The lands and the islands of the Eastern Mediterranean, from the Balkans through Turkey and the Levant to Egypt, have been home to many of the world’s most important and most ancient civilizations. The material evidence of these cultures and traditions is everywhere: in archaeological sites, in museums and in buildings. Today this region presents a vivid and dynamic cultural mosaic as the museums, palaces, sacred places, libraries and archives, cultural centres, sites, monuments and living communities continue to add to the rich and varied landscape. From ancient sites to contemporary sculpture; luxury textiles to elaborate manuscripts; painted masterpieces to civic monuments and grand buildings, the Eastern Mediterranean offers insights unique to its heritage. Come and follow the thread from the depth of antiquity to the vibrant cultures of today.
IIC Congress 2010: Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean
The twenty-third IIC Congress will take place in the spectacular and historic city of Istanbul, the European Cultural Capital for 2010. In conjunction with the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, the many Congress events will focus on the conservation of moveable and immovable heritage in or from the Eastern Mediterranean. This will include material held in collections around the world: the care and conservation of artifacts, of sites, and the preservation of extraordinary architecture, reflecting the influences that have made the region one of the world’s richest centers of heritage. The conference will bring together the international professional community to present and exchange ideas, to debate conservation practices and cutting edge research, to consider exciting new developments and thought provoking challenges, and to make new connections between this region and all corners of the world.
The Congress will take place on 20th to 24th September 2010 and will include four days of papers and a day of excursions in and around Istanbul. It is also hoped to arrange excursions during the weekend after the Congress. The languages of the Congress will be English and Turkish, with simultaneous translation. The preprints will be published in English with abstracts in Turkish,
Call for Papers
We now invite the submission of proposals for a paper at this event. Papers presented at an IIC Congress and published in the preprints undergo a rigorous peer review process. To this end, IIC Council appoints a Technical Committee of international experts who will make selections from the proposals received and will then invite draft papers. The drafts will be reviewed and the content of the programme will be determined. Final contributions will be edited for publication by the Editorial Committee, chaired by David Saunders.
IIC encourages you to submit your proposal for a paper early via the web; go to
Further details may be found at the home page of the IIC web site – just follow the link to Congress.
A call for posters will be made later in 2009.
Please remember that submissions should not have been presented and/or published elsewhere before the date of the Congress.
Deadline for receipt of summaries: 30 April 2009.
You will receive a response from the Technical Committee by the end of June. Draft manuscripts will be required by 30 September 2009 and the Technical Committee will make their selection by the end of November. Final manuscripts will be due on 15 January 2010.
We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul!