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  • AK 12:16 pm on April 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , remote sensing   

    5th International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology ‘The Age of Sesing’ 13-15 October 2014. Durham, North Carolina (USA) Deadline: 15 May 

    The Age of Sensing

    5th International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology
    October 13-15, 2014
    Duke University—Durham, North Carolina

    In the past, the International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology has been hosted in China, India, and Italy. For the first time in its history, the conference will take place in the United States at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The conference theme will be “The Age of Sensing.”

    The 1990s will be remembered in the history of archaeology as the age of GIS.
    Now, we are ready to embrace new methods of recording, interpreting, conceptualizing and communicating archaeological data and relationships across the passage of time. In the next few years, we will have the opportunity to blend the physical world with a sensory-rich ‘virtual’ world where archaeologists can naturally and intuitively manipulate, navigate and remotely share interpretations and case studies. Our understanding of archaeology will be taken to a new level, enhancing our capacity to develop interpretations and to present them to fellow specialists and to the general public as simulated scenarios in 4D.

    This conference seeks to explore the age of sensing, broadly defined. Papers and workshops will address the following topics:

    • Large Scale Remote Sensing
    • Close Range Sensing
    • 3D Modeling
    • Body sensing
    • Immersive Sensing
    • Aerial Photography
    • GIS and Sensing
    • Spatial Technologies and Landscape
    • Virtual Landscapes
    • Integrated Technologies
    • Intra and inter-site Applications
    • Lidar Applications
    • Geophysics
    • Sensing and Urban Context
    • Cultural Resource Management
    • Drones and UAV
    • Close Range Sensing
    • Remote Sensing
    • Virtual Reality and Cyber-Archaeology
    • Defining High Standards
    • Commercial Archaeological Remote Sensing

    Confirmed keynote speakers include: William Limp (University of Arkansas), Wolfgang Neubauer (University of Vienna), and Frank M.R. Vermeulen (Ghent University, Belgium)


    We are currently seeking abstracts and workshop proposals that address the conference theme—the Age of Sensing.

    For papers:
    Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words (Times New Roman, 11pt font,
    standard margins) by May 15, 2014. See for the submission form.

    For workshops:
    Please submit a proposal by April 30, 2014 to, including a title, number of participants (expected), technical requirements (equipment needed), and a description of the workshop.


    Register online at


    Maurizio Forte (, Duke University, Department of Classical Studies and Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Conference Chair

    Stefano Campana (, University of Siena, Department of History and Cultural Heritage, Landscape Archaeology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Conference Co-chair

    Melissa Huber (, Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University, Department of Classical Studies, General Secretariat

  • AK 7:13 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: borders, , cultural management   

    Conference ‘Cultural Management without Borders’ Deadline for submission ends on June 18th, 2014 

    Call for Papers

    9th Annual Conference of The Association of Cultural Management in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

    15th-17th of January 2015
    Heilbronn University – Campus Künzelsau

    Cultural Management Without Borders
    The Internationalization of Cultural Management and Cultural Management Education

    With significant restructuring of international arts and cultural exchange, especially due to the digital revolution and the shifts in European societies caused by immigration, the field of cultural management is challenged to adopt an open attitude and explore new questions. Europe has witnessed incisive phases of internationalization through colonialism and post‐colonial theories.
    Simultaneously, it is experiencing dynamic changes led by the influences of technology and the exponential growth of the cultural and creative industries. So questions regarding the role of European culture and the international perception of Europe are pivotal. Some of the numerous questions that have to be addressed in the context of the 9th annual conference of the Association of Cultural Management are therefore:

    • What key competencies does a cultural manager require to work as a broker between different cultures and different cultural value systems?
    • How can future cultural managers be prepared for tasks in an international environment?
    • What roles do European cultural goods and national cultural management approaches play in the globalized world?
    • Who holds the interpretive power over what we transport abroad as culture and hence as an image of ourselves? Is culture constrained by the role of the soft diplomat?

