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Context – the latest edition

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

ICON Launches Call for proposals: Conservation and Philosophy: Intersections and Interactions

This two-day event, organised in collaboration with the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, wants to bring together interested researchers from the fields of conservation and philosophy to discuss authenticity, replicas, and the ethics of conservation/restoration. The symposium seeks to facilitate interdisciplinary discussion and communication between scholars concerned with aesthetics, conservation and replication, the philosophy of art and its interaction with art restoration, and the instantiation of forgeries and their relationship to ethical and institutional concerns.

The event will be held in Hastings, East Sussex, UK on November 26th and 27th 2020. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday 7 February 2020, 5pm.

AMPS Conference – Exploring Heritage, Architecture, Cities, Art, Media

To make the conference as inclusive as possible, delegates can attend in-person but can also avoid travel costs by making their presentation as a pre-recorded film. It will be permanently available via the AMPS YouTube channel. Alternatively, they may be able to present virtually via skype. In all cases, written papers are also acceptable.

Possible Formats include:

Pre-recorded film (20 minutes) | Skype (20 minutes) | In-person Presentations (20 minutes) | Written Papers (3,000 words) *

* After review selected authors will be invited to extend their initial 3000 words paper to full book chapter or journal article length.

Key Dates:

10 Feb 2020: Abstract Submissions (Round One) *   |    20 Feb 2020:  Abstract Feedback

20 Feb 2020:  Conference Registration opens

10 April 2020: Abstract Submissions (Round Two)    |    20 April 2020:  Abstract Feedback

More information here

Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

As part of the 8th Euroacademia International Conference
‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’
Ghent, Belgium, 25 – 26 October 2019

Deadline: 25th of September 2019

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

•       Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
•       Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
•       Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
•       Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
•       History, Heritage and Urban Change
•       Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
•       Non-Places and (Non)Identity
•       Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
•       City Marketing and City Branding
•       Cities and Public Goods
•       European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
•       Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
•       Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
•       Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
•       Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
•       Creative Changes of the Cities
•       Art and Industry in Urban Development
•       Urban Aesthetics
•       Urban Installations
•       Critical Architecture
•       Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
•       Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
•       Cities and the Quality of Life
•       Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
•       Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
•       Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
•       Urban Sites of Identification
•       Temporary Urban Interventions
•       Architecture as Public Art

For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8eupe/

You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 25th of September 2019 at application@euroacademia.org

Adapt Northern Heritage Conference 2020

05 to 07 May 2020, Edinburgh, Scotland

Deadline now extended to Thursday, 17th October.

Climate change is threatening historic places across the world, especially in the world’s northern regions. The international Adapt Northern Heritage Conference 2020 will explore practices and research concerned with:

• assessing the environmental impacts of climate change and their associated risks on historic places

• planning and/or implementing adaptation measures to make historic places more resilient to climate change, where possible, or alternatively manage their loss.

This peer-review conference offers themed parallel sessions over the course of two days with oral and poster presentations. On the third day, relevant case study visits and other social activities are on offer, details of which will be announced in autumn 2019.

The conference is organised by the European project Adapt Northern Heritage (2017-2020), which is supported by the European Union, Iceland and Norway through the Interreg Programme for the Northern Periphery and Arctic. The project has researched climate change adaptation for historic places and supported communities in understanding better the impacts of climate change on their heritage sites and preparing for their adaptation.

Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words, including a short biography of a maximum of 100 words, are to be submitted online only via the EasyChair platform: https://easychair.org/cfp/ANH2020

More information can be found here:

NHIG Conference – Forging Ahead

Ten-minute champions at Forging Ahead: New Perspectives on Heritage Ironwork

Are you passionate about one particular piece of ironwork? Could you speak about it for 10 minutes? Will you win over the audience and persuade everyone that yours is the best?

If you’ve answered yes to all of the above, then this is your chance to speak at the V&A.

The 10-minute champions slot at our Conference Forging Ahead at the V&A on 14th November will give you the opportunity to share your enthusiasm with an inspiring pitch that will win over the crowds. Think Dragon’s Den meets the opposite of Room 101

Whether it’s a nail or a scroll, a suit of armour or a gun barrel, a pier, hinge, lock or clock, we want to hear what makes you tick.

Who will be crowned the Heritage Ironwork Champion of 2019 at our 10th Anniversary Conference (the ironwork equivalent of the Oscars)? The audience vote will decide on the night.

