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Conference on scientific methods in cultural heritage research

From: Francesca Casadio <fcasadio<-a>
Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
"Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research: Challenges and
    Complexity in characterization and Conservation"
Gordon Research Conference
Newry, Maine
July 27 - Aug 1, 2014

The Gordon Research Conference on "Scientific Methods in Cultural
Heritage Research: Challenges and Complexity in characterization and
Conservation" will take place on July 27- August 1, 2014 in Newry,

The participation of young investigators is promoted through the
allied Gordon Research Seminar "Molecular and Material Analysis for
Art, Archaeometry and Conservation" (July 26-27, 2014, same
location) and dedicated poster sessions at the GRC.

The 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in
Cultural Heritage Research is shaping up to be one of the most
exciting and important meetings in chemistry for Cultural Heritage,
conservation science and archaeometry.  We are bringing an
outstanding and diverse group of scientists at the forefront of
research and are making every attempt to include younger scientists
and students as well

The 2014 conference will highlight the established and emerging
disciplines involved and techniques employed to study artworks at a
level necessary to characterize structure and chemistry required for
the design of innovative restoration strategies and for novel,
critical interpretation.  From this, sessions will demonstrate (a)
how advances in analytical and imaging probes have afforded an
unprecedented view of complex materials and their make-up; (b) how
such advances have led to innovative solutions for treatment and
preventive conservation; and will (c) explore how this platform can
lead to predictive tools for change.

The conference will encompass a broad portfolio of topics, including
diagnosis, modes of alteration, biodeterioration, prevention and
treatment in conservation, along with the in-depth exploration of
surface and 3-D transport phenomena.  Areas of focus will go from
collagen-based materials and archaeological iron to modern and
contemporary art, with a spotlight on advanced analytical methods of
promise for Cultural Heritage applications.

The Conference, one of the most prestigious in the sciences, offers
a unique format that fosters extended and in-depth interdisciplinary
discussion and provides a fruitful environment for the genesis of
new research ideas by a diverse community of scientists and
conservators at the forefront of their fields.  Emphasis is placed
on extended discussions during the sessions and speakers, and
discussion leaders and attendees have numerous opportunities to
interact outside of the structured sessions.

The format is truly unique, because these conferences are held in
beautiful but remote locations, creating a strong sense of community
and favoring the generation of new ideas and collaborations in ways
that are difficult to experience in most other conferences.  For
example, presentations are 40 minutes long and discussion of yet
unpublished results is encouraged, then 15 minutes follow entirely
dedicated to discussion, led by an expert in the field that is
charged with making sure that the full potential of the ideas
discussed in the talks is unfolded.

While there are talks scheduled in the morning and evenings, and
there is a poster session between 4 and 6 in the afternoon, the
middle hours of the afternoon are left free for participants to
enjoy sports, hike, relax, or chat informally with colleagues.  This
is a great opportunity to get valuable face-time with some of the
leaders in the field, and it is a wonderful opportunity for
conservation scientists, conservators who want to learn everything
about the latest research and influence with their questions and
ideas where the new research is going, academics who are interested
in actively engaging in research with Museum professionals and
conservation scientists, professors who want to gather idea for a
chemistry and art course, graduate and postgraduates students that
want to showcase their research with posters and get inspirations
and contacts for their future career: there's something for

Broad and diverse participation will ensure that the Conference
continues to have a transformative role in the "emerging" field of
cultural heritage science, by providing a dynamic forum where
academic, museum, industry and large scale facilities scientists can
meet and exchange ideas with conservators and other conservation
professionals leading to the generation of new joint research

More information is available at


Conference Program


    Francesca Casadio
    Art Institute of Chicago

    Philippe Walter
    Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

Vice Chairs:

    Jennifer Mass
    Winterthur Museum

    Tim Wess
    Charles Sturt University

Sunday July 7, 2014

Session 1
Scientific Studies of Ancient and Historic Production: Putting
Cultural Heritage Research in Context

Discussion Leader: Barbara Berrie
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

    Margaret W. Conkey
    University of California, Berkeley

        "The sociotechnics of Image Making: Pigment and Dating
        Research in the Prehistoric and Paleolithic Arts"

