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The themes for forthcoming editions of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Context, are regularly published on the Context page of the IHBC web site.

The theme of each issue takes the form of three or four main articles and allows us to look in detail at a conservation issue or building type

Themed issues of Context also include more general conservation articles as well as news, book reviews and reports from IHBC’s officers.

If you have any suggestions for articles or other material contact Fiona Newton at: editorial@ihbc.org.uk



Place: University of East London

Dates: 14 – 15 June 2018

Abstracts: 01 April 2018

Abstract Submission Form

Early Abstracts reviewed on a rolling basis from 01 Jan 2018. This allows international delegates time to arrange travel plans.


This conference calls upon art and architectural historians, sociologists, cultural theoristsarchitectsplannersurban designers, to critique the urban conditions of the past with a view to informing the present.

Sample of themes: contemporary architecture and modes of production |  emerging forms in city planning  |  social and political history of urbanisation  globally |  representations of ‘the city’ in art  |  historic architecture as social text


In a time when the construction of New Towns is on the agenda in UK; when climate change threatens historic cities and landscapes in Asia; when the cultural industries turn our art and architectural history into economic models of development; when entire cities are being built from scratch across rural China; and socio-economic change is destroying industrial communities leaving people in the West in search for answers from politicians like of Donald Trump, what can we mean by ‘heritage’?

Our built environment of buildings, towns, cities and infrastructures are always, at inception, visions of a future. They also become – very quickly – the markings of the past. Framed as architectural history, these markings tend to be what we think of when discussing heritage. However, heritage is more than this. It is equally a question of artistic and media representations of the present and the past; the social milieus we destroy or reinforce as economies fade or grow; the societies we construct through varying forms of city governance; the artistic and political legacies we use as points of rupture in building the future.

Our buildings, towns, cities and their artistic and media representations then, are all visions of an aesthetic present. They are the realisation through design of what we can and wish to build. They are social constructions defining the way people live, think, develop and desire. They are economic contrivances marking out the interests of capital. They are expressions of knowledge and skills which can inform innovation. They are phenomena mediated equally by the arts, medias and actual experience. They are inevitably political at every level.

This conference suggests we cannot think of heritage in reductive terms, neither as isolated objects or images nor as a purely historic phenomenon. The decisions we take about this ‘heritage’ today are not only based on the past, they will inform the future.



In redefining heritage as a historic, artistic, design, media, social, political, and economic issue, this conference attempts to open up the concept to a reading that is interdisciplinary. In questioning these relationships over time, it seeks to understand the past in light of the present and identify creative ways of operating in a globalised future.

Within this framework, the conference welcomes international specialists who will ask their own questions about history and the present, and thus help redefine the perspective of others: artarchitectural and social historianscultural theorists, architectsplanners and urban designers. Examples of questions we expect to be asked include, but are not limited to:

What role did and will art and design economies have on city development? How do the arts and the media create and distort our vision of built and social urban heritage? How have and can we preserve the architecture of the past while building for the present? What happens to community and social bonds when cities are replanned? How do changing economic conditions alter how we build and live in cities? How has craftmanship and knowledge typically informed contemporary modes of production and work through innovative processes…..



We seek to explore definitions of ‘heritage’ by considering it from various angles: physical form, artistic formulation, political tool, social and media construct, economic reification and digital innovation. As a result, the conference welcomes presentations from specialists from multiple fields whose work overlaps with issues of heritage broadly defined: art historians, conservationists, architects, urban designers, cultural theorists, sociologists, artists, media and press historians, planners and more.

In this regard the event follows the expressly interdisciplinary dialogue set out by AMPS and the research and publication programme PARADE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments).

Find out more here…


American Association for Italian Studies

  • Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018
  • Location: Sorrento, Vermont, United States
  • Address: Sant’Anna Institute
  • Contact: Eleanor DAponte
  • Email: edapont@norwich.edu

The American Association for Italian Studies is now accepting session and roundtable proposals for their next conference, which will take place from 14-17 June 2018 at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy.


The genesis of architectural ornament derives from ritual and a human instinct for imitation (Gottfried Semper, 2004). Early architectural ‘enclosures’, or ‘space dividers’ were first plant fiber woven mats and then woven tapestries. Woven patterns used as edging for Roman tapestry walls are replicated in Pompeiian fresco designs. The ritual uses of tapestries and relics in religious ceremonies of the Sorrentine peninsula are memorialized and transformed as decorative and structural motifs on walls, in mosaics, liturgical elements, and building facades.  Interdisciplinary papers exploring the relationship of ornament to ritual and sacrament from ancient to modern times are welcome.