Rules:

  • Open to anyone who works with or is involved with metals
  • Must be ‘heritage’ but that could include ‘heritage of the future’ so no date restrictions
  • Can be any size, from a pin to a pylon
  • You could champion a particular style or practitioner but it must be via an object  Must be illustrated by no more than 10 slides (a slide a minute)
  • Champion must be able to stand up and speak for their choice in an engaging way

Submissions by way of a brief synopsis of your pitch and brief bio by Friday 30th August to: NHIG Conference Team via info@nhig.org.uk Subject Heading: 10-minute champions

Successful pitches will be informed that they have been selected by 30th September 2019

International Conference Florence Heri-Tech

13 – 15 May 2020, Villa Vittoria, Florence, Italy

Deadline to submit 20 September, 2019

Florence Heri-Tech was launched in 2018 by the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence (DIEF) and Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair. The idea was to create a synergy between Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. The Conference involves a large number of research projects and scholars from around the world and puts the industry’s current issues under the spotlight, specifically on issues related to innovative techniques and technologies for Cultural Heritage. The Conference is part of the Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair, an international event attracting prestigious institutions and companies and creating a unique opportunity to bring together the academic word with industry.
The city of Florence will therefore be the international heart of Restoration and Cultural and Environmental assets as well as a forum for meeting and discussing for experts and enthusiasts from around the world. The Conference will be a significant opportunity for exchange between researchers and companies for the promotion of productive excellence, technological evolution, the greater use of culture for younger sections of the population and specialization in the educational field for graduates and PhD students.

To find out more see here.

New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture

18 January 2020: New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture(London)

The tenth conference on New Insights into 16th- and 17th-Century British Architecture organised by Claire Gapper FSA and Paula Henderson FSA will be held at the Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House. Proposals in the form of short abstracts (up to 250 words) are invited for 30-minute papers. While the emphasis remains on new developments in architecture, we welcome proposals on related themes, such as decorative arts, gardens, sculpture and monuments. The proposals should be submitted by 31 August 2019, to Claire.gapper@btinternet.com, and the final programme will be announced in September. Please include a short biography with your proposal.


Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

As part of the 8th Euroacademia International Conference
‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
Dublin, Ireland, 28 – 29 June 2019

Deadline: 24th of May 2019

Panel Description:

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

•       Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
•       Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
•       Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
•       Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
•       History, Heritage and Urban Change
•       Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
•       Non-Places and (Non)Identity
•       Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
•       City Marketing and City Branding
•       Cities and Public Goods
•       European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
•       Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
•       Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
•       Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
•       Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
•       Creative Changes of the Cities
•       Art and Industry in Urban Development
•       Urban Aesthetics
•       Urban Installations
•       Critical Architecture
•       Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
•       Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
•       Cities and the Quality of Life
•       Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
•       Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
•       Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
•       Urban Sites of Identification
•       Temporary Urban Interventions
•       Architecture as Public Art

If interested in participating, please read the complete event details on the conference website and apply on-line. Alternatively you can send a maximum 300 words abstract together with the details of your affiliation until 24th of May 2019 by e-mail at application@euroacademia.org

For full details of the conference and on-line application please see:
http://euroacademia.eu/conference/8th-identities-and-identifications/

First Jerusalem Conference on Accessibility in Ancient Cities of the World

The conference will take place in Jerusalem, Israel between Sunday, September 8th and Tuesday night, September 10th 2019.

The main purpose of the conference is to share insights and experiences on the following topics: Accessibility in Cities of the Ancient World – Personal Perspectives, Theory, Accessible tourism for people with disabilities, Residence in Ancient Cities, Innovation and technological support for accessibility, and public policy promoting accessibility.

The deadline to submit your abstracts is 15.6.2019. The abstract will include no more than 400 words. Please send it to Dr. Avi Ramot, via e-mail: avir@shekel.org.il

Please note that:

  • The deadline for submission is June 15, 2019
  • The Deadline for confirmation of presentation of the topic submitted in the abstract is July 15, 2019

Digital Construction Week 2019

Our call for papers offers you the chance to present live on stage at DCW and share your experiences and expertise with the entire industry. If you have an innovative project or story to share, we’d like to hear from you. Enter now for your chance to speak on one of our 9 seminar theatres including our Onsite Arena & Skills Hub at DCW 2019. Entries close on the 15th May.

Sessions on each stage will fall into one of three categories; Innovation (exploring ideas for the future), Digital in Action (focus on practical learning, current projects, and case study), and Technology (focused on the tools and technology).

We want case studies, research projects, debates, workshops, live demos, how-to guides, examples of best practice, new technologies and new ideas. We’ll be looking for something that hasn’t been heard before, offering new insights and encouraging debate. Above all else we want to show our audience something truly engaging, something different, that will genuinely help educate and inform them and ultimately something that will inspire and help drive the industry forward.

Find out more information here.