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Protecting archaeological heritage in times of economic crisis

May 9, 2012

Protecting archaeological heritage in times of economic crisis

Posted at 1:51 pm in Events, Greece Archaeology

ICOMOS and ICAHM are organising a conference in Athens, looking at way that archaeological heritage can be protected during the current economic crisis. The discussion is not restricted to Greece however, and I imagine will be of interest to many other countries, whose museums and culture departments face massive spending cuts as governments try to balance their budgets.

From:
ICOMOS

ICOMOS Hellenic and ICAHM REGIONAL CONFERENCE: From past experience to new approaches and synergies: the Future of Protection Heritage Management for Archaeological Heritage in Times of Economic Crisis
23.05.2012 – 25.05.2012
Athens, Greece

A regional conference on the future and new challenges facing the Protection and Management of Archaeological Heritage.

The scope of this conference is to present and use past experience with a view to contribute as a think tank to new ways of managing the protection and preservation of our archaeological heritage in times of economic crisis. The challenges are now greater than ever, as the cultural society needs to regroup its forces, reinforce its role, create new synergies and undertake fresh initiatives in order to maintain standards and offer sustainable solutions. The conference will function as a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas by all professionals involved in protection management in these difficult times.

As there are many sectors of occupation which play an important role in protection management and which face serious challenges and threats in the present days but also in view of the future, we have identified 15 topics for distinctive panel discussions during the conference sessions.

We believe that bringing together and publishing expert opinion and experience in various fields, in regards to preoccupations and possible solutions concerning the future in Protection Heritage Management, in times of economic crisis, will accumulate food for thought and reference on the one side and on the other shall stimulate closer and better collaboration possibilities. The fortieth anniversary of the World Heritage Convention is a momentum that should trigger new inspiration and instigate creativity for a stronger and broader framework of protection for our cultural heritage.

Furthermore, as Greece belongs to the ICAHM South- East Mediterranean Region, a special session will be dedicated to this area and the grave difficulties it faces.

The Organising Committee is calling for abstacts to be submitted by February 29.

For more information regarding organisational details (program, papers, invitation letter, etc.) please contact us at:
ekorka@culture.gr, t. +030 32 10 143
sspiropoulou@culture.gr, t. +030 210 32 26 203

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