2018 Icon Book & Paper Group Conference

Monday, 1 October, 2018 to Wednesday, 3 October, 2018
Deadline: 
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
Place: 
Oxford

Unexpected fame: Conservation approaches to the preparatory object Call for Papers
2ND Icon Book & Paper Group Conference

The Icon Book & Paper Group is pleased to announce the theme for our 2018 conference, and to open the call for papers. Please see below for further details of how you can submit an abstract for consideration by our review panel. A call for posters will follow in early 2018.

Objects such as artists' sketchbooks or authors' manuscripts were not necessarily created with posterity in mind. Their creators may not have anticipated a lifespan encompassing display, digitisation or heavy consultation. Indeed in some instances the producers of these objects may not have expected this part of their oeuvre to survive beyond its first use. Do we therefore treat them differently to ?finished? works, which were always expected to have a wider audience and longer lifespan? How ? and how far - do we preserve the evidence of working techniques and practices left by the author, artist, printer, publisher, or architect? Does their original function affect how we conserve, display and interpret these objects? If a maker has deliberately tried to obscure previous versions of a work, where does the remit of the conservator or researcher end when it comes to uncovering erasures or amendments? Do we alter the legacy of such objects with our interventions?

Abstracts are invited for 30 minute presentations on all aspects of conservation relevant to these issues, including scientific studies and PhD research.

Examples of possible topics include:

Papers exploring the reconciliation of conservation needs with the desire to preserve evidence of the artist or author's working practices (eg. intentionally torn pages; use of unsuitable materials such as sellotape)

Conservation treatment or research that has uncovered deliberately obscured information, such as redacted text or evidence of working methods

Innovative conservation treatments or display methods that take into account the particular nature of objects considered part of an artist, author or architect's preparatory body of work

Conservation of preparatory works on/in paper or board such as artists' sketchbooks, sculpture maquettes, stage sets and models

Abstracts should be in English and 300?500 words in length. Please download and use the designated template available on the conference website https://icon.org.uk/groups/book-paper/icon-book-paper-group-conference-2018, or request a copy by emailing iconbpg@gmail.com. Participation from students, new Icon members and professionals in allied fields is encouraged.

The deadline for abstracts is 31 January 2018. A selection committee will review abstracts and notify speakers no later than March 2018.