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Conference: The Thrill of the Dark: Heritages of Fear, Fascination and Fantasy

Dates: 25-27 April 2019
Place: Birmingham, UK
Abstract Deadline: 31 October

Darkness is a complex concept. In a real and a metaphorical sense it invites contemplation and imagination of the sad, the unknown, the fearful and unwholesome desires. At the same time it is thrilling and strangely attractive, playing with deep and persistent cultural and metaphysical tensions of good and evil, right and wrong. Darkness provides space for hiding but also for exploration; it holds the potential for acceptance, forgiveness, or reconciliation for the haunted. Despite our apparent fear of the dark and the risks it hides, it nonetheless holds a powerful fascination which is evident in many aspects of popular culture.

This conference seeks to explore the multiple relationships we have with the concept of darkness with reference to the legacies we create from it. How is the thrill of darkness expressed through the widely framed notion of heritage? How do we experience, negotiate, represent, commodify, valorize or censor the heritages of darkness? What and where is the thrill of the darkness and how is it negotiated across cultures, generations and gender? Why does the dark fascinate us so?

We invite researchers from the fullest range of disciplinary perspectives to consider these and other questions in an open-ended and thought-provoking manner.  Please submit a 300-word abstract of your intended talk no later than October 31stvia our online submission platform:

4th CLAT 2019: Taste Paradise – Cultural Landscape Association Workshop & Tour

Dates: 27 April to 4 May, 2019
Place: Iran
Organized by: Cultural Landscape Association (CLA)

Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is planning to organize a specialized tour and workshop
called “Taste Paradise” in an international level for the experts, in order to get a better global
recognition for Persian Garden and the elite to know it further. This is a unique opportunity for
experts such as landscape professionals, architects, botanists, landscape historians,
conservationists to exchange information with Iranian specialist experts while visiting Persian
Gardens. In order to raise its quality, these workshops are only available to a limited number of people (20 participants for each tour) at the time, so it would be better if applicants register earlier not to lose chance.


International Scientific Symposium on Safety in Heritage

Dates: 7 to 9 May, 2019
Place: Madrid, Spain
Abstract Deadline: 15 January
Website/Site web :
Organized by: EKABA Foundation.

The Symposium will focus on safety in cultural assets, paying special attention to visitors. The Symposium key speakers will be: Glenn Boornazian, Joäo Carrilho da Graça, Mohamed Es SemmarJose María Ezquiaga, Gunny Harboe, Ward Miller, Pedro Salmerón, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Ana Tostões, Gabriel Ruiz Cabrero and Antoine Wilmering.

For more information, including the updated program, as well as for those who might be interested in attending and as there are limited places, please register through the symposium web page.

Conference: SENSE AND SUSTAINABILITY – International Conference on Archaeology and Tourism

Dates: 6 – 10 May
Place: Zagreb, Croatia
Deadline call for Papers: 20 March 2019

Organised by the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and the The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. The Conference seeks to bring together experts and practitioners from tourism and archaeology alike from all over the world. It will provide a forum for the discussion of topics related to the sustainable management and use of archaeology in heritage tourism, opening the door to a variety of perspectives that will reflect current theoretical and practical experiences across the stakeholder spectrum.

The Conference is centred around four main themes:

  • Heritage in tourism destination management
  • Sustainable development, archaeology and tourism
  • Tourism and archaeological heritage management in Protected areas, World heritage sites and National parks
  • Cultural routes

ICAHM Sponsored session:

Is Tourism Destroying World Heritage?
Chair: Dr. William Megarry (ICAHM / QUB)
World heritage sites are popular destinations for tourists, yet there is often a conflict between preserving these outstanding places and enabling people to access and experience them. This dichotomy lies at the heart world heritage management. The ICOMOS Mexico Charter on Managing Tourism at Places of Historical Interest states that, ‘Reasonable and well managed physical, intellection and/ or emotive access to heritage and cultural development is both a right and a privilege’ [emphasis added]. But this right comes at a cost. Many iconic World Heritage Sites are over-crowded and large numbers of visitors are leading to unsustainable tourism development. Global tourism is also a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, and World Heritage Sites play a significant role in this industry. Rising sea levels, increased storminess, desertification and increased rainfall are already impacting many World Heritage Sites, and the problem is only going to get worse.
This session will explore the intersection between tourism and sustainability – both of individual sites and of World Heritage in general. It welcomes papers exploring issues relating to World Heritage Sites including, but not limited to, carrying capacities, visitor management, community engagement in tourism, tourism and sustainability, climate change and tourism and slow-tourism

