Fifty years after the Arno River breached its banks, the theme for AIC's 44th Annual Meeting and CAC-ACCR 42nd Annual Conference is...
Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation
The meeting will be held from Friday, May 13 through Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, Canada.
Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts for General or Specialty Group Sessions that address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. In addition papers that address confronting the unexpected in conservation whether it occurs during the treatment of an artifact or during a natural disaster are requested.
...can consider immediate reactions, such as the application of crowd-mapping technology to aid response efforts, as well as longer term developments stemming from disasters, such as the adoption of simple strategies: Fail to Plan – Plan to Fail, effective risk assessment methodologies, the rapid transformation of damaged artifacts into objects of veneration, or thanks to social media today, the repercussions of instantaneous visibility of destruction.
Preparing for Disasters
...can include, in addition to situations caused by natural disasters, accidents, terrorist activities, and climate change, even well-intended, but misguided interventions that elicit global amusement and/or outrage.
Confronting the Unexpected
...can involve surprises encountered along the way in any treatment and can be expanded to include all stakeholders, even future ones, who are affected by a disaster. Communities affected can cross geographic boundaries, social and economic populations, cultural and historical perspectives, and inter-disciplinary expertise.