Call for Papers

18th June 2016

Catastrophe and Challenge: Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Recovery

Fourth HCSM Conference
Cottbus, 5–7 December 2016

Call for Papers

June2004-7The destructive effects of war, and particularly the deliberate targeting of cultural sites, constitute an exceptional challenge for Heritage Conservation. The general principles of retaining cultural significance by continuous care and by minimal intervention may seem of little use when one is faced with catastrophic and wide-spread damage to culturally significant places – be they individual monuments, urban structures or archaeological sites.

Post-conflict recovery encompasses a wide range of topics, many of which have not yet been studied in depth. The Conference attempts to take a first step towards sketching the scope and the depth of the problems of Heritage in War as well as providing insights into approaches to cope with these problems.

The organisers therefore invite contributions addressing very diverse topics of the wide field of Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Recovery, particularly relating to urban environments. These topics include:
• Principles, Ideals, Ethics of Post-Conflict Recovery and Urban Reconstruction
• Issues of Cultural Significance and Authenticity in War-Damaged Urban Structures
• World Heritage Sites and War – Criteria for Recovery
• Deliberate Targeting of Cultural Assets/Historic Towns – How to React?
• Experiences: Cases of Post-Conflict Recovery of the Past 100 Years
• Methods, Tools: Documentation, Visualisation, 3D–Modelling
• Training and Capacity Building in Techniques for Post-Conflict Reconstruction
• Participation, Stakeholders, Processes in Post-Conflict Recovery
• Prevention and Disaster Preparedness
• First Aid for Ruins, Structural Safeguarding War-Damaged Structures
• Reconstruction and the Role of New Design in the Recovery of War-Damaged Historic Urban Landscapes
• Conflict Archaeology: Understanding the Catastrophic Event
• Conflict as Heritage: Memorialisation, Interpretation, Communication
• Cultural Differences in Approach and Attitude to Post-Conflict Recovery and Urban Reconstruction: Comparative Studies

Proposal for talks (15 minutes) are invited – please provide an abstract of 500 words.
The deadline is 31st August 2016.

Please send your abstract to: