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[InetBib] CfP IFLA: Identifiers for identities: Rectifying the (mis)representation of demographic groups

Liebe Kolleg*innen,

ich möchte Sie auf folgenden Call for Papers der IFLA-Sektion „Subject Analysis 
and Access“ aufmerksam machen:

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Theme: “Identifiers for identities: Rectifying the (mis)representation of 
demographic groups”

Each knowledge organisation system (KOS) comes with its own cultural 
perspective, its worldview, and its unique way of putting concepts into 
structure. Working with vocabularies, thesauri, and classification systems 
requires an understanding of their respective cultural backgrounds and 
recognizing the power of standardised language to ascribe identities.

In recent years, knowledge organisation systems have been criticised as to how 
they represent marginalized groups, be they defined by ethnicity, 
socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, or gender. The cultural 
competence of any given KOS must be questioned in order to avoid repeating 
discriminatory stereotypes and misrepresentations. What labels do KOS provide 
for different groups? Under which generic terms are they grouped? What is the 
cultural context of the given name and what implications arise from the 
heading/name chosen or its position within a semantic hierarchy? Can there ever 
be a neutral representation?

In our open session we want to highlight projects that rectify some of the 
misrepresentations, eliminating the prejudices (or biases) of the past and 
embrace greater inclusivity in KOS.

This session will focus on ongoing KOS projects which, motivated by cultural 
humility, address the representation of demographic groups and offer innovative 
ideas for change.

We would like to invite papers or presentations on the following sub-themes:
Changes in KOS relating to demographic group naming, subjects, and 
Changes in metadata policies for identity terms.
Lessons learned from related projects (changes in editorial processes and/or 
practices, change management, management of legacy data, reclassification, and 
other relevant projects)
Impact from the implementation of KOS changes to editorial processes and 
metadata creation workflows.
Impact from the implementation of KOS changes to users of metadata and access 
to information resources.
On a meta-level: thoughts on the "standardisability" of names for specific 
demographic groups in KOS: Have we reached the end of standardisability?
KOS editorial process: Integration of individual demographic groups in the 
review and development of related KOS and KOS concepts.

Each presentation will be no longer than 15 minutes and in English.  Time for 
Q&A will be scheduled after the paper presentations.

Proposals must be submitted in an electronic format and must include the 
following information:
Name, title, institution, country, and email of speaker(s)
Brief biographical statement about each speaker (max 100 words)
Title of proposed presentation
Abstract of presentation (300-500 words)
Willingness to comply with IFLA’s Authors’ Permission (Papers / Slides will be 
published in IFLA’s online Repository following the conference)
Confirmation that at least one of the authors can attend the IFLA Congress and 
present in-person if accepted.

All proposals should be submitted by email to both of the following contacts. 
Send proposal abstracts (500 words or less) by 1 May 2023, to:

Athena Salaba
Chair, Subject Analysis and Access Section


Drahomira Cupar
Information Coordinator, Subject Analysis and Access Section

Important dates:
1 May 2023 – Deadline for proposal submission
25 May 2023 – Notification of acceptance
25 July 2023 – Paper, Presentation slides, and Author Permission form 
submission deadline
21-25 August 2023 – WLIC 2023

CFP for SAA’s Open Session at the WLIC 2023 in Rotterdam 

Please note:
SAA Open Session organisers will give priority to in-person presentations. At 
least one of the paper’s authors is strongly encouraged to be present to 
deliver a summary of the paper during the Open Session in Rotterdam. In 
exceptional cases, a pre-recorded presentation may be accepted.

The paper, if supplied, must be an original submission not presented or 
published elsewhere. All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2023 will be 
made available online via the IFLA Repository<https://repository.ifla.org/> 
under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission 
All expenses for attending the Open Session (including conference attendance 
fees, travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the 
authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.
Congress participation Grants:
List of opportunities for support is available on the Apply for Grants & 
Awards<https://2023.ifla.org/conference-participation-grants-awards/> webpage.

Im Namen des Organisationsteams

Julijana Nadj-Guttandin

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