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Divided – united! Preservation of monuments and sites in Central Europe at the Time of the Iron Curtain and Today

International conference Divided – united! Preservation of monuments and sites in Central Europe at the Time of the Iron Curtain and Today Venue: HAWK, Hildesheim, Hohnsen 1, Aula Time: 25 to 28 September 2013 International conference ot the HAWK in cooperation with: ICOMOS Deutsches Nationalkomitee and ICOMOS international Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas an der Universität Leipzig (GWZO) Working Group of German and Polish Art Historians and Conservators Registration (deadline: 15 Sept. 2013) Programme (pdf, 2,2 MB) Detailed information about the conference (pdf, 36 KB) Abstracts of the conference papers Practical information The Conference focuses on the latest and often neglected chapter in the history of European conservation: the time after 1945 on both sides of the iron curtain. The conference papers will demonstrate the significance of this period for today’s heritage assets and for our understanding of history. The identity-giving role of monuments for specific groups of the population, religions and countries as well as the ideological misuse of monuments, shall be an area under discussion. The conference is based on a multiannual research project, that more than twenty years after the reunification of Germany has been exploring basic considerations and the practice of conservation and restoration in the former GDR and the pre-1990s Federal Republic of Germany and its impact on conservation and restoration practice in the reunified Germany. In addition to the paper presentations there will be a panel discussion with contemporary witnesses of heritage preservation in the old Federal Republic of Germany and in the former German Democratic Republic. A study tour leads to monuments and memorial sites of the late 19th and 20th century around the Harz Mountains: KZ memorial Mittelbau Dora and Kyffhäuser Monument. The conference is sponsored by the “Niedersächisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur”.
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III Congress on the Initiatives of Eastern Europe

ICOMOS Poland will organzie a side event to the main conference and give the concerned NC a platform to discuss the sub-regional cooperation of Central and Eastern European countries on protection of the most valuable heritage – the national Tentative Lists and management of the World Heritage Sites. III Congress on the Initiatives of Eastern Europe takes place on 1-3 October 2013 in Lublin, Poland. The Eastern Partnership Culture Congress (EPCC), organised in Lublin in 2011, resulted in expressing of real cultural needs of the Eastern Partnership countries. Artists, managers and organisers of cultural events, representatives of ministries, local governments, non-governmental organisations, academic circles and media from the Eastern Partnership countries, the European Union as well as Russia and other European countries (17 countries all together) called for building of common European cultural space which would include the Eastern Partnership countries and respect their diversity in the legal, social and economical areas. The recommendations of the EPCC included a proposal to create professional educational programmes and financial mechanisms for the artists and managers of culture between the Eastern Partnership and the European Union. The most important task of the after-congress work was to build the Eastern Partnership Cultural Cooperation Network. In 2012 Lublin organised the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress (EEIC) – a meeting of the representatives of local governments, central governments, non-governmental organisations, social and education institutions. The objective of the EEIC was to inspire effective and sustainable cross-border cooperation, to strengthen development cooperation, to integrate circles, to stimulate dialogue between the local and regional governments. The recommendations in four programme areas: “good governance”, “civil society”, “culture without borders”, “science and education” were given to all of the most important decision-makers and diplomats who are involved in the topic of the cooperation between the European Union and its eastern neighbours. In the days of 1-6 October 2013during the second Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress we will fuse both of those initiatives, which will make Lublin a centre of dialogue of culture and education circles, local and central governments, creators and decision-makers. The schedule of the II EEIC 2013 will include no less then 7 programme policies including some brand new like “tourism”, “social innovation”, “corporate social responsibility” and „contexts”. That is why within this year’s Congress we offer a special programme – “Culture for the Eastern Partnership”. We recognise culture as a substantially important determinant of social and economic development which creates dialogue above borders and opens new possibilities of activity in transnational dimension and in particular – in European dimension. Congress debates will be accompanied by the “Integration-Mediation” Festival, which will show the diversity of contemporary cultures of the Eastern Partnership’s states. The cultural program of the Congress is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both of the Republic of Poland. During the II EEIC’2013 a second edition of the Contest for the best transnational projects will be concluded. The winner projects in the last year’s contest already are, for many individuals and public institutions, a benchmark in the area of creative and socially innovative activity in Eastern Europe. The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress together with the accompanying events is implemented within the activity of the Centre for Eastern Competences think-tank which was established by the Mayor of the Lublin City, the Marshall of the Lublin Voivodeship and the Head of the UNDP Project Office in Poland. Partners’ mutual support for the implementation of the Congress is an additional guarantee that it will be a successful event of trans-european significance, it will contribute to build lasting relations and it will be an important project implementing the strategy of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Congress will be attended by many specialists involved in protection and management of the heritage. Therefore it is an excellent opportunity for the National ICOMOS Committees to be present and discuss possibilities of the further regional cooperation. During the 37th WHC Session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia once again the need for this kind of the cooperation within the region have been expressed. Representatives of the National ICOMOS Committees underlined the urgent need to have the cooperation coordinated for the purpose of ensuring: – the National Tentative Lists of region, – training in preparation of the new nomination dossiers – management of the World Heritage properties To reach this tasks the decision was taken to organize series of seminars on the regular basis.
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ICOMOS ISC. Polar Heritage (IPHC): Conference “The Future of Polar Heritage”

Registration for the ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee Conference 2014: the Future of Polar Heritage in association with the Polar Archaeology Network is now open to members and the public. The Conference, meetings and excursion are being held 25 – 28 May 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hosted by the National Museum of Denmark in association with the Greenland National Museum, the Conference is sponsored by the Danish Agency for Culture. The Conference will bring together interested parties to discuss the future of polar heritage. The theme is environmental challenges in the face of climate change – how we detect and respond to those changes. Please visit the official Conference webpage at The National Museum of Denmark. It details the programme of events and speakers, the official dinner, conference excursion, accommodation options and allows you to register. Please visit it and register online soon as numbers for the conference dinner and excursions are limited.All questions that are not related to presentations at the Conference, such as registration, payment, accommodation, excursion etc should be directed to This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join:
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ICOMOS ISC. Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM): Joint Meeting with the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Conference “World Heritage and Best Practices in Archaeological Heritage Management in Southeast Asia”

ICAHM (Archaeological Heritage Management): Joint Meeting with the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Conference “World Heritage and Best Practices in Archaeological Heritage Management in Southeast Asia” This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join:
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ICOMOS ISC. Economics of Conservation (ISCEC): Committee meeting and Conference on “Integrated Conservation and the three dimensions of Sustainable Development”

1. Committee meeting: Three important issues will be discussed: HUL, Vision and Mission of ISCEC and China opportunities. 2. Lectures: Committee members as well as Ph D students in Conservation from the Uppsala University on Research needs: Integrated Conservation and the three dimensions of Sustainable Development 3. Study visit: Visby WHS and Faro (Ingemar Bergman’s home). This event has a Google Hangouts video call. Join:
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