Call for Papers 2023

The Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council invites submissions for the 2023 Annual Conference, to be held in Riga, Latvia, from 27 to 29 September 2023.

The conference will be hosted by the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

In 2023 and beyond, the audiovisual heritage institutions in the Baltic region operate in an increasingly complex environment, defined by geopolitical tensions, limited resources, the opportunities, but also challenges, posed by the expanding range of new technologies, as well as varied, even conflicting, expectations of different stakeholders, including the public and governmental sector, the rights-holders and donors, as well as the audience and customers. 

The BAAC Annual Conference aims to provide a platform for discussions among the professional community on the most pressing current issues shaping the collections, policies and practices of the audiovisual heritage institutions. 

We welcome proposals that explore the impact of emerging technologies on audiovisual archives, first and foremost artificial intelligence, including image recognition, chatbots, video production by AI, VR films, and any other relevant topics.

We also invite papers that examine access to AV materials, as well as the ethical considerations that come with providing or denying access to certain materials, but also with digitisation and, in particular, interventions and manipulations related to the process of digital restoration

Additionally, we encourage presenters to address the political and governmental pressures that AV archives face, as well as the challenges of managing traditional and digital collections, but also opportunities provided by the potential of the community, for instance, crowdsourcing a productive method for tapping into the underused resource of collective knowledge.


Presentations must be in English and should be no longer than 30 minutes.

Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted no later than 30 June 2023 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Accepted presenters will be notified by 1 August 2023.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to welcoming you to Riga for a stimulating and engaging conference.

The Organizing Committee of the 2023 Annual Conference of the Baltic Audiovisual Archival Council

About the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is a state accredited private museum, founded in 1993. It is maintained and managed by the public charitable organization the Occupation Museum Association of Latvia (LOMB). Since 1st of June 2022 a new contemporary exhibition ‘Latvia Under the Occupation of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany 1939-1991’ is available to the public.
A visit to the museum is part of the diplomatic protocol of Latvia and the museum is visited by many foreign leaders, diplomats and other representatives on official visits.

Address: Latviesu strelnieku laukums 1, Riga
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