Call for Papers: Genre in Theory, Practice and Research (Archival Science)

Genre in Theory, Practice and Research

Call for Papers: Archival Science

Genre can be defined as a pattern of communication that conforms to community norms. Genres are not fixed, but are constantly evolving and emerging. Examples of familiar genres range from speech utterances to publications, from text messages to databases, from blogs to formal reports. Genre studies is a multi-disciplinary area, which has the potential to yield much of relevance to the archival community.

Accordingly, a special issue of Archival Science will be devoted to the theme of “Genre in Theory, Practice and Research”, guest edited by Wendy Duff, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto ( and Gillian Oliver, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington (

Suggested topics for papers may include:

· The role of genre in digital curation activities

· The implicit and explicit meanings conveyed by genre

· Use of genre in information retrieval

· Genre as a tool in archival appraisal

· Contribution of genre to arrangement and description

· Finding aids from a genre perspective

· Relationship of the concept of genre system to recordkeeping

· Theorizing genre types and genre systems

Key Dates
Proposals for papers (500-1000 words) should be sent to the Guest Editors not later than 1 September 2011. Authors will be notified by 30 September as to the status of their proposal.
Submission Deadline for completed papers : December 1 2011

Review Decisions will be made by: March 1 2012

Final Versions Due: May 1 2012


Submissions should be made online via the Editorial Manager: