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Ethics & Critical Thinking in Conservation

Pamela Hatchfield (editor), Barbara Appelbaum, Deborah Bede, Gabriëlle Beentjes, James Janowski, Jane E. Klinger, Frank Matero, Salvador Muñoz Viños, William Wei, Z. Benders, E. Domela Nieuwenhuis, George Wheeler, and Nancie Ravenel

This collection of essays brings to focus a moment in the evolution of the complex decision making processes required when conservators consider the treatment of cultural heritage materials. The papers presented here are drawn from two consecutive years of presentations at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting General Sessions. These were, in 2010, The Conservation Continuum: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future, and in 2011, Ethos Logos Pathos: Ethical Principles and Critical Thinking in Conservation.

"Just as the unexamined life is not worth living (or so I’ve been told) this volume’s essays demonstrates the value of a well-examined conservation life. Ethics and critical thinking are first about awareness." -- from the book review by Kevin Driedger, posted on http://librarypreservation2.blogspot.com/

This book is available in full-color hardcover for $39 ($33 for AIC members), and in black & white softcover for $19 ($16 for AIC members), or as an ebook in PDF format for $25 ($19 for AIC members).
It is 156 pages, 6x9 trim, and was published in November 2013. The UPC number is 23700001266122.

Within this book, you’ll find these thought-provoking chapters:

  • Conservation in the 21st Century: Will a 20th Century Code of Ethics Suffice?
    Barbara Appelbaum
  • Legacies from the Past: Previous Repairs
    Deborah Bede
  • To Treat or Not to Treat: Decision-making in Preparing Archives for Digitization
    Gabriëlle Beentjes
  • Resuscitating Bamiyan’s Buddhas? A Dispatch from Dresden, Two Lessons Learned
    James Janowski
  • Objects of Trauma, Finding the Balance
    Jane E. Klinger
  • On Time and the Modalities of Conservation
    Frank Matero 
  • The Frankenstein Syndrome
    Salvador Muñoz Viñas
  • Restoration Ethics, Cleaning, and Perception: Case Studies from the Dutch Government Collection
    W. Wei, Z. Benders, and E. Domela Nieuwenhuis
  • Book Review: Conservation Takes a Reflective Turn
    George Wheeler, introduction by Nancie Ravenel
Read the book review by Kevin Driedger on his blog Library Preservation 2.


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