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Subject: Call for papers--IIC Congress

Call for papers--IIC Congress

From: Graham Voce <iicon<-a>
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2005
IIC Congress 2006
The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries

The 21st IIC international congress will take place in Munich,
Germany, 3-8 September 2006, at the invitation of the
Doerner-Institut and its parent-organisation, the Bayerische

The subject of the conference will be The Object in Context:
Crossing Conservation Boundaries. The Conference will examine the
way that the contexts in which an object was conceived and created,
and in which it has been kept or displayed, affect conservation
decisions. The inclusion of crossing boundaries in the title
indicates that contributions to the conference are likely to be
cross-disciplinary in nature.

Every culturally important object has been created, used, preserved
and displayed in specific circumstances. These combine to define
present and historical contexts which contribute to an objects
current appearance and state of conservation. In many cases the
knowledge of this context supports decisions which are made for its
conservation or restoration and for scientific research.
Contributions to this Congress should consider an object or group of
objects within a historical and cultural context.

Object-related information may be collected during conservation
treatment, but may also come from beyond conservation boundaries
through scientific research and academic studies conducted in
related disciplines. These disciplines might be art history,
archaeology, economics or technical history, which would offer
insights into the making and meaning of the object, or from fields
such as architecture, trade, mining, industry and pharmacy.

The conference should promote the use of new primary documentary
material and sources, including patents, travel literature, recipes,
interviews with artists or craftsmen or any other new material
related to the object. The broad theme allows objects of all types,
and from all periods or cultures to be included. It also allows
material to be presented from the many different fields of
conservation and conservation research. There may be cases where
study of an object has led to greater understanding of its
historical context, and cases where the study of some aspect of that
context has allowed clearer appreciation of the condition of an

It is expected that close links will be made between studies of the
objects context and the decisions made about conservation treatment
or scientific research. The character of the conference implies the
involvement, not only of conservators and conservation scientists,
but also of historians, art historians, archaeologists and others.
It is hoped that considerable interaction between related
disciplines will be demonstrated. The conference should increase the
awareness of the importance of the conditions under which works of
art are made, used, presented or kept and underline the key role of
conservation in understanding this. Papers presented at an IIC
Congress and published in the contributions undergo a rigorous peer
review process.

To this end, the IIC Council appoints a committee of international
experts who will make a selection from the proposals received and
invite draft papers. They will then review the drafts and determine
the final content of the programme. The Technical Committee will be
chaired by Jonathan Ashley-Smith and the contributions will be
edited for publication by David Saunders.

Call for papers:

If you would like to present a paper, you may submit a proposal over
the web; just go to <URL:> where you
will find a link to the conference on the front page. Follow this
link to the page which will give you a form for submitting your
proposal. You will see that you can submit this form online, or can
send it by e-mail to the IIC office, or can print it out to Fax: or
post to the IIC Office.  If you wish, the form can be obtained
directly from the IIC office; this can then be filled in and
returned by post or Fax: to the IIC office for submission. Please
remember that your work should not be presented and/or published
elsewhere before the date of the congress. Simultaneous translation
in English and German will be provided in Munich but the language of
the conference publications will be English.

Deadline for receipt of summaries: 30 April 2005. You will receive a
response from the Technical Committee by the end of June. Draft MSS
will be required by 30 September 2005 and the Technical Committee
will make their selection by the end of November. Final MSS will be
due on 13 January 2006.

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    Works (IIC)
6 Buckingham Street
London WC2N 6BA
+44 20 7839 5975
Fax: +44 20 7976 1564

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:37
                Distributed: Wednesday, February 9, 2005
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Received on Thursday, 3 February, 2005

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