The call for papers and posters is now open here: we invite you to submit your proposal before 20 March 2019. For detailed information please contact


Conference GEORES  2019  – Geomatics and Restoration

Dates: 8 – 10 May
Place: Milan, Italy
Extended abstract submission : 11 January 2019
Young Researcher Workshop : 6-7 May 2019

Main topics for abstract submission include (but are not limited to):

  • HBIM – LOD, LOI, LOG, LOA. Modelling, object libraries, thematic mapping, data analysis and content enrichment
  • Monitoring&Restoration: Built Environment and Infrastructures
  • Open standards, ontologies, vocabularies, semantics and Big Data Hubs for Cultural Heritage knowledge
  • Interactive content based VR/AR/Virtual Museum
  • Low-cost sensors and new algorithms in cultural heritage digitization
  • Landscapes and needs of multi-temporal data collection
  • Preservation, climate change, hydrogeological and seismic risk and resilience management for Cultural Heritage and Built Environment
  • Archaeology, data analysis, informative models and systems
International Conference “Water as Heritage”

Dates: 27 to 31 May 2019
Place: Taiwan
Abstract Deadline: 31 October
Website/Site web :
Contact :

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor water as heritage

The Water-as-Heritage International Conference is not a one-off event, but rather part of a series of activities aimed at better connecting heritage organisations and wider water sector industries, regional interests, and communities.
The Conference is the third in a series concerned with the broad topic of ‘Water and Heritage for the Future’. The previous conferences took place in Amsterdam (2013) and Delft (2016) . Beyond explorations of the topic, the conferences are supporting the proposed creation of an ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Water and Heritage for the Future. This proposal was supported at a meeting of the ICOMOS Scientific Council held in Delhi, India, in December 2017.
The 2019 Water-as-Heritage Conference is also part of a longer agenda of conferences, symposia, and meetings that will consider the topic of ‘Water and Heritage for the Future’.

ICAHM Session at EAA Bern: The Role of ICAHM in Supporting
ICOMOS and UNESCO in the Context of World Heritage Sites

Dates: 4 to 8 September 2019
Place: Bern, Switzerland
Abstract Deadline: 14 February

This session aims at discussing the role of archaeologists in general and heritage managers in particular in the context of World Heritage (WH), as ICAHM is UNESCO’s advisory body for this topic. Europe is the region with most WH sites in the world. Many of them are archaeological sites. On the one hand,
this imbalance is a sign for the ‘hegemonic Western vision of Archaeological (Cultural) Heritage’ (UNESCO’s Global Strategy 1994), on the other hand Europe serves as a great field experiment in heritage management. This session wants to discuss examples of best practice or other experiences
highlighting archaeological heritage management issues at European World Heritage Sites. The main objectives are:

To present ICAHM’s Scientific Committee and the opportunities this international non-governmental organisation (NGO) offers to archaeologists.

To discuss new challenges that archaeological heritage management faces (i.e. community involvement, evaluation systems, management plan strategies,
conflicts of interpretation and decolonization models, conservation, environmental relationships, and contemporary archaeology).

To establish a closer relationship between European archaeologists in order to grasp specific necessities of the area and discuss possible solutions that the ICAHM committee could implement.

TERRA 2021: 13th World Congress on Earthen Architecture

Dates: June 8-11, 2021
Place: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

TERRA 2021 will be organised by the Getty Conservation Institute, the National Park Service Vanishing Treasures Program, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

The TERRA event is a worldwide congress whose themes relate to the study and conservation of earthen architectural, archaeological and cultural landscape heritage, as well as contemporary earthen architecture. These conferences started to be organized as small meetings of professionals working in earthen architecture, being the first one held in Yazd, Iran, in 1972. Since then, eleven more congresses were organized and have strengthened international collaboration, created regional networks, generated research and partnerships, and contributed to further the knowledge in the area: The following TERRA international meetings were held in Iran (1976), Turkey (1980), Peru (1983), Italy (1987), USA (1990), Portugal (1993), United Kingdom (2000), Iran (2003), Mali (2008), Peru (2012), and France (2016). The symposium grew from a small group of less than two-dozen people in the first symposium; to an International Conference under the aegis of ISCEAH, with 750 people attending TERRA 2016, in Lyon, France. In TERRA 2021 and TERRA 2024, the World Congress is expected to host more than a thousand experts and interested people.

