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CALL FOR PAPERS – Authenticity from a European Perspective: 30 Years of the Nara Document on Authenticity

Thessaloniki, Greece, November 28-29, 2024

2024 marks not only the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Venice Charter (1964), with many events marking this, including our Venice at 60 conference in Florence in March, but also the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Nara Document on Authenticity (1994). 

One of the aims of the Nara Document was to broaden the understanding of the concept of authenticity. Our November conference will discuss this broadening of the concept of authenticity in the context of the theory and practice of heritage protection in Europe.

The conference will address three groups of problems (in 3 sessions):

  1. The Concept of Authenticity as an Element of Conservation Theory – Theory
  2. The Analysis of Authenticity in Heritage Protection – Methodology
  3. Authenticity as a Parameter in Conservation Practice – Critical Analysis of Examples – Practice

We hope that the conference will be a forum for exchanging views and shaping opinions for many across the full range of international and national ICOMOS bodies, and beyond.  We invite representatives of all the International Scientific Committees and National Committees of ICOMOS to join us to discuss the current interpretation and use of the notion of Authenticity in heritage protection.

The deadline for proposal submissions is 15 September,  2024. Please download the CALL FOR PAPERS for detailed instructions, including the weblink that must be used for all submissions. Authors of papers will be informed of the reviewers’ decision by 30 September, 2024Download the CALL FOR PAPERS here.

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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.

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