GA2020 – Scientific Symposium abstracts are available!
The Scientific Symposium, part of the 20th ICOMOS General Assembly, was scheduled to take place in Sydney in October 2020 – under the theme: Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility. That is until the COVID-19 pandemic intervened.
By the time it was apparent that the GA2020 Scientific Symposium could not proceed as planned, 617 abstracts had been submitted, including nearly 100 proposals for sessions, almost 500 individual papers, plus posters. Rather than consigning this considerable body of work and ideas to permanent pandemic posterity, the Co-Chairs of the GA2020 Scientific Committee, Dr Steve Brown and Dr Ona Vileikis, have assembled and edited this volume – as a record of what was selected, what was to be, and what was ultimately thwarted by a global crisis.
The selected abstracts are a tantalising glimpse of what might have followed, but, as a series of related thematic sets of overview perspectives, they also serve to document contemporary issues, research, and concepts – and this volume makes that contemporary document accessible to a global audience as a fitting testimony, given the emphasis that the GA2020 theme placed on ‘sharing’. The abstracts can be read in conjunction with the special ‘legacy’ edition of the Australia ICOMOS journal Historic Environment (volume 33, number 1, 2020).
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