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The two-days programme will be divided into 4 sessions, each of them dedicated to a theme considered crucial in the debate concerning conservation and transmission of Cultural Heritage. The different sessions, organised in cooperation with institutions of international significance, will include several presentations which will be selected through this call. The designated young professionals will have the opportunity to present their work and each session will be concluded with a moment of debate in order to encourage the exchanges of skills, ideas and visions.
Session 1- Conservation ethics and practice
The concept of “Cultural Heritage” is always broader and diversified: the theory and the professional ethics of conservation are therefore stimulated by new social and cultural contexts. A deep understanding of the nature of the artwork, of its values and meanings, generates questions regarding the purposes of conservation, the instruments which are available to us and the meaning of the profession. During a conservation treatment, themes such as reversibility and the opportunity of making an intervention recognizable, as well as the choice of how to present the artwork and the relation between “conservation” and “maintenance”, undergo frequent changes. The critical thought guiding the methodology and the technical applications chosen for the treatment are the themes of this session.
Session 2- Diagnostics and technologies applied to conservation
The development of scientific branches in the field of conservation produces evolving diagnostic plans. The need to further investigate the techniques, identify the materials and understand their behaviour is crucial for the protection of cultural heritage. This session aims to promote the adoption of innovative protocols in support of the conservation treatment and for conducting preventive conservation measures.
Session 3- Museum professions
The role of the conservator is based on the development of interdisciplinary skills: how can these be valued in professional practice and how can they contribute to the different fields of action such as management, conservation and dissemination of museum collections? The objective of this session is to identify consensus on the definition and to train professional figures in the field of conservation.
Session 4- History of conservation
The methods adopted in the past centuries to conduct conservative treatments on cultural heritage are the outcome of a specific culture and of different historical, geographical and cultural contexts. This session will collect studies and evidences that, starting from real case-studies, can represent the input for reflection and exchanges on how the conservative history of the artefact can influence the methodologies, which are currently used in different international contexts.