The courtyard at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. An ornamental pond is framed by a walkway, with low hedges, bushes and trees. The courtyard also has outdoor seating with umbrellas, backed by building cloisters

Fantastic Futures Canberra 2024: Call for Papers

Fantastic Futures Canberra 2024 Conference: Call for Papers

Call for Papers Has Now Closed

We look forward to seeing you in Canberra, Australia in October!



  • Call for proposals opens: 10 March 2024 
  • Key speakers announcement: 3 May 2024 
  • Call for proposals closes: 14 May 2024 
  • Proposals reviewed by the program committee: 3 June 2024
  • Proposal acceptances: 14 June 2024

Event Details 

On 15-18 October 2024, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia will hold the Fantastic Futures conference on behalf of the AI4LAM community of practice in Canberra, Australia. The conference onsite will be held over four days: two days of workshops and tours and two days of formal sessions. There will be onsite workshops and formal sessions, peer networking and social events. Professionals and researchers from a range of organisations will present and discuss current issues and challenges with AI technologies, theory, practice and knowledge. The formal sessions will be livestreamed, recorded and published. The conference social program will include the opportunity to take tours, meet up and network. Further details about the conference and registration will be supplied directly.

Overall Theme 

Artificial intelligence and the future of work in the GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums).


Lenses given priority for conference submissions are those that cover aspects of history, language and culture relating to place, especially in the Australasian context.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and culture 
  • Māori language and culture 
  • Bicultural and multicultural communities 
  • Colonisation and recolonisation 
  • Oceania languages and culture  
  • Southeast Asian languages and culture 
  • Languages, dialects and vocabularies 
  • Decolonising geospatial data 
  • Representation of Indigeneity 
  • Land, culture and identity 
  • Audiovisual, culture and identity  


Submissions are prioritised that cover these themes:  

  • Audiovisual heritage and AI 
  • Social impact of AI 
  • AI literacy and skills 
  • Responsible AI 
  • Data sovereignty and stewardship and AI 
  • Institutional adoption of AI 
  • Collaboration and AI 
  • Intellectual property and AI 
  • Environmental impact of AI 
  • Generative AI 
  • Creative AI  
  • Research partnerships and AI 


Submissions are prioritised that cover these topics:  

  • Organisational and practice change 
  • Data ethics and curation 
  • CARE principles (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics) 
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork  
  • Community engagement 
  • FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) 
  • Low resource languages  

Outside of the lenses, themes and topics outlined, submissions may also seek to cover:  

  • ML model types (language, image, sound, multimodal)  
  • Computer vision 
  • Collaboration models 
  • Operationalising AI 
  • Paradata and AI 
  • Practical examples of AI 
  • Insource and/or outsource AI 
  • Visitor engagement and AI 
  • Practical applications/examples of AI  
  • Indigenous approaches to AI 
  • Stakeholders buy-in and change 
  • Professional capabilities and change 
  • ML model training and development  
  • Data and computer science  

Proposal Types 

Please submit these proposals targeted at the intersection of theory and practice in the application of AI technologies in the context of cultural, research and heritage collections. Also consider the range of delivery types (highly interactive and rehearsed) and formats (short-talk, discussion, presentation and workshop). All presentations and workshops will be delivered onsite in Canberra, Australia. Proposals for remote delivery will not be accepted. 

Formats for presentations are:  

  • Lightning talk: 5 mins 
  • Presentation: 15 mins  
  • Panel: 45 mins 
  • Discussion: 1 hour 
  • Presentation: 30 mins 

Formats for workshops or group sessions are: 

  • Working group: 1-2 hours  
  • Structured: 1 hour 
  • Structured: 2 hours  
  • Hands-on (hack): 2 hours 
  • Discussion (yack): 1 hour  
  • Digital showcase (demo): 30 mins 

Submission and Reviews 

Submission Deadline: 14 May 2024   

The submission deadline has now closed.   

Review Deadline: 3 June 2024  

All submissions will be reviewed by the program committee.  

Acceptance Deadline: 14 June 2024 

All notifications of acceptance and rejection will be sent out. 


Contact Information 

FF24 Program Committee 

Abbey Potter – Senior Innovation Specialist, Library of Congress 

Claudia Engel PhD – Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer, Stanford University 

Daniel Lewis – Head of Technology, State Library of Victoria 

Elizabeth Long – Assistant Director, Digital Archives Innovation and Research, National Archives of Australia 

Dr Emmanuelle Bermes – Educational Manager, École national de chartes PSL 

Francesco Ramigni – Manager, Cloud Services and Software Development, ACMI 

Ingrid Mason – Senior Manager, Program Management Office, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia 

Javier de la Rosa PhD – Research Scientist, National Library of Norway 

Jefferson Bailey – Director, Web Archiving, Internet Archive 

Johan Oomen – Head of Research and Heritage Services, National Institute for Sound and Vision 

Jon Dunn – Assistant Dean for Library Technologies, Indiana University (AMP) 

Dr Katrina Grant – Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney / Australian National University 

Dr Keir Winesmith – Chief Digital Officer, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Dr Mia Ridge – Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections, British Library 

Dr Paul Wong – Senior Lecturer, Australian National University 

Rowan Payne – Manager, Digital NZ Services, National Library of New Zealand 

Sae Ra Germaine – Deputy CEO & Manager of Member and Academic Services, CAVAL 

Sean Bridgeman – Manager Access Services, Collection, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia 

Dr Sydney Shep – Associate Professor Waiteata Press, Victoria University of Wellington 

Dr Tyne Daile Sumner – ARC DECRA Fellow in English & Digital Humanities, Australian National University 

Vick Gwyn – Senior Curator, Collection Research and Development, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia 


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Main image: the courtyard at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia