Metal 2022

Call for Papers Externe Veranstaltung
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Call for Papers
Metal 2022
September 5-9, 2022 Helsinki, Finland

The ICOM-CC Metals Working Group, The National Museum of Finland and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland, are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 10th Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group.

The conference will be held at Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located at the entrance to Helsinki’s harbour. This will be the first time that the Metals Working Group Interim Meeting takes place in the Nordic Countries.

We are also excited to announce that for the very first time ever the conference will be offered in a hybrid format with in-person AND virtual programming. This is a new format for the Working Group as we try to expand inclusion and outreach. Although we are very hopeful that we can meet in person in 2022, the conference may transition to a 100% virtual event depending on the COVID-19 situation. If the hybrid format goes ahead as planned, presenters will be expected to deliver their paper in-person in Helsinki.

Selected papers will be published as digital Preprints and provided to attendees at the meeting (whether in-person or virtual) and will also be available after the meeting as print on demand at Please note that for the publication, all authors will be asked to transfer copyright
of the contribution to ICOM-CC.

We invite papers on the following themes:

Sustainability in practice in the metals conservation community

• Alternative and less hazardous treatments.
• Innovative chemical recycling.
• Developing affordable and eco-friendly techniques and products to conserve individual artifacts or collections (mass treatment).
• Environmental responsibilities on large-scale treatment projects.

Conservation treatments, materials and analysis
• Innovative treatment techniques.
• Review and improve existing techniques and methodologies.
• Non-invasive analytical techniques.
• Data science, computational techniques and visualization.

Preventive conservation
• Re-assessing and improving preventive conservation measures for metal and composite artifacts and collections.

Elevating the voice of the conservator
• Growing discourse surrounding social justice and objects with contentious narratives; vandalism.
• The preservation and presentation of contentious objects (e.g. illegally excavated or linked to traumatic heritage, war, colonialism, nationalism).
• Teaching metals conservation – adapting the curriculum to evolving social and economic/technical/industrial/data scientific (or computational) realities.
• Giving a voice to emerging conservation professionals and their vision for the future of the field.

All aspects of the conservation, study and research of metallic cultural heritage are welcome and papers may explore other topics.

Metal 2022 will also feature a dedicated Young Conservation Professionals session. Students and recent graduates (no more than 3 years from the end of their studies) are invited to submit abstracts for this session. If selected, their contribution will be published in the proceedings as short papers.

Submission Information
Please submit abstracts of 600 words or less for consideration. The work must be original and not previously published. Include title, corresponding author's name, professional title, affiliation, email address and a biography of no more than 300 words. In the case of multiple authors
please list all authors, professional titles and affiliations.

For submissions to the Young Conservation Professionals session, please indicate that you are submitting a paper to this session by including the letters YCP before the title of your abstract. For example, “YCP Conservation of painted cast iron sculptures.”

Deadline for submissions: April 15, 2021

The Paper-flow online submissions portal will be live and
ready to accept your abstract from March 15, 2021.

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Call for Posters: Coming in June 2021!

Paul Mardikian - Coordinator, ICOM-CC Metals Working Group
Liisa Näsänen - Conference Chair, The National Museum of Finland
Eero Ehanti and Heikki Häyhä - Steering Committee, The National Museum of Finland and
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Sonntag, 05. September 2021 bis Donnerstag, 09. September 2021

Contemporary Art Conservation Revisited: 20 Years Later - Call for Papers & Save the Date Kopie

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Our training program's 20th anniversary provides us with a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect on the evolving roles and practices in contemporary art conservation. We would like to invite you to partake in this process and hope for your manifold contributions to create an engaging event for our community. Please find below a call for papers and an invitation for a symposium organized by the Bern University of the Arts.

Contemporary Art Conservation Revisited: 20 Years Later

In 2001, the first students graduated in a new specialty at the Bern University of the Arts’ conservation training program: Conservation of Modern Materials and Media. As a precursor in the field, the specialty’s launch was a response to changing contemporary artists' practices and a commitment to the preservation of artworks outside traditional disciplines, embodying unconventional technologies and materials. The necessity of a different approach to care for and treat these works of art is reflected in its curriculum, incorporating methodologies and techniques from social sciences, revisiting the importance of documentation, and establishing the significance of artistic concepts within a decision-making process.

Looking back at the last 20 years, we see shifts in the field of contemporary art conservation, which compel us to (re)define its role, questioning existing structures and modes of operating: What is a conservator of contemporary art today? What is their skillset, and has it changed over the years? What are the types of roles contemporary art conservators fulfill? How inclusive is this discipline and who has access to it? Did the discipline’s approach or areas of research shift during the years? Which new research topics have emerged? How can an institution benefit from conservators being part of the team and facilitating processes of acquisition, artist engagement, and research? And what, if we look more closely, hinders these developments in our institutions?

This two-day symposium aims to examine and debate these questions, hoping to inspire dialog between stakeholders.

We're looking for a variety of perspectives and positions to reflect on this topic and invite abstracts from conservators, collection managers, curators, educators, registrars and artists. These may include considerations on roles and values, new tools and skills needed, case studies that have brought upon changes in approach, as well as positions examining new areas of research or shifts in education programs, emphasizing different aspects of training.

The symposium will be held virtually on Nov 25 & 26, 2021. Please mark your calendars and submit your abstracts (500 words) as well as a short biography by July 11, 2021 to mmm[at]

The organizing committee: Dörte Doering, Martina Haidvogl, Martina Pfenninger Lepage

Donnerstag, 25. November 2021 bis Freitag, 26. November 2021 14:00 - 17:00