    Consequently the aim of the conference is threefold:

    • To critically scrutinize cultural management training to date, with a view to expanding baseline requirements, testing fresh perspectives and gaining new inputs (e.g. cooperation projects).
    • To learn from scientists who are developing new cultural management approaches and thought patterns in national contexts that can be applied internationally, as well as from practitioners successfully working in
      international organizations or projects.
    • To reflect on the role of (European) culture as well as that of common
      external cultural policy in the context of globalization.

    Contributions in German or English should relate to unpublished projects which are concluded, or still in progress. The submitted texts should not exceed 500 words. Review criteria are: the originality of the proposition, the methodical approach as well as the practical application of the study. The conference offers two presentation platforms: lectures (30 minutes) and workshop discussions (lecture and moderated discussion). The latter may include a co‐speaker from the field. Co‐speakers may be proposed; alternatively, the conference committee may suggest a suitable co‐speaker.

    The conference committee will make the final decision regarding selection and categorization. We are looking forward to your contributions!

    The deadline for submission ends on June 18th, 2014.

    Please submit to: raphaela.henze@hs‐

    Conference chaired by: Prof. Dr. Raphaela Henze, Heilbronn University
    Conference committee: Prof. Dr. Sigrid Bekmeier‐Feuerhahn, Dr. Patrick S. Föhl, Prof. Dr. Steffen Höhne, Dr. Rolf Keller, Prof. Dr. Birgit Mandel, Prof. Dr. Verena Teissl, Prof. Dr. Martin Tröndle.

    The Fachverband Kulturmanagement is a professional association of academic lecturers and researchers in the field of cultural management for the Germanspeaking countries. The association’s mission is the representation and advancement of cultural management in research and teaching.

    Further information regarding the association’s work and conferences can be found at

  • AK 7:05 pm on April 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fortified, , sustainable development   

    International Conference on Fortified Heritage: Management and Sustainable Development. 15-17 October 2014. Pamplona, Spain – Deadline: 30 April 

    International Conference on
    Fortified Heritage: Management and Sustainable Development

    15 – 17 October 2014. Pamplona, Spain

    Call for Papers

    Deadline for sending in abstracts: 30 April 2014

    The International Conference on “Fortified Heritage: Management and Sustainable Development” scheduled for 15, 16 and 17 October 2014, also welcomes the presentation of papers by all professionals with an interest in the conservation, tourist development and re-use of fortified heritage.

    Our aim is to create a forum for debate in which members give up their knowledge and share their experiences acquired in diverse spheres and different parts of the world, so as to enrich and broaden horizons with regard to the possibilities currently offered by our defensive heritage.

    It can therefore be said that this call for papers represents a genuine plea for good practices in military heritage, where all those individuals and institutions with some kind of involvement in this cause meet and work together in a common effort to conserve and enhance our rich fortified heritage for the benefit of future generations.

    This event is part of the FORTIUS Project, which has been 65% co-financed by FEDER European funds through POCTEFA 2007-2013 (Spain-France-Andorra Territorial Cooperation Programme), aimed at reinforcing the social and economic integration of the Spain-France-Andorra border region. The help it gives focuses on the development of cross-border activities – economic, social and environmental –with joint strategies for sustainable territorial development.


    1. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION Typologies of restoration: conservation, consolidation, repair and reconstruction,…
    2. MANAGEMENT PLANS Contents of a management plan, drawing up process and involvement of,…
    3. MANAGEMENT, SAFETY AND ACCESSIBILITY Models of management: public, private and/or combinations,…
    4. RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY Recycling possibilities and their selection criteria,…
    5. LANDSCAPING, MAINTENANCE AND URBAN PLANNING Landscape design and land use around the fortifications,…
    6. FUNDING, FOUNDATIONS AND VOLUNTEERING Different sources of funding for restoration and conservation,…
    7. COMMUNICATION, MARKETING AND BRANDING Presence in the media and on the social networks,…
    8. FORTIFIED HERITAGE, CULTURE, TOURISM AND EDUCATION Fortified heritage as a strategic bid for the development of cities,…

    Key dates


    Submission of abstracts of papers 30 April
    Confirmation of acceptance of papers 16 May
    Subsidised registration 23 May
    Submission of full papers 8 August
    Confirmation of acceptance of papers and/or need for revision 15 August
    Submission of revised papers 22 September
    Conference registration 26 September
    Conference 15,16 and 17 October

    Review of abstracts

    All abstracts and papers will be subject to blind peer review, carried out by the Conference’s Scientific Committee, which will decide whether to accept, or accept with modifications, or reject the work submitted.