Proposals due to edapont@norwich.edu by December 30, 2017 should include title, brief abstract (200-250 words), and short biographical blurb.

Chair: Eleanor D’Aponte, AIA, Associate Professor, Norwich University, edapont@norwich.edu

4th International SEAHA Conference

The 4th International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) will be hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, 4-6 June 2018. Details regarding the conference can be found here.

The Call for Abstracts is now open and the deadline is on 22nd January 2018. We would like to invite you to submit your abstracts for oral and/or posters presentations that signify the best science presented in an accessible manner to a broad audience. Please submit your abstracts by completing the Abstract Submission Form here:  http://bit.ly/2AIh608.

The SEAHA conference series aims to engage with high-quality interdisciplinary scientific research of cultural heritage. Based on the success of the past three events, the series established a platform for open dialogue between academics, professionals, practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy-makers from around the globe.

The 4th SEAHA conference will continue to examine the opportunities and challenges confronting heritage science. In doing so, we would like to showcase collaboration with industry in particular and deepen the interdisciplinarity by engaging with high-profile academics and professionals from a broad range of expertise. It is our great pleasure to announce the invited speakers:

  • Prof. May Cassar

Professor of Sustainable Heritage, Director of Institute for Sustainable Heritage, University College London, UK.

Proposed topic: Job creation in heritage science

  • Prof. Mathew Collins

Niels Bohr Professor of Palaeoproteomics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Professor of Archaeology, University of York, UK.

Proposed topic: Bioarchaeology

  •  Edonis Jesus

BIM leader, Lendlease, UK.

Founder and chairwoman of BIM4Heritage, UK.

Proposed topic: BIM for cultural heritage

  •  Chris Jones

Head of Department, Natural History Museum, Core Research Laboratories, UK.

Proposed topic: Science and natural history collections

  •  Prof. Chris Lintott

Professor of Astrophysics, Department of Physics, Oxford University, UK.

Principal Investigator of Zooniverse.

Proposed topic: Citizen science and crowd sourcing 

  • Nicola Masini

Senior Research Scientist, National Research Council (CNR) – Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage (IBAM), Italy.

Proposed topic: Use of spatial technologies in surveying and monitoring cultural heritage 

  • Andrew Miller

Former MP for Ellesmere Port & Neston, UK.

Royal Society’s Science Policy Advisory Group, UK.

Proposed topic: Science and policy 

  • Prof. Sofia Olhede

Professor of Statistics, Honorary Professor of Computer Science, senior research associate of Mathematics, Director of UCL Centre for Data Science, University College London, UK.

Proposed topic: Big data in heritage science 

  • Luca Pezzati

Senior researcher, National Institute for Optics of the National Research Council (INO-CNR), Italy.

Coordinator of E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science.

Proposed topic: International research infrastructure for heritage science

Please contact the conference organising committee at events@seaha-cdt.ac.uk for queries and comments.


20th International Assembly and Symposium of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation,
“HERITAGE for PLANET EARTH 2018”, 3-4 March 2018


The Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco and its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism® are pleased to inform and invite you to the Symposium HERITAGE for PLANET EARTH 2018, to be held during the 20th International Assembly of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, in Florence (Italy), on 3-4 March 2018.

Following the successful approach and international resonance of the previous 19th edition 11-12 March 2017(*), the 2018 edition of “Heritage for Planet Earth” Symposium presents 3 different sessions:

  1. Tourism market trends : to manage or to be managed
  2. Digital technologies: saving identity or feeding globalization?
  3. Smart city and heritage conservation by means of modern building technologies

We believe that World Heritage Sites represent a great strategy for getting people of different cultures together and for exercising dialogue among numerous cultures, so the symposium is aimed is to open a platform where to get together THEORY & PRACTICE in order to contribute to the development of dialogue among cultures under the main topic Heritage for Intercultural Dialogue on the Planet we all share.

For your participation,  you will find the Call for Abstract with further details and orientation or apply to secretarygeneral@fondazione-delbianco.org.


