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  • AK 12:19 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    A new journal article on how historic Hindu temples in India are preserved and managed 

    A recent article discusses how historic religious spaces, and more specifically Hindu temples have been cared for and preserved through history, and how contemporary conservation policies continue to affect their management and preservation today.
    Link for the article:

  • AK 1:58 pm on November 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    14th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture. 13-15 July 2015. A Coruña (Spain) 

    14th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture

    13 – 15 July 2015. A Coruña, Spain

    STREMAH 2015 is the 14th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture. The meeting has taken place on a regular basis since the first conference started in Florence (1989) and continued in Seville (1991); Bath (1993); Crete (1995); San Sebastian (1997); Dresden (1999); Bologna (2001); Halkidiki (2003); Malta (2005); Prague (2007); Tallinn (2009); Tuscany (2011), and the New Forest, UK home of the Wessex Institute (2013).

    The importance of retaining the built cultural heritage cannot be overstated. Rapid development and the inappropriate conservation techniques are threatening many unique sites in different parts of world. This conference aims to provide the necessary scientific knowledge required to formulate regulatory policies, to ensure effective ways of preserving the architectural heritage. Because of that the series has been successful and continues to attract a wide range of high quality contributions since it started in 1989.

    The meeting addresses a series of topics related to the historical aspects and the reuse of heritage buildings, as well as technical issues on the structural integrity of different types of buildings, such as those constructed with materials as varied as iron and steel, concrete, masonry, wood or earth. Restoration processes require the appropriate characterisation of those materials, the modes of construction and the structural behaviour of the building. This knowledge can be gained through a series of material characterisation techniques, preferably via non-destructive tests. Modern computer simulation can provide accurate results demonstrating the stress state of the building and possible failure mechanisms affecting its stability. Of particular importance are studies related to their dynamic and earthquake behaviour aiming to provide an assessment of the seismic vulnerability of heritage buildings.

    This conference brings together contributions from scientists, architects, engineers and restoration experts from all over the world dealing with different aspects of heritage buildings. Papers contained in the volumes in the series have been published in paper and digital format in the WIT transactions of the Built Environment, and widely distributed around the world. They are also permanently archived in the Wessex Institute eLibrary where they are available to the international community (see

    Journal Submission
    Presenters at STREMAH 2015 will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for possible publication in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, one of the Journals published by the Wessex Institute.

    Conference Topics

    • Heritage architecture and historical aspects
    • Learning from the past
    • Surveying and monitoring
    • Performance and maintenance
    • Structural restoration of metallic structures
    • Earth construction
    • Modern (19th/20th century) heritage
    • Maritime heritage
    • Heritage masonry buildings
    • Stone masonry walls
    • Wooden structures
    • Simulation and modelling
    • Material characterization
    • New technologies or materials
    • Corrosion and material decay
    • Seismic vulnerability
    • Assessment and re-use of heritage buildings
    • Heritage and tourism
    • Social and economic aspects in heritage
    • Guidelines, codes and regulations for heritage
    • Heritage management
    • Defence heritage
    • Industrial heritage
    • Transportation heritage

    Abstract and Paper Submission Information

    Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

    We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts electronically, by clicking on the ‘Submit an Abstract‘. If you prefer, abstracts can be sent by email, fax or mail to the Conference Secretariat. Details can be found on the left side of this page. Please include your name, full address and conference topic on all submissions.

    Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper, which if accepted for publication, must be presented at the conference. The language of the conference will be English.

    The paper deadline will be advised after submission of abstracts.

    Registration Information

    To register online for this conference please complete the registration form by clicking on the ‘Register’. If you would prefer to print out a copy of the Registration Form, please download the PDF Registration Form below and return to the Conference Secretariat.

    PDF Registration Form

    Conference Fees

    Includes conference proceedings, other documentation and refreshments.

    • Registration Fee, €890
    • Conference Chairmen, WIT Fellows and members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, €780
    • Students, €500

    Conference Secretariat

    Gemma Breen
    Wessex Institute
    Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst
    Southampton, SO40 7AA
    Tel: 44 (0) 238 029 3223
    Fax: 44 (0) 238 029 2853

    Display Facilities

    There will be space for organisations to display products, services and literature related to the theme of the conference. Further details are available from the Conference Secretariat above.

  • AK 1:55 pm on November 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Call for abstracts – ‘Embracing Change in the Management of Place’ Conference. 13-15 May 2015, Massachusetts (USA) Deadline: 15 January 2015 

    Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values“Embracing Change in the Management of Place”

    13-15 May 2015 at the UMass Amherst Campus, Massachusetts (USA)

    Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2015

    The Challenge

    In recognition of the importance of cultural landscape research in contemporary heritage policy and practice, the University of Massachusetts Center for Heritage & Society (CHS) and the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) have co-organized a two-and-a-half day conference. The goal of the conference is to bring together a broad range of interdisciplinary scholars and heritage professionals to explore key issues in cultural landscapes and heritage values.

    Cultural landscapes may be urban or rural, and they include parks, gardens, historic sites, agricultural landscapes, and areas of cultural and historical associations and significance. In the broader field of Heritage Management, the study of cultural landscapes is of particular and current interest. Landscapes are at once “cultural” and “natural,” calling into question traditional divisions of cultural and natural heritage resources and landscape management (e.g., “Cultural Landscapes” vs. “Natural Landscapes” in the World Heritage categories). Landscapes constitute a living heritage, reflecting the mutual influences of diverse groups of people and the equally varied places they inhabit. Like societies, landscapes are continually evolving, and their management demands that social and environmental change be understood and embraced. Landscapes define the sense of a “place,” and are the embodiment of the inextricability o! f tangible and intangible heritage. For these reasons and others, landscapes are a critical subject in heritage studies.

    Conference Themes

    The themes of the conference emphasize the need to acknowledge and engage change in the successful interpretation, conservation, and management of landscapes; the often unproductive dichotomy of “natural” and “cultural” resources; the factors of social and economic inequality inherent in the designation and management of living landscapes; and other critical issues in heritage studies today that are raised and provoked by cultural landscape research and conservation.

    Themes to be explored in this conference include:

      • Multi-Cultural Landscapes: Issues of Social Justice and Power

    Landscapes express the diversity of the peoples who have lived and worked in them through time. The issue of which cultural landscapes, and which aspects of multi-layered cultural landscapes, are conserved and commemorated are embedded in contemporary power relationships. Heritage sites and landscapes can be tools for cultural reparations, social cohesion, for education as sites of conscience, and for places of commemoration of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural heritage. Abstracts should include case studies and research on indigenous cultural landscapes, diasporic heritage, ethnographic methodologies in cultural landscape research, legal frameworks and litigation, landscapes of disrupted heritage (involving conflict, ethnic cleansing, or other disruption), and other issues of social justice.

      • Authenticity and Integrity vs. Change in Living Landscapes

    Landscapes are the products and precedents of natural and cultural processes that began in the past and continue into the future. Understanding cultural landscapes as living landscapes has recast ideas of historical integrity and “authenticity.” If we acknowledge that change is inherent in living landscapes, then how do we safeguard something that by definition changes? And in the context of change, where does authenticity lie? Abstracts should address issues of integrity and authenticity in landscapes that continue to change and which reflect the changes in the lives of the people who inhabit them, including historic urban landscapes, agricultural landscapes, indigenous cultural landscapes, and other living landscapes.

      • Tangible and Intangible Heritage in Cultural Landscapes

    Cultural landscapes embody tangible as well as intangible heritage, and are a combined expression of both. Various forms of traditional knowledge shape landscapes and are therefore a vital topic in cultural landscape research and practice. Abstracts should address case studies and research in traditional landscape management practices; layers of meaning ascribed to landscapes that have been lost or are contested; proxemics patterns and their influence on power and social structure; ephemeral landscapes and landscapes of change; agricultural landscapes; indigenous landscapes; and other examples of intangible heritage in cultural landscapes.

      • Sustainability in Cultural Landscape Management

    Climate change, environmental degradation, and goals for an increasingly sustainable future affect cultural landscape research and practice in many ways. Abstracts should address heritage planning in relation to climate change, the integration of sustainable food systems in cultural landscape management, cultural landscapes as infrastructure, and sustainable technology in landscape conservation.

    Submission of Abstracts

    • To propose a symposium, paper, or poster for one of the four sub-themes listed above, please submit an abstract (maximum 200 words) HERE by January 15, 2015. This conference will be open to the public and will explore the theme of “Cultural Landscapes and Heritage Values” as described above. Papers selected will be the basis of twenty-minute presentations followed by discussion. No more than one abstract will be accepted per author (you may submit a second if you are not the principal author). Proposals will be selected through a blind peer review by the conference committee. Authors will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by February 15, 2015.


    • More details for registration and accomodation will be available soon.

