Monday, 10 March 2014

The Impact of Cross-Disciplinary Conservation on Social Development 16th & 17th May 2014

The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2014, titled 'The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development' has selected a slate of presenters.  The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 16 & 17 May 2014, at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Lecture Theatre G6 from 8:30 to 18:00.  Conference posters will be on display all day Friday in room 612. A Friday evening reception will be held, giving people time to view and discuss the presentations. 
You can book your tickets here!

Conservation decision-making processes are influenced by local, national and international socio-economic factors and their associated contexts. Conversely, conservation can also significantly affect socio-economic development and lead to improvements in people’s lives. Understanding layers of history, values, how they are shaped, their contexts, motivations, and their impact form the fundamental basis for effective decision-making processes in conservation today.
The conference will explore 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.  The main purpose of the conference is 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.

Take advantage of the early bird fees! And check out our stunning list of presenters!

Naseer Arafat (Arafat Soap Factory, Palestine); Jody Butterworth (The British Library, UK); Miriam Clavir (Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada); Chris Collins (Natural History Museum, UK); Anne-Marie Deisser (University of Nairobi, Kenya); Dinah Eastop (National Archives, UK); Dana Goodburn-Brown (CSI: Sittingbourne Project, UK); Pieta Greaves, Simon Cane, David Symons, Cathy Shingler and Elizabeth Thatcher (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, UK); Adam Guy (University College London, UK); Jessica Johnson, Brian M Lione, Kim Cullen Cobb (Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, Iraq); Sophia Labadi (University of Kent); Renata F Peters (University College London, UK); Elizabeth Pye (University College London, UK); Flavia Ravaioli (University College London, UK); Anna Teresa Ronchi (Politecnico de Milano, Italy); Manasa Sibanda (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe); Craig Spence (Bishop Grosseteste University, UK); Dean Sully (University College London, UK); Gilbert K. Wafula (University of Nairobi, Kenya); Ephraim Wahome (University of Nairobi, Kenya).

Sofia Aleixo (Évora University, Portugal); Laura D’Alessandro (Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, USA); Dominica D’Arcangelo, Sally MacDonald and Melina Smirniou (University College London, UK);Dimitris Chatzigiannis (University College London, UK - alumnus); Yuqi Chock (University College London, UK); Abigail Duckor and Anna Funke (University College London, UK); Francesca Guiducci (University College London, UK - alumna); Kristen Gillette (University College London, UK); Madeline Hagerman (University College London, UK); Muzhgan Hamraz (Kabul University, Afghanistan); Misa Tamura (British Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum, UK); Katarzina Jarosz (International University of Logistics and Transport, Wrocław, Poland); Megan Narvey (University College London, UK); Elia Quijano Quinones (University College London, UK); Sylvia Dorsch Schweri (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA, USA); Patricia Torres Sepulveda (University College London, UK); Louise Smith (University College London, UK); Seiko Tokuda (University College London, UK); Melany Hoshun Wan (Matho Museum Project).

This event is being organised by the UCL Conservation and Development Research Network, 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). 
The two-day conference, on 16-17 May 2014, has been awarded the UCL Institute of  Archaeology's Conference Competition award as well as being a winner of a 2013 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grant (Intercultural Interaction)
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