  • 15th December 2017: abstract submission
  • 15th January 2018: notification of the abstracts acceptance on the conference webpage
  • 20th February 2018: final papers submission for ISBN e-book conference proceedings)

Urban Jewish Heritage: Presence and Absence

Over the centuries, cities across Europe and around the world have been impacted by their Jewish communities; as places of both presence and absence. The touristic presentation of Jewish heritage in many cities belies long and difficult histories but nevertheless recognition through the protection, conservation and interpretation of this heritage is of increasing importance. However, within their wider context of urban heritage, many sites and narratives of former, and existing, Jewish communities face a number of issues that require deeper examination and policy/practical responses.
Being held as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, this Conference is dedicated to
addressing Urban Jewish Heritage and the multi-layered issues it faces. Its aim is to examine, discuss and explore pasts, presents and futures for cities and towns with Jewish heritage. The Conference recognises that the threats to Jewish heritage are complex and dynamic and there is a need to identify new thinking to preserve and sustainably manage both the tangible and intangible aspects of Jewish culture and to communicate this to a wider audience. In doing so, it seeks to address the following indicative questions:

• What are the pressures upon Jewish heritage in the urban context and what levels of
protection and conservation are in place to deal with such pressures?
• How can new and sensitive uses be found for Jewish heritage in towns and cities?
• What management models can be applied to Jewish heritage to ensure its sustainability?
• What forms of relationships exist between Jewish heritage sites and urban tourism?
• What are the touristic experiences with Jewish heritage?
• To what extent is the interpretation of Jewish heritage effective and geared to an increasingly cosmopolitan and younger audience?
• What is the role of the museum in the mediation and representation of Jewish heritage?
• How is the intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish community communicated?

Held in the World Heritage City of Krakow in Poland, which demonstrates both the potential and the challenges involved with its own extensive Jewish heritage, the Conference will bring together academics, managers, planners, policy makers and community leaders to address the above questions and more. The Conference is designed to encourage provocative, creative and constructive dialogue across different sectors and different disciplines and will feature case studies and best practice. Thus we welcome papers from those working in heritage conservation, planning, policy, management, interpretation, museums and tourism and from academic colleagues in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, business, heritage, history, geography, sociology and urban studies.

Please provide a 300 word abstract of your intended paper/presentation no later than 9th April 2018 via our online submission platform: www.universityofbirmingham.submittable.com
Enquiries: heritageconference@contacts.bham.ac.uk 


Call for Contributions: Digital Past 2018

We are seeking submissions from those working on innovative projects on the themes outlined below in a research or operational capacity, who can contribute to this both retrospective and forward-looking conference. Contributions can be made through formal presentations or workshops, or more informally through the ‘unconference’ session or a show stand. We welcome contributions through the medium of Welsh, English, or bilingually. Please find details of the various formats below.

Themes and topics

The two main strands of the conference will be Digital Technologies and Digital Heritage, which may encompass digital survey (Terrestrial Scanning, Geo-physics, LiDAR, Photogrammetry, UAV’s, etc.), data processing, manipulation and analysis (including GIS & BIM), data storage and archiving, 3D modelling and reconstruction, visualisation and animation, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, gaming, immersive environments, 3D printing, e-publication, crowd sourcing, communities, education, engagement, interpretation and tourism.

As this is the 10th Digital Past conference, we are also seeking papers that take both a celebratory and critical look at the developments over ten years of digital heritage, the lessons learnt, and the opportunities and challenges for the sector in the decade ahead.

Find out more here >>

Call for Abstracts for the 2018 biennial meeting on Construction History

The Construction History Society of America hosts biennial meetings in even years.  Past biennial meetings have been held in Atlanta (2008), Philadelphia(2010), Boston (2012), Minneapolis (2014), and Austin, Texas (2016), which each have attracted approximately two hundred attendees.  The 2018 biennial meeting will be held May 24-26, 2018 at the University of Maryland.

2018 CHSA Biennial Meeting – May 24-26, 2018 – University of Maryland

The Construction History Society of America announces a Call for Abstracts for the 2018 biennial meeting on Construction History held at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland; College Park, MD; May 24 – 26, 2018.  We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas. Abstract submissions are due November 21, 2017.

For more information, visit the meeting website.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Florence Heri-Tech:The Future of Heritage Science and Technologies



 Florence Heri-Tech has a high-level scientific and cultural profile and aims to create an International Forum in Florence for participants to compare and debate research, themes and trends in cultural heritage science and technologies.

The Conference is promoted by DIEF – Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence(www.dief.unifi.it), in collaboration with the sixth Florence Art and Restoration Fair (www.salonerestaurofirenze.org), which has multi-year experience in the field and guarantees the presence of a large and expert audience as well as the scientific and cultural support of the most important institutions working in the field.


The Conference is divided into 4 thematic areas in the field of Cultural Heritage Sciences and Technologies. Each sector contains a number of topics. You can find all topics on the web site www.florenceheritech.com.

