'Conservation and Change: Response, Adaptation and Leadership'


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About the Congress

Building on the success for last year’s IIC Edinburgh Congress Online, IIC Council and New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material: Pū Maanaki Kahurangi, are delighted to announce that the congress will take a hybrid format promoting a more sustainable and 'climate friendly' event.

By offering the congress in a hybrid form IIC aims to make the congress an accessible and inclusive event for all through online international programming as well as offering the opportunity for local in-person events, networking and experience of the unique culture and heritage that Aotearoa New Zealand has to offer.

The Congress theme is ‘Conservation and Change: Response, Adaptation and Leadership’.

The role of conservation in shaping, saving and sharing our cultural heritage is sometimes represented as an opposition to change, as being tied to maintaining and reinforcing the status quo. This conference aims to challenge such a pre-conception. IIC is inviting proposals for the 29th Congress on how and why conservators respond to, adapt to or lead change.

We will be publishing the full programme in coming months - topics we will cover include:

  • Challenging conservation approaches in response to historical, social and environmental challenges
  • The changing role of conservation in communities
  • The development or implementation of shared, collaborative or co-designed conservation treatments, approaches or methodologies.
  • Mitigating or adapting to the effects of climate change
  • Role of conservation in sustainable development
  • The role of conservation in repatriation of cultural materials and challenging colonial practice
  • Scientific research that promotes or informs changes in conservation practice
  • Traditional vs. new approaches to leading and managing conservation

Call for Student Posters

We are pleased to invite students and recent graduates to submit proposals on any topic, they are not required to follow the conference theme. Further information regarding the Congress can be found here.

If you would like to present a poster, please submit one document containing:

  • A provisional title
  • 250- 500 word summary of the content
  • 1-2 images
  • A short letter of support from your supervisor

Abstracts should be submitted in English and sent to students@iiconservation.org

Closing date for submissions: : 31 January 2022

Further information regarding the registrations and attendance grants will be published early in 2022.