    Official languages

    The official languages of the Conference are: SPANISH, ENGLISH AND FRENCH.
    Abstracts and papers will therefore be accepted in those languages. Their oral presentation will be in the official language in which they were sent.


    Publication in electronic format (eBook).
    All papers, along with Conference presentations, will be published in electronic format (eBook) once the Conference has ended.


    Project FORTIUS
    Pamplona City Council

    Conference Secretariat

  • AK 2:04 am on April 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    High court raps Archaeological Survey of India for ‘lame excuses’ for monument neglect 

    And the sad saga continues…

  • AK 10:36 pm on April 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bharat, ,   

    Place where Bharat was born lies in neglect

  • AK 1:57 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: germany, right to heritage,   

    Conference ‘The Right to (World) Heritage’ 23-25 October 2014. Cottbus, Germany – Deadline: 30 April 

    Call for Papers

    “The Right to (World) Heritage”

    October 23 – 25,  2014, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

    Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April, 2014

     Call for Papers.pdf

    We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the conference “The ‘Right to [World] Heritage”, which will provide a platform for students, alumni and experts from the heritage field to exchange knowledge and experience, as well as an opportunity to develop short and long-time cooperations.

    The conference is organized by the International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V. (IAWHP e.V.) together with the Faculty for Environmental Studies and Process Engineering of the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Financial support is provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


    The conference “The Right to [World] Heritage” aims to find innovative solutions to pressing questions concerning [World] Heritage as a human right in the context of existing international agreements and conventions. Current laws shall be discussed with the aim to begin new initiatives with a focus on increasing the inclusion of civil society as well as the use of new information technologies.

    The role of [World] Heritage in the struggle between different modern political systems is of central importance to this conference. Amongst other issues, the significance of the properties listed by UNESCO for democracy and its promotion around the world will be analysed.  This includes a discussion about whether the status of a World Heritage property should be dependent on its political background. Furthermore, the issues facing heritage in areas of conflict and the heritage of minorities, which is often particularly endangered and needs more effective protection, will be highlighted.

    Target participants

    The conference should provide a platform for:

    • Researchers and practitioners of heritage management at local, national and international levels to exchange ideas and experiences;
    • Alumni and students to engage in network building and knowledge transfer;
    • the IAWHP e.V., current students and  heritage experts to develop long term collaboration

    Thematic Sessions

    Session 1: Heritage and Power. Within this session the right to heritage can be debated  from  historical as well as current political perspectives. The presenters shall use case studies to highlight who are (and were) the actors and decision makers in the areas of cultural and natural heritage protection.

    Session 2: Heritage in Armed Conflict. This session analyses the efficacy of existing international instruments for the protection of heritage in times of crisis, e.g. the Hague Convention and its protocols as well as the international “Blue Shield” committee. Further strategies for the prevention of destruction and of smuggling and illicit trade of cultural heritage shall be presented and discussed.

    Session 3: Heritage for Everybody. This session will include presentations and discussions surrounding the question of whether [World] Heritage can be interpreted as a human right (‘Global Commons’), in the context of various international conventions. The inclusion of civil society in questions concerning the protection of the cultural and natural heritage will also be discussed in this session.

    For the propose paper please submit an abstract in Word (.doc) of max of 300 words in English
    The submission should also indicate the following (not included within the specified word limit): the latest by 30th of April 2014 (midnight GMT+1 time zone).