Topics include, but are not limited to:



Submission to the special issue must include original research. Authors willing to submit an abstract should send an email to chair@florenceheritech.com attaching the abstract written using the provided Abstract Template. Abstracts must be written in English. The length of the abstract must not exceed 350 words.


  • October 30, 2017 – Deadline to submit abstract
  • November 15, 2017 – Abstract acceptance notification
  • December 15, 2017 – Deadline to submit draft paper 
  • January 15, 2018 – Submission of final paper


  • Prof. Piero Baglioni, University of Florence
  • Prof. Giorgio Bonsanti, University of Florence
  • Prof. Emeritus Vito Cappellini, University of Florence
  • Prof. Sharon Cather, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
  • Prof. Marco Ciatti, Opificio delle Pietre Dure
  • Prof. Maria Perla Colombini, CNR-ICVBC: National Research Council of Italy – Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage
  • Prof. Luigi Dei, Rector of The University of Florence
  • Prof. Jose Delgado Rodrigues, Laboratorio Nacional  De Engenharia Civil, Lisbon
  • Prof. Pedro Santos, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD, Darmstadt
  • Prof. Antonio Sgamellotti, University of Perugia  


  • Prof. Rocco Furferi, DIEF – Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence
  • Prof. Rodorico Giorgi, Department of Chemistry of University of Florence
  • Prof. Lapo Governi, DIEF – Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence
  • Prof. Mauro Matteini, OPD – Opificio delle Pietre Dure, ICVBC-CNR – Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage and National Research Council of Italy
  • Prof. Yary Volpe, DIEF – Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence

For more information send a mail to chair@florenceheritech.com


The proceedings of The Future of Heritage Science And Technologies Conference will be part of  IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering.

Paper submitted to the Journal must have been peer reviewed in accordance with the Journal’s Peer Review Policy http://conferenceseries.iop.org/content/quick_links/Peer%20Review%20Policy

On line publication will include:
  • Open access publication, all articles are free to read and download in perpetuity.
  • Abstracting and indexing in ISI Web of Science (Conference Proceedings Citation Index), ScopusEi Compendex, among others.
  • Creation of online versions of the abstracts contained in each paper.
  • Creation of hyperlinked references and tracking of future citations.
  • Unlimited number of pages in each article.
  • Unlimited use of colour online.

Print copies are charged separately from online publication

The Authors have to accept the terms of the Proceedings Publication Licence



For more information, please see www.florenceheritech.com

CALL FOR PAPERS: SAH 2019 Annual International Conference

Call for Session Proposals

SAH 2019 Annual International Conference
April 24-28 | Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Download the full 2019 Call for Sessions
Deadline: January 16, 2018, at 5 pm CST

Conference Chair: Victoria Young, University of St. Thomas
Local Co-Chairs: Dietrich Neumann, Brown University, and Itohan Osayimwese, Brown University

The Society of Architectural Historians will offer a total of 36 paper sessions at its 2019 Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the annual conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH next August 2018 when conference registration opens for Session Chairs and Speakers.

Since the principal purpose of the SAH annual conference is to inform attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every time period and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged.

Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist or documentary in premise and ambition and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. Sessions that embrace cross-cultural, transnational and/or non-Western topics are particularly welcome. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historical terms.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to create a well-balanced program. Topics exploring the architecture of the Providence and the greater region are encouraged.

Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted well before the deadline. Last-minute submissions that fail posting in the online portal or are sent in error via email cannot be considered.

Submission Guidelines
Session proposals must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The submission portal will close automatically at this time, and no further proposals will be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee chaired by SAH Conference Chair Victoria Young.

Session proposals must include the following elements:

  1. A session title not longer than 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation
  2. Summary of the subject and the premise in no more than 500 words
  3. Name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone, and email address (Please ensure that the information you are providing matches, if applicable, an existing SAH profile/membership account to avoid misdirecting communications. If it does not match what SAH has on file, please update your existing member profile to match your current information.)
  4. A current CV (2 pages maximum)

Although the SAH membership is international, the annual conference is conducted in English. Therefore, all session proposals must be submitted in English and, if accepted, conducted in English.


Only proposals submitted through the online portal can be considered.

Authors (maximum of 2) of accepted session proposals will be asked to draft a more concise call for papers of no more than 300 words. This will be posted online on April 3, 2018, and published in the April 2018 issue of the SAH Newsletter. For examples, see the 2018 Call for Papers (session descriptions begin on page 4).

To ensure broad participation in the SAH Annual International Conference, individuals are limited to the role of either a session chair OR a speaker. If you are selected as a session chair you may not submit a paper abstract to other sessions to be considered for speaking.

