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American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Annual Meeting and Conference

Annual Meeting and Conference

May 13 - May 17, 2016

Montreal, Canada

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Meeting Theme

Colleagues will 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 will 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, 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.

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May 13, 2016
May 17, 2016
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1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal, QC H2Z 1H5 Canada
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