Welcome to TheoPhilos

TheoPhilos focuses on the theoretical foundations and the overarching frameworks of conservation, restoration and preservation practice in our globalizing world. As these foundations and frameworks shift in response to contemporary challenges and developments, TheoPhilos aims to establish and strengthen the integrated theoretical basis for all those involved with cultural heritage, drawing together the contributions of multiple disciplines.

TheoPhilos Mission Statement

Welcome to the International Committee on Theory and Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration (TheoPhilos)! Since it was founded in 2005, TheoPhilos has provided a forum for developing the relation of conservation theory to practice in dialogue with all parts of the conservation community. Please see below for details of forthcoming events, and our Membership page for a list of current members, and for details of how to join.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval and Modern Castles – Limits and Forms of Protection in the 21st Century

Malbork, Poland – 28–29 September 2022

Theophilos is pleased to announce this conference, co-organised with Malbork Castle Museum and the Polish National Committee of ICOMOS.

The Malbork castle complex was inscribed on the on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. Under conservation care for over 200 years, it is described as ‘’a monument of conservation as such” in its declaration of exceptional universal value. This conference will provide an opportunity to share experience of the development and maintenance of historic castle complexes, and attempt to define the theoretical limits of interventions related to the contemporary use of these historical buildings. 

The conference will be divided into three sessions:

  • Construction and conservation activities: the history and examples of conservation, restoration and construction works undertaken in medieval and modern castles.
  • Modernization activities: Technical and functional needs for modernization works, including examples.
  • Activities of a functional nature: Possibilities of adaptation of castle complexes to modern functions. 

The deadline for paper abstracts, which should not exceed two pages of text, is May 30, 2022; abstracts should be sent to sekretariat[at]zamek.malbork.pl. Authors of papers will be informed of the reviewers’ decision by June 30, 2022.

Download the CALL FOR PAPERS here.

Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco – 2022 Initiatives

TheoPhilos is pleased to publicise the following two initiatives – aimed at heritage students and their tutors – of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco:

Photo-interactive exhibition Florence in the World comprising 16 triptychs, each with NFC tags for augmented information. This is the Foundation’s Life Beyond Tourism interpretation of the typical cultural expressions of Florence and its surroundings. So far, 19 universities in 11 countries have hosted it. 

International Festival of the World’s Cultural Expressions The World in Florence: International poster exhibition and online presentations by young people from universities and institutes of heritage protection and enhancement. The Festival will showcase typical local cultural and artistic expressions of the heritage sites across the world through the interpretation, presentation and communication of young people. The aim is to raise cultural awareness and empower participants to follow more sustainable and ethical forms of development. Awards and the publication of a catalogue are envisaged. Click here to view the 2021 edition of the Festival.

FORTHCOMING – 50 Years of the Unesco World Heritage Convention: Achievements and Challenges in Europe

Kraków, 8–10 June 2022

This International conference is co-organised with the Polish ICOMOS Committee & the International Cultural Centre in Kraków.

Call for Papers: now closed.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should include a brief biographical note with your title and institutional affiliation and a maximum 150-word abstract in English. They should be submitted by e-mail to unesco50@mck.krakow.pl by January 31, 2022.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 31, 2022.

The conference will be held in English and followed by a peer-reviewed publication. All articles up to 4000—6000 words long, following the assigned style guide and submitted by the deadline (to be announced), will be considered for publication.

Download conference details.