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Our Authenticity & Ethics Special Interest Group

Led by IIC Fellows Jonathan Ashley-Smith (focusing on ethics) and David Scott (authenticity) this Special Interest Community considers the current state of debate in the profession. Among other topics, it asks how we make judgements when forced to choose between preserving original material and the traditional appearance of objects.

Conservation and Philosophy Symposium

Booking has opened for our related Conservation and Philosophy Symposium, which looks at the intersections and interactions between the two disciplines. This is an opportunity to bring the insights of philosophy to conservation debates around topics including plaster casts and replicas, the re-creation of modern artworks, the reasons why works of art are restored or seen as over-restored, the anthropology of forgery - and many other issues. Following the symposium a special issue of Studies in Conservation is planned for 2021.

Symposium Covenever: David A.Scott, FIIC, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus

Symposium Lead Co-ordinator: Ellie Sweetnam

The event takes place online from 26 - 27 November. 

The Symposium is sold out, you can join the wait list - however, IIC members will be able to gain exclusive access through the IIC Community platform to presentations and abstracts.