    Ashok Roy
    National Gallery, London, UK

        "Old Master Paintings under the Microscope:  Has Art History

Monday July 28, 2014

Session 2
Conservation 1: The Problem of Condition: Diagnosis and Treatment

Discussion Leader:
Alison Murray
Queens University, CA

    Matija Strlic
    University College London, UK

        "On Change and Isoperms, Damage and Isochrones"

    Maria Luisa de Carvalho
    Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

        "New Developments in Portable X-Ray Spectrometry on Material
        Degradation Studies: Strengths and Constraints"

    Piero Baglioni
    University of Florence, Italy

        "Confined Systems for Controlled Cleaning: Physical and
        Chemical Gels"

Session 3
Conservation 2: Modes of Alteration and Prevention

Discussion Leader:
Paul Whitmore
Yale University

    Jaap Boon
    Jaap Enterprises, Amsterdam

        "Instability of Dried Oil Paints in Modern and Contemporary
        Oil Paintings Leading to Softening, Stickiness, Dripping and

    Jim Druzik
    Getty Conservation Institute

        "Microfading to Nanomechanics: Virtual non-Destructive
        Methods to Access Object Vulnerabilities"

Tuesday July 29, 2014

Session 4
Advanced Analytical Methods of Promise for Cultural Heritage

Discussion Leader:
Yeonhee Lee
Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea

    Sergei Kazarian
    Imperial College, London, UK

        "Enhancing Studies of Objects of Cultural Heritage with
        Spectroscopic Imaging"

    Ester Ferreira
    Swiss Institute for Art Research, Switzerland

        "Adding a New Dimension: New Promising Tools in Painting
        Conservation Studies"

    Demian Ifa
    York University, Canada

        "Imaging Mass Spectrometry: Fundamentals and Applications"

Session 5

Discussion Leader:

    Archana Vasanthakumar
    Harvard University

        "The Microbiome of Ancient Burial Materials"

    Federica Villa
    University of Milano, Italy and Montana State University

        "'Landscape Ecology of Subaerial Biofilms and their
        Perception of Environmental Cues: New Paths in Research of
        Biodeterioration of Stone"

Wednesday July 30, 2014

Session 6
3D Transport phenomena

Discussion Leader:
Fenella France
Library of Congress, Washington DC

    Katrien Keune
    University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

        "Studying the Mobility of Oil Paint Constituents in

    Philippe Dillmann
    IRAMAS, CEA/CNRS, Saclay, France

        "Transport Versus Reactivity: Understanding and Modeling
        Corrosion Processes of Cultural Heritage Ferrous Metals"

    Christian Amatore
    Ecole Normale Superieure, France

        "Do Molecules React Identically in Gas Phase, Solutions and
        Materials? Application to Cultural Heritage Artifacts"

Session 7
Collagen-Based Materials: Characterization and Preservation

Discussion Leader:
Matthew Collins
University of York, UK

    Caroline Tokarski
    University of Lille, France

        "Proteomic Studies of Archeological Collagen"

    Ina Reiche
    Rathgen research laboratory, State Museums of Berlin, Germany

        "Understanding Ancient Ivory at Different Hierarchical
        Scales.  How Far Do we Need to Go?"

Thursday July 31, 2014

Session 8
Surface Phenomena

Discussion Leader:
Silvia Centeno
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

     Patrick Ravines
     Buffalo State's Art Conservation Department, NY

        "Daguerreotypes: an Overview of Surface and Subsurface
        Characterization Studies Using Electron and Optical

    Gianluca Valentini
    Politecnico of Milano, Italy

        "Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopic Methods for the Analysis
        and Monitoring of Cultural Heritage"

    C. Richard Johnson, Jr.
    Cornell University, NY

        "On the Feasibility of Classifying Historic Photographic
        Paper via Texture Similarity Analysis"

Session 9
Scientific Research for Modern Art: Current Needs and Future Outlook

Discussion Leader:
Heinz-Eberhard Mahnke
Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany

    Narayan Khandekar
    Harvard Art Museums

        "Can a Degree or Two in Chemistry Prepare You for
        Contemporary Art?"

    Best Poster Presenters:  TBA

Francesca Casadio, PhD
Andrew W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave
60603 Chicago, IL
Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago
CEnter for Scientific Studies in the Arts

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:37
                  Distributed: Sunday, March 30, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-27-37-015
Received on Thursday, 27 March, 2014

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