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Conservation and Change: Response, Adaptation and Leadership


Deadline for submissions:  Monday 21 June 2021, 18:00 (BST)

The IIC Council and New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material: Pū Maanaki Kahurangi, are pleased to issue a call for abstracts for the 29th biennial IIC Congress 2022 to be held online and in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand (5-9 September 2022).

Building on the success for last year’s IIC Edinburgh Congress Online we 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.

Whilst primarily looking at the work of conservators and conservation scientists, proposals demonstrating collaborative working with other heritage professionals will be of particular interest. We are looking for new and original, unpublished work, relevant to the Congress theme and to conservation. In particular abstracts for papers and posters covering the following related topics are invited:

  • 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

Preference will be given to abstracts that record new research, development and application of innovative conservation techniques; to be selected case studies must demonstrate the wider applicability and lessons for the sector. Contributions pointing the way to future challenges and research needs will be welcomed.

How to Submit Your Proposal:

Submissions will be made through EasyChair. Details will be published to this webpage shortly, the system will open on 15 May 2021.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Minimum 350 words, maximum 500 words
  • The Congress is in English with translation options, submission should be in English

Deadline for Submissions: Monday 21st June 2021 (18:00 BST)


Key Dates:

·         Submissions System Closes: Monday 21st June 2021 (18.00 BST)

·        Notification to Authors: by end of July 2021

·        First Drafts Expected: end of October 2021

·        Provisional Congress Dates: 5 – 9 September 2022

Selected authors will be expected to pre-record their presentations in advance of the Congress to support the hybrid format.

Congress Preprints: our intention is that your recorded presentation will be linked to your published paper online on the Taylor and Francis website after the Congress, this will enable enhanced searchability and access to your paper and presentation worldwide and provide a permanent record of your work.

Poster abstracts and short presentations will be made available through the Congress site and published in a special Congress digital issue of NiC.

For further information, please contact:

IIC Wellington Congress 2022 Organising Committee.

wellington harbour and city at duskImage Credit: LManny 

Monday, 21 June, 2021 - 18:00