AIC's 46th Annual Meeting

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The 46th Annual Meeting will take place May 29 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX at the:

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, Texas 77010


We are pleased to announce that the theme will be:

"Material Matters 2018"

The Call for Papers is now open!
Submit an abstract for Annual Meeting programming here


                       Meeting and Pre-Session Theme

Annual Meeting Theme - Material Matters 2018


Papers are solicited that demonstrate the impact of material studies – or studies of materials – on the conservation profession, including the emergence of innovative treatments, new ways of “looking” and “seeing,” shifts in decision-making and desired outcomes, and changes in collection care strategies. Also welcome are explorations of the impact of trending “materiality” studies on related disciplines including archaeology, museum and curatorial fields, and art history among others. Topics can include, but are not limited to: cutting-edge imaging and analysis techniques of materials, new materials having conservation applications, revelations about the meaning and significance of materials within an artist’s work, and improved methods of authentication. Four concurrent general session sub-themes have been identified with more to be identified based on the submissions. To view the sub-themes and to submit an abstract for either the general or a specialty session, please visit the Call for Papers webpage.

AIC will also be offering a selection of workshops and tours on the pre-session days of May 29 – 30, 2018. In addition, and for the first time, AIC will debut a day-long session of talks on May 30 which will center around the following pre-session theme:

Pre-session Theme - Whose Cultural Heritage? Whose Conservation Strategy?

Papers are solicited on the following topics: To what degree should conservation treatments, collection management policies, and collection care programs be customized for diverse cultures and audiences? What are the barriers to promoting a more diverse workforce in cultural heritage conservation and how can they be overcome?  Papers are solicited that discuss these and other issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and access in cultural heritage preservation. Topics can include, but are not limited to, approaches to the appropriate treatment and contextual display of cultural artifacts, preservation in public and private spaces including monuments or sacred sites, the dismantling of Confederate monuments, participation of stakeholder communities, training for allied professionals and other supporters, and the challenge and impacts of achieving diversity and equity on our field, including related funding needs.


Abstract submissions should be no more than 500 words. Speaker/co-author biographies should be no more than 300 words. Abstracts for all sessions (including posters) are due on or before September 15, 2017


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Annual Meeting Recaps

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