Research, Education and Training

PhD Fellowship Position at the UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage at the Cyprus University of Technology

Applications are invited from candidates who possess the necessary qualifications in order to fill one (1) full time Marie S. Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellow Position in the newly established UNESCO Chair on Digital Cultural Heritage / Digital Heritage Research Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT – in the research field of Enrichment of 3D volumetric objects with Metadata and Semantics in Cultural Heritage: The selected Marie S. Curie ESR will work for thirty six (36) months within the H2020 Initial Training Network CHANGE Marie S. Curie ITN Project (, an EU-funded programme bringing together eight (8) leading European Institutions as full beneficiaries and ten (10) other as partners in a transnational network, aiming at implementing a multidisciplinary and intersectorial research and training programme between academic, research and the industrial partners.

Cultural Heritage (CH) is an integral element of Europe, vital for the creation of a common European identity and one of the greatest assets for steering Europe’s social, economic development and job creation. However, the current research training activities in CH are fragmented and mostly designed as single-discipline, failing to cover the whole lifecycle of Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) research, which is by nature a multi-disciplinary and intersectorial agenda. The CHANGE project will train a new generation of early stage researchers towards a common goal, namely the assessment of changes in tangible cultural heritage objects and their monitoring in the atmosphere and/or during their conservation treatment, using multimodal imaging techniques to complement more traditional analytical techniques. Their research will consist in optimising capture of data and their analysis, visualisation and management, to ensure a better documentation and long-term preservation of our common European cultural heritage. This work will be carried out within an interdisciplinary environment involving five (5) CH and four (4) ICT beneficiary institutions as well as nine (9) CH, ICT and industrial partners from eight (8) EU countries.

More information:

Workshop Ancient Architectural Repairs and Restorations in the Greek World from the Classical to the Imperial Period

Where: University of Oxford, Wolfson College
When: Thursday 28 February – Friday 1 March 2019

This workshop will bring together experts from different backgrounds in order to address technical as well as institutional aspects of ancient building repairs. Interdisciplinary approaches are especially needed in the field of ancient restorations. For this reason, we welcome papers not only by classical archaeologists and historians but also by conservators, geologists and chemists that work on relevant subjects, regardless of their career stage.

More information:—Oxford-England

Second International ICCROM course «Wooden architecture conservation and restoration»

Kizhi museum announces the application round for the second International ICCROM course “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration”.

Start date: 26 August, 2019
End date: 14 September, 2019
Deadline to apply: 22 April, 2019
Organizer: Kizhi Open Air Museum


  • Petrozavodsk State University, UNESCO Chair “Wooden Architecture Research and Preservation”
  • Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

See leaflet for more information about the course and how to apply, as well as this link:

2019 ICAHM Annual Meeting: Archaeological Heritage and World Heritage Sites: Towards the Sustainable Management of Landscapes

Dates: 3-6 December 2019
Place: Arica, Chile
Abstract Deadline: 15 April

In 2019, the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) is proud to announce that the 2019 ICAHM Annual Meeting will bring us, after 7 years, back to South America, to Arica, Chile. The Meeting will be organized in cooperation with ICOMOS Chile and take place at the Antay Hotel.

This 2019 meeting will engage national ICOMOS committees in South America and globally to consider the themes within the overall context of “Archaeological Heritage and World Heritage Sites, Towards the Sustainable Management of Landscapes”.  Shifting from sites to landscapes addresses broader communities engaged and impacted by World Heritage designations, and especially indigenous peoples, their participation in decision-making, and their control over their indigenous places and traditional knowledge.

Conference themes:

  1. Indigenous Archaeologies in Latin America: Archaeologists, Archaeology and Indigenous Peoples
  2. The role of States, communities and experts in the conservation and management of the cultural and archaeological heritage of the Andean peoples of northern Chile
  3. Processes of plundering and restitution of archaeological and anthropological collections
  4. Public Archaeology and Aboriginal Communities
  5. Competing Values: Bioethics in Practice within Archaeological and Anthropological Research

We will also organize two round-tables focused on:

  • Mentoring Session on Desk Audits/Site Visits
  • World Bank Consultations and Other Professional Networking

We also offer a pre-conference program including:

  • 2-day site visit to The Nitrate plants of Humberstone and Santa Laura, WHS, the Geoglyphs of Pintados and Tiliviche
  • 1-day excursions to: Qhapaq Nan segment, World Heritage Site, in Socoroma and the Valley of Lluta; Chinchorro sites in Camarones Valle; and the Archaeological sites and Museum in Azapa Valley
  • Pre-conference International Seminar “Conservation and sustainable development of the archaeological heritage at the World Heritage Sites of Chile”

Important conference dates:
Open registration:  22 February
Abstract submission deadline: 15 April
Acceptance of papers and posters: 15 May
Registration deadline for presenting authors: 1 July
Early Bird registration deadline: 30 June
Registration Deadline: 1 November

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