2013 AICCM Conference: Contexts for Conservation

Where: The Science Exchange, Adelaide, SA. 

When: 23 - 25 October inclusive

Lovely Adelaide awaits us; Spring in South Australia offers all sorts of great things to do.

We've chosen the main topic Contexts for Conservation so that we can explore the roles of conservation and conservators within a variety of wider contexts. We are aiming to tease out discussions about the many varied connections and relationships conservators encounter in their work—from close working relationships with curators and collection managers in cultural institutions— to private citizens caring for their own collections—to the much broader involvement with national and international cultural and heritage issues.

We'll take an interdisciplinary approach in considering the activities, ideas and challenges of the conservation profession in the present and into the future.

Some of the proposed contexts include:

  • The creators - working with artists and craftspeople
  • The collaborators – curators, collection managers and the cultural organisations
  • The places - heritage places and buildings and the professionals who manage them (relationships with heritage organisationsThe community – supporting the preservation of cultural identity (disaster response, conservation education and local engagement)
  • The Government; local and national - policy and planning for culture and heritage (National Cultural Policy)
  • The World – the place of Australia in the international profession (especially within the South-east Asian region)
  • The frameworks – philosophy, ethics and ways of contributing to cultural thinking
  • The digital – digital conservation and conservation/preservation of the digital
  • The commercial – conservation funding and philanthropy 

We want the National Conference to be a forum for showcasing innovation in the ways in which conservators already work within these larger frameworks, as well as highlighting the importance of increasingly flexible, cohesive and contemporary methods of meeting future challenges of engaging in wider contexts.

There'll be a great range of presentations and activities which will encompass a broad range of collaborations and contexts for conservation and will focus on building partnerships and engaging the profession within a wider culture and heritage perspective. Sessions on conservation research, practice and treatment will also be presented, with an emphasis on the ways these core activities connect with wider issues and contexts.

If you need more information, we'd love to hear from you—contact us at national.conference@aiccm.org.au