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Tagung „Conservation Ethics Today“ in Florenz

1. März - 3. März

The conference „Conservation Ethics Today: Are our Conservation-Restoration Theories and Practice ready for the 21st Century?“ will take place in Florence, Italy March 1-3, 2018 and will focus on the relationships between theory and practice of conservation-restoration in the field of heritage preservation, considering the positions and developments of the twentieth century for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Particular attention will be directed to architectural heritage, its surroundings and its fittings, such as architectural surfaces and wall paintings, stuccos, decorative elements in stone, majolica, ceramic, etc. Contributions and discussions will deal with experiences and perspectives of conservation-restoration, especially in European heritage preservation. This is due to the conference’s involvement in the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) program 2018. A critical look from outside Europe is welcomed and expected to provide important input and fresh perspectives.

The ethics of conservation concern issues of the relationship between objects and actors, i.e. between our heritage and the professionals dealing with heritage preservation. Ethical principles as a basis for developing appropriate methods and techniques of conservation-restoration are required. These applied ethics are closely connected with the professional ethics of conservator-restorers and of all other specialists involved in the preservation of architectural heritage. The conference will pay attention to improving interdisciplinary cooperation between conservator-restorers, architects, craftsmen, art historians, building archaeologists, conservation scientists, and all others active in this field. With reference to everyday practice, the discussion will deal with the specific professional profiles and tasks of all these specialists and try to increase the quality of communication and co-operation.

The conference contributions shall establish a close contact between theoretical positions and their significance for the practice of conservation-restoration. The conference aims to offer a forum for discussion between professionals with various specializations, including students and young professionals active in the field of heritage preservation. Florence presents excellent potential for visits on site, with the possibility to evaluate famous conservation-restorations of the last decades and to study current conservation-restoration projects. In this context, one of the central issues will focus on historical, ethical, and aesthetic aspects dealing with the fragment and the possibilities of integration and presentation, with reference to theories and practice of conservation-restoration in the twentieth century and the perspectives of today.

In the course of the European Year of Cultural Heritage EYCH 2018, the issues and goals of the Florence conference will be continued and deepened by various regional European workshops that focus on specific local problems and demands of conservation-restoration, optimally with historical and current case studies. The aim is to organize these workshops with the support of ICOMOS National Committees and national professional organizations. The intent of these workshops is to strengthen the European network for interdisciplinary exchange and co-operation in the field of conservation-restoration of architectural heritage, its surfaces and fittings.

More information about the conference

Call for Papers: Conservation Ethics Today
(due date for abstracts is October 31, 2017)

Bildnachweis: Detail aus dem Chiostrino dei Voti in Santissima Annunziata, Florenz (Foto: Ursula Schädler-Saub)


1. März
3. März


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