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The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development conference | 16-17 May 2014

The Institute of Archaeology Annual Conference 2014, titled 'The impact of cross-disciplinary conservation on social development' has selected a slate of presenters.  The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, 16 & 17 May 2014, at the UCL Institute of Archaeology in Lecture Theatre G6 from 8:30 to 18:00.  Conference posters will be on display all day Friday in the UCL Wilkins Building North Cloisters. A Friday evening reception will be held in this space giving people time to view and discuss the presentations. 

Conservation decision-making processes are influenced by local, national and international socio-economic factors and their associated contexts. Conversely, conservation can also significantly affect socio-economic development and lead to improvements in people’s lives. Understanding layers of history, values, how they are shaped, their contexts, motivations, and their impact form the fundamental basis for effective decision-making processes in conservation today.

The conference will explore the impact of conservation ethics and practices on socio-cultural, economic and ecological contexts in need of development, areas of post-conflict recovery and reconstruction due to natural disasters.  The main purpose of the conference is to stimulate lasting discussion (within heritage conservation, the broader field of heritage, and nature conservation) on how the practice of conservation can promote human wellbeing and economic prosperity, support conflict or disaster recovery, and foster social cohesion.

Confirmed speakers

  • Naseer Arafat (Arafat Soap Factory, Palestine)
  • Jody Butterworth (British Library, UK)
  • Miriam Clavir (Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Anne-Marie Deisser (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Dinah Eastop (National Archives, UK)
  • Pieta Greaves Simon Cane, David Symons, Cathy Shingler and Elizabeth Thatcher (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, UK)
  • Adam Guy (University College London, UK)
  • Dana Goodburn-Brown (CSI: Sittingbourne Project, UK)
  • Jessica S. Johnson, Brian M. Lione, and Kim Cullen Cobb (Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage, Iraq)
  • Sophia Labadi (University of Kent, UK)
  • Catherine Magee (University of Nevada, USA)
  • Renata Peters (University College London, UK)
  • Flavia Ravaioli (University College London)
  • Anna Teresa Ronchi (Politecnico de Milano, Italy)
  • Manasa Sibanda (Great Zimbabwe University, Zimbabwe)
  • Dean Sully (University College London, UK)
  • Ephraim W. Wahome and Mugwima B. Njuguna (University of Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Craig Spence (Bishop Grosseteste University, UK)
  • Gilbert K. Wafula (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

Conference calls

Conference timetable

UCL Grand Challenges

This event is being organised by the Institute's Conservation and Development Research Network, in collaboration with the Heritage Conservation and Human Rights Network (University of Nairobi) and the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage (University of Delaware). 

The two-day conference, on 16-17 May 2014, has been awarded the Institute's Conference Competition award as well as being a winner of a 2013 UCL Grand Challenges Small Grant (Intercultural Interaction)



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