Call for papers for North American Textile Conservation Conference


Conserving Modernity: the Articulation of Innovation

9th North American Textile Conservation Conference
San Francisco, California
November 12th – 15th, 2013

The ninth biennial North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC) will focus on topics that concern
modern materials. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical descriptions, analyses, and conservation treatments involving modern materials, including new textile technologies applied to fiber-based objects such as contemporary dress, wearable art, fiber art and contemporary fabrics, either in total or in part;
  • The ethics of using unstable modern materials in works of art and heritage artifacts and/or respect for the artist’s intention;
  • Research into the impact of the environment on these materials and/or the artifacts created from them;
  • The synergy between natural/synthetic materials when they coexist in an artifact;
  • The use of modern materials, such as adhesives, consolidants and supports in conservation treatments;
  • New approaches to “old” treatments and/or dilemmas in conservation.

Conservators, curators, conservation scientists, collection managers, archaeologists, anthropologists and others engaged with these topics are invited to submit proposals for presentations. Collaborations among any of the above professions or with others are encouraged.

Abstracts for papers and posters (300 words maximum), accompanied by a short biography (100 words maximum) of the author(s) may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish. Abstracts may not have image attachments. Projects already presented and/or published will not be considered. Contact information should include: name, postal and email addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers. NATCC will support one
complimentary registration per accepted paper. A discounted rate will be offered for all accepted posters.

Please submit your abstract by September 1, 2012 to

Presentations will be 20 minutes long; there will be time for questions. All speakers will be required to submit the full publication-ready version of their paper in the language in which it will be presented (English, French or Spanish), by April 1, 2013. The papers will be published in CD format and distributed at the conference along with printed abstracts in English, French and Spanish. An advance copy of each presentation submission
will be required by October 14, 2013 for purposes of simultaneous translation. Please email any questions to and visit our website for continual updates at:

Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the NATCC board. Authors of selected papers and posters will be notified by December 3, 2012. Authors are responsible for rights and permissions to publish photographs and/or graphics.