CFP–Icon Conference 2013: Positive Futures in an Uncertain World

ICON Ethnography Group in partnership with the University of Glasgow is hosting a half day session at the ICON Conference 2013, Glasgow, focusing on the shared materials between Ethnography and Natural History collections.  From plant to animal materials, Ethnographic and Natural History conservators frequently treat objects containing these shared materials.  How is the approach to treating these objects different or similar?  Can Ethnographic and Natural History conservators share techniques, and do they? We would like to use the similarity of materials as a starting point in order to explore approaches to the ethics, treatments and research relating to both Ethnographic and Natural History collections.  Moreover, can we increase our skills by actively collaborating over projects and research? Topics may include, but are not limited to – how pesticide-treated objects are managed within collections; pest damaged fur and feather objects and the options for reattachment; fading of organic pigments or mitigating damage from previous conservation treatments…
Deadlines for papers
Please send abstracts – max 300 words – by 10th September 2012 to
Paper presentations are expected to last for approximately 20 minutes.
Please include the names, addresses and email addresses of all authors and indicate the author for correspondence.
Papers will be selected by 10th October 2012.
Bookings open 1st September 2012.
Deadline for submission of papers to special conference issue of the Journal is 28th February 2013.
Conference papers will not be published but authors are invited to submit their papers for consideration for publication in the Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of the Institute of Conservation.Further information will be available on our website.