2018 AIC’s 46th Annual Meeting: Material Matters

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Thursday, 31 May, 2018 to Saturday, 2 June, 2018

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) is pleased to announce the theme of its 46th Annual Meeting, taking place at the Marriott Marquis Houston in Houston, Texas, during May 29 – June 2, 2018.

The theme for the General and Specialty sessions to be held from May 31 to June 2 will be: Material Matters 2018

How does a better understanding and appreciation of the properties of materials change their treatment, interpretation, and preservation? Papers are solicited that demonstrate the impact of material studies – or studies of materials – on the conservation profession, including the emergence of innovative treatments, new ways of “looking” and “seeing,” shifts in decision-making and desired outcomes, and changes in collection care strategies. Also welcome are explorations of the impact of trending “materiality” studies on related disciplines including archeology, museum and curatorial fields, and art history among others. Topics can include, but are not limited to: cutting-edge imaging and analysis techniques of materials, new materials having conservation applications, revelations about the meaning and significance of materials within an artist’s work, and improved methods of authentication.

New planning strategy for 2018
Do you have an idea – related to Material Matters 2018 – that would constitute a cohesive, topic-centered concurrent general session? If so, please email AIC Vice President and General Session Program Chair Suzanne Davis at davissL@umich.edu. Include a tentative title, the program format, and a brief description of what subject(s) will be addressed; multi-disciplinary topics are encouraged. Members proposing concurrent session sub-themes must be willing to serve on the General Session Program Committee. Deadline for submissions: June 28, 2017. For questions or to learn more, write Suzanne (address above).

AIC will be offering a selection of workshops and tours on the pre-session days of May 29 – 30, 2018. In addition, and for the first time, AIC will debut a day-long session of talks on May 30 which will center around the following pre-session theme:

Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy? (Draft Description)

To what degree should conservation treatments, collection management policies, and collection care programs be customized for diverse cultures? We are calling for papers that discuss the sometimes-conflicting demands for access and preservation, issues of remembrance and accountability, and divergent needs of stakeholders. Topics can include, but are not limited to, the dismantling of Confederate monuments, inclusion of local communities, desecration of religious sites, and approaches to the appropriate treatment and contextual display of cultural artifacts.

Abstract submissions should be no more than 500 words with an additional 300-word speaker biography, and are due on or before September 15, 2017.

Please note: We will be accepting proposals for all types of programming at this pre-session, including papers, panel discussions, seminars, dialogues, and lightning rounds. Details on the submission, review, and selection process will follow in July 2017.