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 – Public Spaces in Historic Cities – Conservation Principles and Good Practices

Title Image – Piazza delle Erbe, Verona

Florence (Italy), 9 – 10 March, 2023

The next TheoPhilos conference will consider the conservation of public spaces in historic cities. Protection of historic cities is a most complex conservation issue. On a practical level, conservation activities must include the individual components of the historic elements of the city. At the theoretical level, however, it is possible to determine the principles and forms of dealing with entire typological or historical groups of monuments. 

The issues of the conference will be divided into three sessions:

  1. Principles for conservation of public spaces in historic cities – technical, ecological, urban, landscape and formal aspects;
  2. Practices: forms and constraints for the conservation of public spaces – squares, streets, courtyards, public gardens, and playgrounds – inclusive of interventions and changes to public spaces such as the introduction of greenery; 
  3. Interdisciplinary processes and guidelines for the responsible conservation of public spaces in historic cities; local, national, and international. 

The deadline for paper abstracts is January 10, 2023 – for detailed instructions, please refer to the downloadable CALL FOR PAPERS. Authors of papers will be informed of the reviewers’ decision by January 30, 2023.

Download the CALL FOR PAPERS here.