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About our Point of the Matter Dialogues

IIC dialogues explore emerging issues in the modern world and the relationship of those issues to the preservation of cultural heritage. Each event benefits from a variety of expertise, in a broad spectrum of disciplines, contributing unique perspectives on a specific topic.

The next Point of the Matter Dialogue will take place as part of our IIC Edinburgh Congress on 2 - 6 November 2020.

Our previous IIC Point of the Matter Dialogue:

Heritage at Risk - A Dialogue on the Effects of Climate Change  

The IIC Dialogue was hosted as part of  Stemming the Tide: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change symposium at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C, which took place on Friday 6th March 2020.  

We'll be organisng an online "Watch Party" for the recorded livestreams every month to October 2020 - so sign up to News in the website footer to get the latest information on how to participate.

The programme was organised by the IIC in partnership with the Americal Institute for Conservation in collaboration with ICOMOS, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian National Collection Program, and Earth Optimism.



Watch the Dialogue at the IIC Turin Congress 

Our previous Dialogue, "Culture Cannot Wait: Integrating  Cultural Heritage First Aid with Humanitarian Assistance in Crises” was delivered at our Turin Congress in September 2018.

Find out more about the speakers and programme and watch the whole film here.

The whole film of our latest Dialogue is available to watch.




Past IIC Dialogues

Viral Images: Exploring the historic and conservation challenges of objects created for social protest and solidarity

The Future of Heritage Science (20th January 2015)

Protecting, Preparing and Responding: the International Committee of the Blue Shield

Not your grandmother's chair

Rising Tide/Melting Ice: The preservation of world archaeological heritage in a time of climate change - an on-line dialogue

Under Lock and Key? Collection readiness and response in times of conflict

Between Home and History: Managing the interface between preservation and development of living historic places

The Plus/Minus Dilemma: The Way Forward in Environmental Guidelines

Conservation in Crisis

Before the Unthinkable Happens Again

Climate Change and Museum Collections


Do you have ideas for new events in this series?

We are always looking for new themes, ideas and speakers. If you would like to see an idea or topic explored please let us know at iic@iiconservation.org