Monthly Archives: December 2017


American Association for Italian Studies

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

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 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,

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:

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 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


  • 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: