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  • 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.

  • AK 1:25 am on May 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    2014 Training on Heritage Impact Assessments – Thang Long Citadel- Hanoi (Viet Nam) 13-24 October 2014 – Deadline for applications: 1 June 2014 

    Course Announcement

    Course on Heritage Impact Assessments
    October 13– 24, 2014
    Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam


    • World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre (WHITRAP, Shanghai)
    • International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)


    • UNESCO Ha Noi Office;
    • Hanoi City’s People’s Committee


    • Tongji University
    • Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning & Design Institute

    In recent years the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has examined a considerable number of State of Conservation Reports related to threats from various types of large‐scale development activities to the World Heritage properties. These activities include infrastructure development, new buildings, urban renewal and changes to the land use, some of which are insensitive or inappropriate. The Committee has also examined threats from excessive or inappropriate tourism. Many of these activities have had the potential to impact adversely on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) including integrity and authenticity of the properties inscribed on the World Heritage List. In order to evaluate satisfactorily the potential impacts, the World Heritage Committee has suggested the State Parties concerned to conduct Heritage Impact Assessments. Impact assessment has been a tool used in evaluating impacts by other sectors widely and the time has come to adapt it to suit heritage sector. Meeting the demand of the Committee in particular and more generally considering the growing need for the professionals in the Heritage sector to equip with knowledge and skills on Heritage Impact Assessments, WHITRAP together with ICCROM propose to organize a training workshop in Vietnam.


    • To provide participants with the knowledge on management requirements for World Heritage Sites
    • To discuss reporting and monitoring requirements including State of Conservation reports and their implications to State Parties.
    • To provide the current knowledge and skills of using impact assessment as a tool for evaluating impacts from various factors affecting heritage in general and world heritage sites in particular.
    • To provide understanding of the knowledge (such as the legal frameworks) to initiate/improve heritage impact assessments in respective countries of the participants.
    • To promote the exchange of experiences and information among participants and the institutions.

    The course is an intensive programme that combines both theory and practice through lectures, case studies, and practical exercises. High‐level interaction of participants is encouraged during the course, where participants are expected to play an active role.

    The international course is designed for a maximum of 20 persons. Priority is given to :

    • Professionals/ decision makers from State Parties that have been requested to carry out impact assessments of developments proposed at World Heritage properties located within their territory by the World Heritage Committee.

    Teaching Team
    The teaching staff includes leading heritage conservation professionals with international and regional experience from ICCROM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, WHITRAP and regional institutions.
    These experts will present a broad international perspective in their fields of expertise.

    Working Language
    The official language of the course is English. All course content and output will be in English.
    Participants should be proficient in English including reading, writing, making presentations, and joining in discussions.

    A certificate of attendance given by both the WHITRAP and ICCROM will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course.

    Course Fee
    950 US $.

    Travel, accommodation and living expenses
    Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Vietnam. In order to cover accommodation and living expenses in Vietnam during the course, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of $700 for the entire period.
    Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies.

    UNESCO WHITRAP Shanghai only offers scholarships to the Professionals/ decision makers from State Parties in the Asia‐Pacific Region that have been requested to carry out impact assessments by the World Heritage Committee who can’t secure funding. The organizer will cover the cost of local transportation related to the course in Vietnam.

    Please fill the Application Form and send it together with the following materials by email or
    mail to the contact address below:

    • A full professional curriculum vitae;
    • A 500 – 750 word report which includes the descriptions of the property/ World Heritage Site and an indication of potential development/tourism/infrastructure activities that in your view could threaten the values/OUV of the site. Alternatively, you can present a 500‐750 word report on your experience of conducting/participating in an impact assessment study.
    • A Recommendation letter.

    Application Deadlines: June 1, 2014.

    Email is encouraged. All correspondence concerning the above course should be addressed
    in English to:
    Contact: Ms. LI Hong
    World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under
    the auspices of UNESCO, Shanghai Centre
    3rd Floor Wen Yuan Building, 1239 Siping Rd., Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, P.R. China
    Tel: 0086 21 65987687 ext. 8010; Fax: 0086 21 65987687 ext. 8004;
    Email:; Website: http://www.whitr‐

  • AK 1:24 am on May 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    International Conference: Flood Protection for Historic Sites. 13-14 June 2014. Dresden (Germany) Deadline: 14 May 2014 

    Flood Protection for Historic Sites

    Integrating Heritage Conservation
    and Flood Control Concepts

    13-14 JUNE 2014

    Evidence of increasingly severe river floods in recent decades has spurred unprecedented efforts in Germany, Europe and many other regions of the world to reduce these threats through flood control measures. While there is general agreement that flood management should first of all be pursued by strengthening natural water retention, such efforts allow limited improvements for urbanized floodplains. Communities are therefore increasingly asking for protective structures to be built along urban waterfronts. River flood control techniques have been greatly improved in recent years, but such measures are usually extensive and structurally invasive. They may compromise urban and landscape qualities, historic monuments and sites, and tourist appeal, and thus affect the quality of life and the overall value of a location. This aspect has not been sufficiently taken into consideration so far, and it is rarely considered adequat! ely and early enough in planning such projects.
    This international colloquium will address conditions and experiences from different geographic, political, economic and cultural contexts. Promising approaches and strategies for the preservation of urban and cultural landscapes along rivers and streams and for building environmentally-sound protection systems will be discussed. Conference languages are English and German. Simultaneous translation will be provided.


    Host / Organizing Committee

    Prof. Thomas Will, Dr.-Ing. Heiko Lieske, Dr.-Ing. Nils Schinker
    Institute for Architectural History, Theory and Conservation, Faculty of Architecture, Technische Universität Dresden

    In cooperation with ICOMOS Germany

    Scientific Advisory Board

    Dr. Dirk Carstensen, Institut für Wasserbau und Technische Hydromechanik, TU Dresden
    Dr. Hagen Eyink, Prof., Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung, Berlin
    Dr. Bernhard Furrer, Prof., Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio
    Dr. Hans-Rudolf Meier, Prof. für Denkmalpflege und Baugeschichte, Bauhaus Univ. Weimar
    Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Professor of Geography, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Midd-lesex University, London
    Dr. Erika Schmidt, Sen.-Professorin für Geschichte der Landschaftsarchitektur, TU Dresden
    Joachim Tourbier, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Construction, Philadelphia/PA
    Pali Wijeratne, Environmental Planning Services (Pvt) Ltd., Colombo, Sri Lanka


    Gabi Böhme, Susan Gebler (IBAD/TU Dresden)

    K.I.T. Group GmbH Dresden
    phone: +49 351 4967540
    fax: +49 351 4956116


    Technische Universität Dresden, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden
    Hörsaalzentrum, Hörsaal HSZ/04/H


    Registration fees NEW:  ICOMOS Members
    registration until 14 May 2014
    Regular registration by
    14 May 2014
    Full registration 80,00 Euro 100,00 Euro
    One-day registration 50,00 Euro 60,00 Euro

    Students with appropriate identification will pay 50% of the respective registration.

    The fee includes admission, conference booklet, excursion, lunches and coffee breaks.

    Online Registration 

    For rail passengers Deutsche Bahn has a Special Offer.

    Special Offer Deutsche Bahn


  • AK 1:23 am on May 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Conference ‘The Right to (World) Heritage’ 23-25 October 2014. Cottbus, Germany – DEADLINE EXTENDED: 15 May 

    Call for Papers

    “The Right to (World) Heritage”

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

    Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April, 2014 Deadline extended: 15 May 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: 

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