Call for Papers

Genealogy and Local History Section

The infinite possibilities of family history and genealogy in East and South Asian culture

Submission and approval of proposals:

Proposals for papers must normally be submitted by e-mail. The deadline for submitting proposals is
1 March 2013, but earlier submission would be appreciated at any time after 15 February.

Paper proposals should be sent to:

In the e-mail subject line please indicate: "GENLOC Singapore 2013 proposal"

Each proposal should include:

  • Abstract in English of approximately 250 words, summarizing the paper or other proposed program element (panel, exhibition, interactive discussion)
  • Speaker's name, professional affiliation, postal address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and brief biographical note.

Proposals are especially welcome which include an exploration of the role of family history and genealogy in lived East and South Asian religious and cultural traditions, social customs and holiday celebrations, as well as in library and archival collections. A mixed international group of papers reflecting the traditions of Japan, Korea, China including Taiwan, the Indian subcontinent and the southeast Asian countries is expected. Cross-cultural comparisons are encouraged.

The programme committee will respond to proposals beginning on March and no later than 15 March 2013.


Authors must be prepared to give presentations in person at the open session in Singapore. The length of the presentations should be approximately 20 minutes.

Papers may be submitted and delivered either in English or in Chinese with an accompanying English translation for the conference record. Some simultaneous interpretation will be available. Papers should be no more than 4000 words in length, and should be submitted ready to publish. According to IFLA policy, reproductions of presentation slides may form part of the published paper, but a coherent text must link and explain the slides, with introduction, argument and conclusions. The deadline for submitting accepted complete papers for publication in the conference proceedings is 15 May 2012, to the address indicated in the message of acceptance.

Important dates

1 March 2013:Proposal submission deadline
15 March 2013:Notification of acceptance
15 May 2013:Full papers

For additional questions, please contact:

Frank Kirkwood
GENLOC Open Session Organizer 2013
Kirkwood Professional
21A Broadway Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 2V4
Tel.: +1-613-296-5845


All proposals must be in before 1 March 2013.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Singapore National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Up-to-date information will be available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Last update: 12 February 2013