    For questions or requests for additional information, please contact CHS Conference Coordinator Evan Taylor ( or visit the CHS website:

  • AK 3:17 am on October 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    5,000-year Harappan stepwell found in Kutch, bigger than Mohenjo Daro’s

  • AK 7:50 pm on September 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    International Symposium & Training Course on the Historic Urban Landscape. Shanghai, 7–10 December 2014. DEADLINE: 25 September 

    International Symposium & Training Course on the Historic Urban Landscape

    Shanghai, 7–10 December 2014

    Deadline: 25 September 2014

    Announcement and Programme


    The Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) is an updated heritage management approach based on the recognition and identification of a layering and interconnection of valuesnatural and cultural, tangible and intangible,international as well as local – present in any city. It is also based on the need to integrate the different disciplines for the analysis and planning of the urban conservation process, in order not to separate it from the planning and development of the contemporary city. The Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape, an international policy instrument adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference on 10 November 2011.

    The International Symposium will be preceded by a concise Training Course open to international professionals. The course programme aims to update professionals on the what, why & how of HUL with the latest developments in the field. It will last 2½ days, which will include 2 days of in total 8 training lectures (of 2½ hours each, divided between a lecture and a group discussion) and a half day site visit to one of the HUL project sites in China, i.e. the Hongkou district in downtown Shanghai. Participants in the training course will automatically register for the international Symposium, which is offered by WHITRAP as a package, in order to benefit directly from the training by enabling to follow the international projects and debates.


    Training Course on HUL
    International Symposium on HUL
    December 7-9, 2014
    December 9-10, 2014
    USD 550
    (includes automatic registration for the International Symposium on HUL)
    USD 210
    (includes simultaneous translation)
    Application Please fill in the Application Form International Training Course on HUL 2014 and send it to Please fill in the Registration Form International Symposium on HUL 2014 and send it
    (no needed for participants of the training that will participate in the Symposium)
    Working Language
    English -Chinese. Includes simultaneous translation


    Tongji University, Shanghai, P.R. China


    A certificate of attendance given by WHITRAP will be awarded to participants who satisfactory complete the training course and international symposium.


    The World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)


    • Tongji University’s Advanced Research Institute for Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning


    All correspondence concerning the Training Course or the International Symposium should be addressed in English to:


  • AK 8:23 pm on September 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Charminar, the soul of Hyderabad, needs to be saved

  • AK 4:24 pm on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    COURSE ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ (30 March-24 April 2015, Amsterdam) DEADLINE: 22 September 2014 

    Training course

    First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

    30 March-24 April 2015; four-week course
    Amsterdam with study visits to other cities in the Netherlands

    Application deadline: 22 September 2014

    The Course

    According to the Emergency Events database EM-DAT, from 2000-2012, around 2.9 billion people were adversely affected by disasters caused by natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, floods, storms etc.). Another 1.5 billion people are living in countries afflicted with civil strife and violent conflicts, states the World Development Report of 2011. The resultant damage and loss to life and property, including those to cultural heritage, are rising.

    For communities ripped apart by such catastrophes, cultural heritage has the potential to bridge communal divides and provide sense of continuity as well as identity during an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Yet, is it possible to safeguard cultural heritage while humanitarian aid and security operations are underway? When is the right time to intervene? How could we ensure that cultural recovery becomes a force for stabilization and building back better?

    First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis aims to equip participants with necessary skills and knowledge to provide timely response in emergency situations. The training identifies areas of joint programming between culture and humanitarian sectors to make certain that the affected communities participate in their own recovery. Developing cost effective strategies for risk reduction and disaster preparedness of cultural heritage forms a core component of the training.

    Who should apply?

    The course invites the participation of professionals working in the fields of cultural heritage and humanitarian assistance. It is aimed at professionals working within a variety of sectors:

    • Cultural and humanitarian aid organizations
    • Libraries, museums, archives, sites
    • Departments of antiquities or archaeology
    • Religious and community centres, etc.
    • Military and civil defense (especially those personnel, who have the responsibility of safeguarding cultural heritage during emergency situations)

    A maximum of 20 participants will be selected.


    In order to apply:

    1. Please fill out the application form and send it together with your personal statement by e-mail.
    2. Personal Statement: applicants are requested to provide a text (no more than 700 words) including a brief description of:
      • Previous experience, if any of facing an emergency situation that called for an immediate response to safeguard cultural heritage or if you live in a risk-prone region, describe the risks that your cultural heritage is exposed to;
      • Reasons for applying to the course: what the applicant hopes to learn from it and how it will benefit the applicant as well as her/his institution and country.

    Working language: English

    Course fee: € 900 (Euro)

    Travel, accommodation and living expenses

    Participants are responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Amsterdam (the Netherlands), and for all living expenses. To cover the cost of living, including accommodation, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of approximately 1600 Euro for the entire duration of the course. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies.

    Financial Assistance

    The organizers in cooperation with Prince Claus Fund may offer a limited number of scholarships and travel grants to selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding from any other sources.


