September 24-25, 2010


EPOCH is a peer-reviewed student symposium specifically designed to allow graduate students across a variety of fields to present and discuss ongoing research on cultural heritage preservation. The symposium will include 10-12 individually presented papers, 2-3 panel sessions, and research posters over a two-day period. Additionally, pre-conference workshops with limited seating will be hosted at the School of Information. It is expected that this symposium will become an annual event that will attract students from around the country - and the world - to network and share information.

The following contains some more detailed information about the conference:

WHY: EPOCH was conceived by two doctoral students, Lorrie Dong and Virginia Luehrsen. They attend The University of Texas at Austin's School of Information through the generous support of preservation studies fellowships from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

WHO: EPOCH is looking for papers, posters, and panels presented by graduate students from around the world who specialize in the research and theories of cultural heritage preservation. Please see our Call for Proposals for more details. EPOCH's keynote speaker is Michèle Cloonan, the Dean of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College. Dr. Cloonan is the principal investigator of a NEH grant to train Iraqi librarians and archivists. Her interests include the history of the book, preservation and conservation education, and the book arts.

WHERE: All activities related to EPOCH will be held at The University of Texas at Austin. Presentations for Friday, September 24, 2010 will be held at the University Teaching Center, Room 2.11A. A reception and tour of the School of Information will take place in the evening at 1616 Guadalupe St. Presentations for Saturday, September 25, 2010 will be held at Mezes Hall, Room 1.306.

WHEN: Pre-conference workshops will be held on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 (all-day). Conference will begin at 8:30am on Friday, September 24th, 2010 (all-day). Conference will end at 4pm on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 (all-day). Schedule of events has been posted.