Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation

Conference: Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation

13 – 17 May 2016
Palais des Congrès in Montreal, Canada

Organisers: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Canadian Association for Conservation (Association Canadienne pour la Conservation et la Restauration) (CAC-ACCR)’s Joint 44th Annual Meeting and 42nd Annual Conference

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts [CFP closes Thursday 17th September] for General or Specialty Group Sessions that address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. In addition papers that address confronting the unexpected in conservation whether it occurs during the treatment of an artifact or during a natural disaster are requested.

The scope of the theme can include immediate reactions, such as the application of crowd-mapping technology to aid response efforts, as well as longer term developments stemming from disasters, such as the adoption of simple strategies: Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail, effective risk assessment methodologies, the rapid transformation of damaged artifacts into objects of veneration, or thanks to social media today, the repercussions of instantaneous visibility of destruction.

Preparing for Disasters
…can include, in addition to situations caused by natural disasters, accidents, terrorist activities, and climate change, even well-intended, but misguided interventions that elicit global amusement and/or outrage.
Confronting the Unexpected
…can involve surprises encountered along the way in any treatment and can be expanded to include all stakeholders, even future ones, who are affected by a disaster.  Communities affected can cross geographic boundaries, social and economic populations, cultural and historical perspectives, and inter-disciplinary expertise.

Conference details are available here.

Barbara Heller’s blog post on the event is available here.