    Important Dates

    30th April – Deadline for abstracts
    30th April – 31st July – Conference Registration
    15th May – Notification of abstract acceptance
    15th August – Deadline for papers

    For more information and regular updates please visit our website:

  • AK 1:41 pm on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: kent, ,   

    International Conference: The implementation of the 1972 UNESCO Convention. 14-17 January 2015. University of Kent (UK) Deadline: 1st November 2014 

    International conference

    The implementation of the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Legal and practical evaluation of the management of Cultural World Heritage Sites

    14th – 17th January 2015. University of Kent, UK

    Call for Papers

    Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2014

    The 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention is considered the most successful UNESCO Convention. It recognises that State Parties have a duty to protect their heritage with the dual aim to care for the past of humankind and improve the wellbeing of local communities. There are now 759 cultural sites on the World Heritage List, most of them in developed countries. While not in danger of wilful destruction, they are under different man-made threats such as pressure to build infrastructure, urban development, privatisation, unsustainable tourism, poor management or inadequate administrative/legislative provisions. Furthermore, the World Heritage Committee found that only 12 per cent of current management systems of Western Europe’s cultural sites was highly effective whereas more than 60 per cent needed improvement. Similarly, more than 50 per cent of protection arrangements needed upgrading (! World Heritage Report 20, 61; 62). The Western Europe sub group for Periodic Reporting of the application of the Convention also highlighted in December 2009 the need to develop means of allowing states ‘to give more full information on legislation and other aspects of protection in their constituent parts’ and that many lacked management plans, and defined statements of Outstanding Universal Value. Those findings and problems are not specific to Europe.

    This conference aims to evaluate the efficiency of national laws, policy mechanisms and management plans in the protection of World Heritage Sites with a particular focus on cultural sites. It aims to bring together academics and stakeholders involved in the management of cultural world heritage sites in order to strengthen their relationship; to assess the implementation of the 1972 UNESCO Convention through a critical analysis of national laws and policies; to enhance Cultural World Heritage Sites’ stewardship by suggesting improvements to their regulatory framework and to the 1972 UNESCO Convention.

    The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote new ways of thinking about the protection of Cultural World Heritage Sites and submissions in the following areas are encouraged:

    1. Analysis of the different types of management systems and their efficiency in protecting Cultural World Heritage Sites:  management plans, regimes of ownership (public, quasi-public and private), definition of buffer zones and integrated management policies at different level of governance (local, national and international), with a particular emphasis on the role of local communities (private owners) and other steering groups
    2. Analysis of planning regulations, planning documents and how the planning/regulation system deals with changes, and the role of different stakeholders in this process
    3. Analysis of how change is dealt with in management plans (sustainable development, new construction including social housing, climate change) and the role of local communities
    4. The role of experts, international independent consultants, ICOMOS and other stakeholders in the management of those sites
    5. Analysis of the monitoring of Sites under threat or on the List of Sites in danger and measures/or lack of measures taken to prevent their delisting
    6. Practical experiences in monitoring Cultural World Heritage Sites, including complex sites like World Heritage cities, transboundary sites (national borders and local authority administrative boundaries), historic ensembles (and the role of local communities in their management)
    7. Analysis of funding and  resources for the management of Cultural World Heritage Sites and related problems at a local, national and international level
    8. Boundaries and cross-fertilization between the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and other international Conventions; as well as frontiers and connections between natural and cultural sites, tangible and intangible values

    The conference is organised by the Research Network on the protection of Cultural World Heritage Sites funded by the AHRC. For more information about the network, see:

    Abstracts of approximately 500 words (one page, Word document not PDF, single spaced, excluding references, no header, footers or track changes) are invited by 31 March 2014 with decisions on acceptance to be made within one month. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Papers can be theoretical or theoretically informed empirical work. In the case of co-authored papers, ONE person should be identified as the corresponding author. Due to restrictions of space on the conference schedule, multiple submissions by the same author are not accepted. Abstracts should include FULL contact details, including your name, department, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address. All delegates whose abstracts are approved will be expected to give a 20-minute presentation at the international conference to be held at the University! of Kent, Canterbury, UK. The deadline for the submission of the papers of accepted abstracts is 1 November 2014.

    Delegates will be registered to the conference at no cost but are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

    Abstracts should be emailed to Dr Sophie Vigneron at

  • AK 9:59 pm on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bada imambara,   

    Recent Controversy: Lucknow’s Bada Imambara will now require women to cover their heads 

    Well-known newspaper, The Hindu, recently reported that Lucknow’s famous historic site, Bada Imambara, also designated by the ASI as a national monument, will now require women to cover their heads while entering the premises. Read the news story here:

    There has been some debate about this move, because the imambara complex is not strictly a religious site and allows everyone entry, unlike the Asafi Mosque which is a religious site and does not allow non-Muslims entry. 