Each Session Chair and Speaker is expected to fund his or her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference. A copy of the Session Chair and Speaker Agreement that includes deadlines and step-by-step processes will be distributed to both Session Chairs and Speakers. Session Chairs and Speakers are required to join SAH and pre-register for the conference starting in August 2018.

For more information, please contact Conference Chair Victoria Young at vmyoung@stthomas.eduor SAH Director of Programs Christopher Kirbabas at ckirbabas@sah.org.

Key Dates
October 03, 2017, 3 pm CDT – Call for sessions opens
January 16, 2018, 5 pm CST – Deadline to submit a session proposal
February 23, 2018 – Session selection notification
March 9, 2018, 5 pm CDT – Revised session proposals due
April 3, 2018, 3 pm CDT – Call for papers opens
June 5, 2018, 5 pm CDT – Deadline to submit a paper abstract
June 7, 2018 – Session Chairs start reviewing paper submissions
July 13, 2018 – Session Chairs make final selection of papers and notify speakers
August 1, 2018 – Session Chair & Speaker registration opens
September 27, 2018 – Session Chair & Speaker registration closes

Sharing cities – Shaping cities: a research symposium

Sharing economy and collaborative consumption are attracting much interest for their business, legal and civic implications. Underexplored are instead the consequences of the spreading on sharing-based practices in the urban environmental and daily dynamics.

The ‘Sharing Cities – Shaping Cities (#ShapringCities)’ symposium aims at addressing if and how is sharing shaping cities, the way spaces are designed and lived if social interactions are escalated, the way habits and routines take place in the post-individualist society.

/ Key questions /

Key questions to be discussed at the symposium include:

  • How is ‘sharing’ shaping cities? Does it represent a paradigm shift with tangible and physical reverberation on urban form? How are shared mobility, work, inhabiting, energy and food provision reconfiguring urban and social fabric?
  • Are new lifestyles and practices related to sharing changing the use and design of spaces? To what extent sharing is triggering a production and consumption paradigm shift to be reflected in urban arrangements and infrastructures?
  • Does sharing increase the intensity of use of space and assets or rather increases them to meet expectations of convenience for urban lifestyles?
  • To what extent are these phenomena fostering more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable practices and cities?
  • How can policy makers and municipalities interact with these bottom-up phenomena and grassroots innovation to create more sustainable cities?

/ Submission of contributions and prospect book /

The symposium represents an opportunity to advance answers to above and related questions, especially (but not solely) in the fields of urban studies, urban planning and design, service design, geography, sociology, anthropology, and innovation studies. Attendees of the symposium are expected to address the key topics with highly critical approach and grounded on research findings from fieldwork and real case-study experience; collection of observations, mapping and interpretation of emerging phenomena representing clues that we are experiencing the dawn of a new urban era.

Up to twelve contributions to the symposium will be selected upon the submission of an extended abstract (up to 1,500 words, plus references) via email at sharingcities@polimi.it by 24th November 2017. Upon a double blind peer review by the scientific committee, selected contributions will be presented by the author(s) at the symposium. If interested, the full and revised version of the submitted contribution will be a chapter of a book to be proposed to highly ranked publisher.

 / Attending the symposium /

The symposium will be held on 5 to 6 March 2018, at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan.

There is no cost to attend and catering would be provided; however travel would be self-funded.

/ Important dates /

November 24 / Submission of extended abstracts

January 12 / Notification of acceptance

March 5-6 / Symposium in Milan

/ The team /

‘ShapringCities’ symposium is organised by the LabSimUrb ‘Fausto Curti’ research group at theDept. of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) of Politecnico di Milano.

The research group is also involved in the European H2020 programme funded project ‘Sharing Cities’, more specifically in the context of the Milan municipality. Key questions to be addressed at the workshop emerged from this ongoing research.

Organising committee

Dr Giuseppe Salvia

Dr Eugenio Morello

Prof. Andrea Arcidiacono

Dr Barbara E.A. Piga

Scientific committee

Fabrizio Ceschin / Brunel University, UK

Grazia Concilio / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Mina di Marino / Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NO

Massimo Menichinelli / Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, ES

Anna Meroni / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Carolina Pacchi / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Ivana Pais / Università Cattolica di Milano, IT

Gabriele Pasqui / Politecnico di Milano, IT

Piero Pelizzaro / Istituto Universitario di Venezia, IT

Laura Piscicelli / Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, NL

Emma Puerari / Delft, NL 

 / Keep in touch /