Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The impact of Cross Disciplinary Conservation Practices on Social Development Last Call for Papers – Deadline 30th September 2013

Submissions are invited to a conference organized by the Conservation and Development Research Network (Institute of Archaeology, University College London) in collaboration with the Heritage Conservation and Human Rights Network (University of Nairobi) and  the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (University of Delaware).
16th-17th May 2014  at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

The conference aims to stimulate lasting discussion (within heritage conservation, the broader field of heritage, and nature conservation) on how the practice of conservation can promote human wellbeing and economic prosperity, support conflict or disaster  recovery, and foster social cohesion. We invite papers exploring the impact of conservation ethics and practices on socio-cultural, economic and ecological contexts in need of development, areas of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction due to natural disasters.  We are particularly interested in submissions in the following areas: 

• The impact of the practice of conservation on people’s wellbeing and quality of life.

• Engagement of local groups in re-construction and/or development through the practice of conservation.

• Cross-disciplinary collaborations between professionals involved in heritage and nature conservation (in both practical and theoretical levels).

• Research on and use of locally produced resources to replace expensive imported treatment materials. 

• Practical issues of conservation in the field, focusing on involvement/training of local people.

• Theoretical and practical approaches that make the practice of conservation sustainable.
Abstracts in English (1,000 words) should be submitted to conservationucl@gmail.com by 30th Sept 2013 (note that the deadline has been extended). Abstracts should contain main aims of the paper, methods to achieve these aims, summary of the discussion and main  conclusions. 
Selected authors will be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies http://jcms-journal.com/  (an open access and peer-reviewed journal).

Confirmed guest-speakers: Naseer Arafat (Arafat Soap Factory/Cultural Heritage Enrichment Center, Palestine); Miriam Clavir (Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada); Chris Collins (Natural History Museum, UK); Anne-Marie Deisser (University  of Nairobi, Department of History and Archaeology, Kenya); Dinah Eastop (National Archives, UK); Dana Goodburn-Brown (CSI: Sittingbourne Project, UK); Jessica Johnson (University of Delaware, Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage,  Iraq); Renata Peters (University College London, Institute of Archaeology, UK); Elizabeth Pye (University College London, Institute of Archaeology, UK);  Ephraim Wahome  (University of Nairobi, Department of History and Archaeology, Kenya).

For more information please contact conservationucl@gmail.com

Thursday, 5 September 2013

ICON Ethnography Group Event at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The ICON Ethnography group is organizing an informative and enjoyable day:

Icon Ethnography gallery talk and group AGM
"Conservation in Focus: Afro Combs"
Date: Saturday 21st September 2013
Venue: Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK
Time: 11:00am

Pia Edqvist, will give a free gallery talk focusing on the conservation work undertaken in preparation for "Origins of the Afro Comb: 6000 years of culture, politics and identity" currently on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The exhibition examines the incredible history of the Afro Comb, the impact it has had culturally across the globe and the community stories related to hair today. The talk will discuss the complexities of treating objects with signs of use and present the interesting aspects of the documentation, conservation and technical analysis executed specifically on this collection of combs.

The conservator and speaker, Pia Edqvist, is currently on placement in the Department of Antiquities of the Fitzwilliam Museum. Her work on 'Origins of the Afro comb' exhibition will form the basis of her Master's Degree in Conservation Science at the University of Oslo, Norway.

After the talk the Ethnography group committee will also hold its AGM and a free light lunch will be provided. We hope the conversation will continue on in a local Cambridge pub afterwards!

If you are interested in attending please contact Arianna Bernucci

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