    More information and contact:

    FAC 15
    Collections Unit – ICCROM
    Via di San Michele, 13
    00153 ROME RM, ITALY
    Fax: +39 06 58553349

    Organized in cooperation with:

  • AK 10:15 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Reminder: CfA – Charles Wallace India Fellowship, 2014-2015 – ​Closing date for applications: Friday, 29 August 2014 

    Please help us to disseminate this info and forward to your colleagues in India.


    SOAS Charles Wallace India Fellowship, 2014-201​5​

    Who is the fellowship for?

    One fellowship is awarded annually by the SOAS South Asia Institute (SSAI) and the Charles Wallace India Trust to a scholar who has had no, or little opportunity, to conduct research outside India.  The 3 month placement at SOAS, University of London should be taken predominantly during term-time (January–May).

    Who is eligible?

    • Applicants must be Indian nationalsand be residing in India at the time the application is submitted.
    • Applicants must havecompleted a PhD and must be working in the fields of ‘India Studies’ (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) which are supported at SOAS. For a list of subjects please check the Taught Masters programmes on the SOAS website. Applicants may not hold the Fellowship for the purpose of, or in conjunction with, enrolment in any Higher Educational Institution in the United Kingdom (including SOAS).
    • Applicants must be in the early to middle stage of their academic careers.
    • Candidates must demonstrate sufficient English language ability, both written and spoken, to participate in discussions and use resource materials.
    • Applicants must state if they are in receipt of any other grant, or are awaiting results of other applications.  Failure to do so may result in the fellowship being withdrawn.

    The 3 month visiting Fellowship is intended:

    • To contribute actively to the Institute’s research environment;
    • To provide SSAI members and research students with the opportunity to work with leading academics from outside SOAS;
    • To develop and promote links with academic institutions in India; and
    • To offer academics from India the opportunity to collaborate in joint research with SSAI colleagues.

    Visitor Contribution

    Visitors are expected to give a talk in the Institute’s seminar series and take part in the general intellectual life of the School (e.g. active participation in seminars). They may also be asked to contribute to one or more of the following Institute’s activities:

    • Give a talk in a Departmental seminar series, or a paper in a conference;
    • Collaborate on a research project with a member, or members, of the Institute;
    • Provide an article for the Institute’s working papers series;
    • Develop a research proposal to apply for an external funding award through the Institute; and
    • Contribute to the SSAI’s network of contacts (academic, practitioner, policy-making and/or media).

    Application Procedure

    ​​Closing date for applications: Friday, 29 August 2014

    A complete application will comprise:

    1. The application form duly filled in (including Section 12, list of your Publications and Section 16, a Description of your Proposed Research including an explanation of why SOAS in particular is an appropriate venue for you to pursue this research).
    2. Two letters of recommendation.

    ​Application form attached.​


    Or visit:
    All material must be submitted electronically and sent to Ms Sana Shah, by the deadline given.
    Notification of competition result
    All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application, generally by the end of October 2014.  Applicants who submit an ineligible or incomplete application will not be contacted.

    The School is authorised to release the names of successful fellows and their research topics as it deems fit.

    SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

    Download file on how to apply:

    India – How to Apply – full instructions 2014-15

  • AK 1:09 pm on June 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The heavy storm in New Delhi knocked the finial off Humayun’s Tomb, a World Heritage Site

  • AK 12:45 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    International Congress on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings. 29 – 30 September 2014. Madrid, Spain. DEADLINE: 23 June 

    International Congress on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

    29 – 30 September 2014. Madrid, Spain

    This Conference is an international forum that will give visibility to groups working on the generation and transfer of knowledge on energy efficiency applied to historic buildings. It will also gather in the same space different actors involved in the process (researchers – services and products providers and professionals – final users/clients) as well as entities and agents that can start new projects and initiatives.

    The Conference will focus on five thematic lines:

    • Traditional and technological knowledge: concepts, techniques, practices, uses, materials and methodologies.
    • Governance, mediation and management.
    • Legal and technical regulation of historic buildings.
    • Funding mechanisms.
    • Promotion, training, education.


      In advance: 60 euros until 31st July
      120 euros between 1st August and 20th September
      Fees: please see Info
      General fee: 40 euros
      Free: For speakers or panelists with lectures, presentations or posters, for exhibitors in the area of stands or and for members of the two organising foundations, registration in the networking area will be free. Register – Registrations available from 1st June.
      Free assistance, registration required.

    Important dates:


    23rd June 2014: deadline to submit presentations or posters’ abstracts.
    14th July 2014: notification of acceptance or non-acceptance.
    3rd September 2014: deadline to submit full presentations or posters.

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