From 13-15 March, the ICOMOS University Forum kicked off with a pilot workshop addressing “A Contemporary Provocation: Reconstruction as Tools of Future-making”, sponsored by Kyushu University (Japan). Some thirty specialists, both young researchers and senior professionals from around the world, met for discussions on authenticity and reconstruction at ICOMOS International in Paris.
ICOMOS and E.C.C.O. (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations) have agreed to closer collaboration through a Memorandum of Understanding signed on 6 March in Paris.
“Managing the Past, Engaging the Present”, a feature on ICAHM (ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management) was just published in American Anthropologist, the premier anthropology journal in the U.S.
This is a special section of American Anthropologist dedicated to cultural heritage management. It includes an interview of Doug Comer, president of ICAHM, which is followed by a selection of essays from heritage scholars around the world.
You can read the interview with Doug Comer and the accompanying articles on the ICOMOS Open Archive by clicking here.
ICOMOS is pleased to inform that the International Course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management will be held in Røros Mining Town and the Circumference, Norway from 6-16 June 2017. The course announcement is available on the ICCROM website by clicking here.
ICOMOS South Africa has invited representatives from 17 African countries to be part of a master level pilot course in human rights and cultural heritage. The training, lead by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights University of Oslo, will be at Ditsong Museum, Pretoria from 13 to 17 March 2017.
Broadly, the course will cover:
1. General introduction to the international human rights system, including its institutions and mechanisms;
2. Specific introduction to relevant cultural rights and texts, as well as the UN and UNESCO institutional framework; and
3. Human rights-based approach planning tools for heritage management.
Update February 2017
ICOMOS International and ICOMOS Austria have sent a new letter to the Vice Mayor of the City of Vienna, Mag. Maria Vassilakou, expressing concern on latest developments - the cutting down of trees in preparation for new constructions; reminding of recommendations made by ICOMOS in March 2016 and renewing its call that "all construction plans should be stopped until the presentation of the WSE study and the conclusion of the necessary discussions that should follow".
The 19th General Assembly will take place in Delhi, India (please note the new dates) from 11-15 December 2017 (General Assembly and Scientific Symposium) with Pre-Meetings held 8-10 December and Post-Meetings and Events from 16-17 December.
The Scientific Symposium will take place on the issue of "Heritage & Democracy".
Click here to visit the official website of the 19th General Assembly.
Arcadia Fund awards grant to support 3D recording of endangered cultural sites in the Middle East and North Africa
Pilot phase to focus on Syria
Project Anqa, which seeks to preserve cultural heritage using 3D digital recordings, has received a major contribution from the Arcadia Fund, a UK grant-making fund whose mission is to protect endangered culture and nature. Project Anqa, meaning “phoenix” in Arabic, is a joint initiative of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, CyArk, an international non-profit organisation, and the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage at Yale University.
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