Excluded Voices – a WHELF Conference

WHELF are organising a free one-day conference on Excluded Voices and our Collections to be held online, on 22nd April 2021. We’d like to invite colleagues from the libraries, museums and heritage sector organisations across the UK to submit abstracts for the conference.

We are looking for abstracts for keynote presentations (20 minutes), lightning talks (10 minutes) and poster presentations (to be delivered during refreshment breaks on rotation).

The conference will focus on recognising the structural inequalities which are often present in our collections and services, and on showcasing initiatives and developments which seek to tackle these. The dominant voices in our collections are often those of privilege, but there are many other stories and multiple perspectives, sometimes hidden or excluded from view.  Relevant topics for submission will include the development of inclusive collection policies, diversifying reading lists and curricula, showcasing diverse collections and practices, and critical assessment of bias in our structures and policies.

To submit your abstract please complete the attached template and return to Gill Morris, WHELF Development Officer by 1st March 2021

You’ll be contacted by 19th March 2021 to confirm acceptance of your abstract. We welcome submissions in Welsh or English.

We intend to record all presentations for inclusion on our Internet page for the benefit of colleagues across the sector.

With thanks to JISC for technical support