    What do you think of this ruling?

    An open letter was recently posted to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court:

  • AK 5:54 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , switzerland   

    Summer school on the International Protection of Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century: Threats and Challenges. 16-17 June 2014. Geneva (Switzerland) 

    International Protection of Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century: Threats & Challenges

    16 – 17 June 2014. Geneva, Switzerland
    Application deadline: April 15, 2014 (early bird), May 15, 2014 (regular)
    Tuition fees: CHF 1700.- (early bird) / CHF 2000.- (regular)

    • An intensive course on cultural heritage law, directed by the UNESCO Chair in the International Law of the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Faculty at the Art-Law Centre at the University of Geneva.
    • Study cultural heritage law in a worldwide centre for art trade and diplomacy with a very dense network of key international institutions.
    • Visits to WIPO and the UN, among other institutions .
    • Teaching by the University of Geneva faculty and renowned experts from international universities.
    • An enriching academic experience in a top-ranked university.
    • 3 ECTS credits.
    • Discovery of an international and culturally vibrant city at the heart of Europe and close to the Alps.

    Course Directors

    Professor Marc-André Renold
    Faculty of Law
    Director, Art-Law Center
    University of Geneva

    Dr. Alessandro Chechi
    Post-Doctoral Researcher
    University of Geneva


  • AK 6:32 pm on March 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: congress, , ,   

    2nd International Congress on Education and Accessibility: Museums and Heritage (2-4 May 2014. Huesca, Spain) DEADLINE: 27 April 

    2nd International Congress on Education and Accessibility: Museums and Heritage

    “With all sense:
    Towards social inclusion on equal terms”

    Huesca, 2 to 4 May 2014. Huesca, Spain

    The museum concept may have multiple meanings, according to its evolution over time. That is why heritage sites have been changing in various aspects, being some of the most important their museological definition. Currently oriented towards the unity of museum content to their appropriate dissemination and communication to all audiences, por  instead of the  original classification by specialities: Fine Arts, History, Science, Technology, Anthropology or Applied Arts.

    Territorial museums, ecomuseums, former provincial or regional museums, archaeological sites, monuments, historical districts, natural parks and protected areas, as well as intangible cultural assets, are seen today as communitarian heritage: something bellonging to all and for all, giving an universal dimension to heritage sites.

    For the same reason, if museums and cultural heritage resources have adapted to changing times and want to open up to all senses, we not only need universal accessibility. Integration and multiculturalism should be present there in an effective way by means of social integration and equal opportunities.

    The Second International Congress on Education and Accessibility. “Museums and Heritage with all senses: towards social inclusion on equel terms” intends to continue the way started in 2010 at the First Congress in Murcia and to expand most updated and accurate insights into the following topics and sessions: “Social Museology and accessible heritage”, “Social responsibility and multiculturalism””Museums and Health: The museum as a space for transformation and therapeutic utility”and “Accessibility and emerging technologies”.

    Addressed to:

    • Museum and Heritage Professionals.
    • Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (jails, health centre, etc…)
    • Professionals working in Art Education and Health programmes.
    • Students, undergraduates, postgraduates, theachers and researches in History of Art, Fine Arts, Cultural studies, Cultural management, Heritage, Museology, Science, Technology, Social Studies, Social Work, Psycology, Sociology, Antropology, Public Relations, Medicine, etc… or other university or pre-university studies linked with these fields.
    • People who want to achieve more knowledge or focus their careers in the field of Art Education, Museology or Culture and Health.


    Communications, must pertain to the four blocks of the Congress:

    1. Social museology and accessible heritage
    2. Social responsibility and multiculturalism
    3. Museum and health. The museum as a space for transformation of therapeutic use
    4. Accessibility and emerging technologies.

    The closing date for registration is 27 April. Registrations made ​​before March 4 benefit from a significant reduction. Those who want to participate with any communication must send your abstract by March 14,

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