Call for Submissions: Concurrent General Sessions

From 2:00-5:30pm on Thursday, May 16, 2019, AIC will offer multiple tracks of general session talks centered around the meeting theme, "New Tools, Techniques, and Tactics in Conservation and Collection Care."

For the Concurrent General Sessions, we are holding calls for four topic-focused sessions (chaired by members who responded to the previous call for session proposals) plus one open call. Presentation length should be planned at 18-20 minutes to allow about 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

New Tactics: The evolving role of the conservator of contemporary art

Chairs: Mareike Opeña and Kate Moomaw
This session is intended to frame a new Contemporary Art Network (AIC-CAN!) as a forum to discuss the evolving roles of aconservator of contemporary art, and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, recognizing that the theoretical, and practical challenges of contemporary art conservation cross material specialty lines. Possible topics include: relationships between artists and fabricators; processes of artmaking today and the possible roles of conservators therein; decision-making/negotiation in collaborative settings; reproduction, replication, exhibition copies and the question of authenticity; a conservator’s place in the process; challenges of preserving nontraditional materials and techniques; understanding and preserving ephemerality; documentation of complex and variable media, such as installation and performance art; and, does conservation affect the value and/or meaning of an artwork?

New Tools and Techniques: Let’s talk about gels! 

Chairs: Madeleine Neiman and Soraya Alcalá
Conservators across specialties frequently utilize chemical and physical gels as well as a myriad of viscosity modifiers in cleaning. Gels have been part of the conservation toolkit for years, but gel cleaning methods and materials continue to evolve. Efforts by cultural heritage professionals to exploit gels’ positive features and to limit possible negative consequences has led to ongoing innovation. This session invites papers from conservators and conservation scientists on the theory and practice of gel treatments. Specifically, we encourage submissions related to innovative materials and treatment methodologies for gel cleaning as well as novel uses for gel-based cleaning systems.  We welcome papers discussing both the triumphs and challenges in working with gels.

Imaging Tools, Techniques, and Tactics

Chair: Keats Webb
This session exploring imaging techniques will include standard paper presentations as well as a panel discussion. Imaging techniques are widely used as non-destructive tools to document and analyze heritage objects. Imaging is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary; it relies on the advances and contributions of a range of fields, encouraging a discussion about adapting and developing techniques, accessible tools, and best practices and standardization. Topics of interest for presentations include but are not limited to: new imaging tools, techniques, and tactics to support conservation and collection care; development and accessibility of imaging tools and techniques; best practices and standardization; institutional structure and the support of imaging within different organizations; assessment of available tools and techniques and the possibilities and limitations.

New Tactics: Practical approaches to technical research in low-tech settings

Chair: Caroline Roberts
Conservators work in diverse environments equipped with wide-ranging research capabilities. For conservators working with limited time, money, and equipment, answering technical research questions can be uniquely challenging. However, the proliferation of low-cost, practical materials investigation tools has made it possible for conservators to meet the demand for evidence-based research even in low-budget and remote settings. This session focuses on conservation research projects that have utilized low-cost, practical investigative and analytical techniques, profited from cross-disciplinary collaborations between conservators and scientists at different institutions, and demonstrated that technical questions can be answered in environments where high-tech tools are out of reach.

Open Call

Please submit abstracts that fit the conference theme, but not any of the sub-sessions above.