Download the ACA@UBC Seminar and Symposium Program in PDF.

Please note that minor edits were made to the program on April 22, 2022.



The Association of Canadian Archivists Student Chapter at the University of British Columbia (ACA@UBC) is delighted to present its eleventh annual international Seminar and Symposium, Transforming Archival Education, which will be held virtually from April 28 to April 29, 2022.

The event will feature a Seminar-day and a Symposium-day. The seminar consists of interactive panels with a range of international speakers, while the symposium features presentations in which speakers express their personal opinions and share their experiences. Students, academics, and professionals are invited to attend both events and to actively participate. 

Seminar (Thursday, April 28) 
Symposium (Friday, April 29) 

How does someone learn to be a good archivist, and what does being a “good archivist” mean? Terry Cook (2000) advocates bridging the perceived divide between theory and practice by challenging “the imperative of absolutes” in archival education, while Bergis Jules (2016) calls on archivists to center people over professional “neutrality” in order to combat the harms of a historical record “filled with silences, absences, and distortions, mostly affecting the legacies of the less privileged.” Anne Gilliland et al. (2008) suggest that integrating Indigenous knowledge and practices into archival pedagogy is necessary to prevent archival education from potentially acting as a neocolonial force. Given these assessments of archival education and the profession, we ask: can archival education support the transformation of the archival profession and break down barriers to justice? How can it do so?

In the 13th annual ACA@UBC Seminar and Symposium, we will push the boundaries of our understanding of archival education through redefining archives, dismantling academic gatekeeping, and challenging Euro-centric models of archival education and practice. During two days of virtual participatory discussions and panels with leaders in the field, attendees will challenge and broaden their understanding of who archival education can serve and how.


Social Space

Throughout the Seminar and Symposium, there will be a Padlet page open to provide a space to connect with other event attendees. Discuss the conference, post photos of your pets, share interesting articles, and more.

We made this link available from April 28th to May 5th. Thank you for participating in our Padlet discussions!

Program and graphics designed by Emma Moros. Padlet created by Cameron Welsh.