Call for Papers - "Working Towards a Sustainable Past"


ICOM-CC 20th Triennial Conference València, Spain

18-22 September 2023

Sustainability can be understood in many ways. We often think of it in ecological and economic terms, which are indeed relevant to our field and are already altering our practices. However, we must also consider sustainability from other vantage points, such as cultural sustainability, institutional sustainability, and even professional sustainability. In 2000, a satirical US journal warned that 'We may be running out of past'. Two decades later, well into the digital age, the warning may be viewed more seriously. Is the past - and its material symbols - at risk of becoming an unsustainable commodity? If the past, and its manifestations and associated values, becomes less relevant to today's society, what are the implications for those entrusted with caring for cultural heritage? And what are the consequences, if future generations are unaware of our shared past and unable to draw inspiration from it?

The ICOM-CC Triennial Conference presents an overview of the current state of conservation research and practice. Papers addressing the conference theme and/or the aims and programs of the ICOM-CC Working Groups are encouraged. For information about the Working Groups, please consult the ICOM-CC website.

  • Mid-March 2022: Website available for submission of abstracts
  • 8 April 2022*: Deadline for receipt of abstracts
  • Mid-August 2022: Selected authors are invited to write a full paper. Call for Posters is issued
  • 18 November 2022*: Deadline for receipt of full papers