What can US-based professionals learn from the world — and teach the world — on topics like the role of reconstruction in community rebuilding and the role of communities in reconstruction? About changing notions of authenticity and integrity after conflict and disaster, and the difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous /western and eastern understandings of reconstruction? A lot we suspect!
The 2016 ICOMOS Advisory Committee Symposium will be held 20 October 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey on the theme ‘Post-Disaster Reconstruction.’ Abstracts of both papers and posters are due June 3. See below for a link to full instructions. This year’s ICOMOS symposium reinforces the importance of the US/ICOMOS’s themes for the current biennium including Heritage in Times and Conflict and Disaster and Heritage and Climate Change. US/ICOMOS urges US-based professionals working on these topics to share and learn internationally by participating in the October 20 event.
Organized under the auspices of the ICOMOS Scientific Council, this year’s ICOMOS symposium addresses the destruction of cultural heritage through natural disasters and armed conflict. The destruction of places of symbolic value has long been a device of war, with societies and civilizations overturned and their artefacts dissipated and destroyed. We are currently witnessing the the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage through armed conflict in many parts of the world.
Increasingly we are also witnessing the destruction of heritage places through severe natural disasters that are expected to increase as climate change generates extreme weather events. The theme of POST-DISASTER RECONSTRUCTION is extremely relevant as societies impacted by natural disasters, terrorism and war seek to rebuild themselves and request external assistance. This brings with it many challenges and risks, as well as possible opportunities.
A colloquium on reconstruction was held at ICOMOS headquarters in March 2016. Four key themes have emerged based on the results of this colloquium (please note that the report of this colloquium, together with a summary of keynotes and group discussions, is available for download on the ICOMOS website).