E-Mail News No. 324
1) ICOMOS 16th General Assembly, Canada - Coordinating
Australian Delegates and 'Quebec Queries'
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Friday 29 February 2008
2) News from ICOMOS International Secretariat -16th
ICOMOS GA, Quebec
3) Presentation Reminder - Managing heritage in the wake of war and
conflict in Cyprus
4) VIIIth Conference on Military Monuments - call for papers and
5) Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Media Release - Heritage Honour for Stone Hatchet Quarry
6) Conference announcement: 'Managing the Future of Historic
1) ICOMOS 16th General
Assembly, Canada - Coordinating Australian Delegates and 'Quebec
The Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee has asked Timothy
Hubbard to coordinate the delegates from Australia who will be attending
the 16th General Assembly in Quebec. This is important for
several reasons and was a great success at the last GA in Xi'an. It is
important for the formal voting for key positions at the highest levels
which must take place at the GA, the appointment (if necessary) of
delegates to administrative positions during the GA, and for arranging
social functions. It will also help with the distribution of last minute
information about travel and accommodation. We plan to have another
'Australian Dinner' during the GA. Please contact Timothy Hubbard,
preferably by email on
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (03) 5568 2623 during
office hours. It would help if you can indicate if you have submitted an
abstract and are already a member of an International Scientific
Committee or plan to attend a meeting as an observer at one of the ISCs.
We are also interested to know the names of anyone travelling with
members. Timothy will also try to answer detailed questions about the
Members should watch the GA website at
for the latest news. Registration, which costs CDN$450 for those members
over 30 years and CDN$300 for those 30 years and younger, is not yet
open. If you intend to take advantage of the GA discount rates for
hotels, you must book through the ICOMOS GA web site when you register.
The limited places are likely to fill quickly once registration opens. If
you are on the delegates email list you will be notified ASAP that
registration has opened.
2) News from ICOMOS International
Secretariat - 16th ICOMOS GA, Quebec
ICOMOS International Secretariat
no 32, 26 February 2008
Special Issue: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly, Quebec 2008
A word from the ICOMOS Canada President
It is with great pleasure that we hope to welcome you in Quebec City for
the 16th General Assembly of the International Council on
Monuments and Sites that will take place from 29 September to 4 October
2008. The preparations for this important event are moving along very
well and I wish to share with you the latest details through this
E-Newsletter. Do not hesitate to share a copy with your members and other
professionals and organizations in your region that have an interest in
I invite you to consult regularly the special web site that we have
created for the event at:
. This is where you will find the most recent information
concerning the program, the call for papers, registration fees,
accommodation, post-conference study tours and especially, the Forum for
young researchers and professionals that we are organizing just
before the General Assembly.
I would like to remind you that Quebec City, a World Heritage Site,
celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. It is in the
context of this anniversary's celebrations that we invite you to join us
and your colleagues from all over the world to participate to the ICOMOS
General Assembly and the international Scientific Symposium.
QUEBEC ICOMOS 2008 - Preliminary Programme
Friday Sept. 26
Meeting of the ICOMOS Scientific Council
Saturday Sept. 27
Forum of young researchers and professionals
Meeting of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee
Sunday Sept. 28
Forum of young researchers and professionals (continued)
Meeting of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee (continued)
Arrival of General Assembly participants
- Registration at the Congress Center
- Guided tours of Historic District
Monday Sept. 29
Meeting of the International Scientific Committees
Tuesday Sept. 30
Opening Ceremony (Palais Montcalm)
Opening of the General Assembly
Opening of Scientific Symposium (Keynote Speakers)
Official Opening Reception
Wednesday Oct. 1
Evening Thematic Workshops
- World Heritage
- Archaeological Network
- Historic Urban Landscapes
- Heritage and Climate Change
- Heritage and International Cooperation
Thursday Oct. 2
Evening: Dinner and Cruise on the St. Lawrence River
Friday Oct. 3
Evening Banquet "Hunting Season Ceremonial"
Saturday Oct. 4
General Assembly and Elections
Closing of the General Assembly
Meeting of the new Executive Committee
Sunday Oct. 5
Departure for Post-conference Tours
Departure of Participants
Finding the spirit of place
This is the main theme of the Scientific Symposium
Wherein lies the spirit of place? In order to answer this question, we
suggest examining the relationship between spirit and place, between the
tangible and the intangible.
It is often assumed that the spirit of place emanates from one or the
other, as stemming from either the physical object or from the specific
uses it serves. Some believe that it is the product of the genius of its
creator, who leaves a permanent mark on the place - the creator being an
individual, a group, a community, an ancestor or even a supernatural
being - while others think instead that it originates from the place
itself, which instils meaning in both its creator and its users. However,
these approaches tend to present spirit of place as an essence, as
something singular, permanent and static.
Rather than dissociating "spirit" from "place", the tangible from the
intangible, and considering them as being opposed to one another, we
invite participants to explore the many ways in which the two interact
and mutually complement one another. Spirit, as the intangible genius of
the creator, leaves a permanent impression on place and gives it meaning
whereas the place itself, that is to say the tangible, nourishes the
spirit of its creator and helps define the creation. We wish to broaden
the discussion to include not only the creator but also the actual users
of place, and define place as being a combination of both tangible
elements (the features of the site, the buildings, the material objects,
etc.) and intangible elements (oral traditions, beliefs, rituals,
festivals, etc.). When considered as a relational concept, the spirit of
place takes on a plural and dynamic character, capable of possessing
multiple meanings, of changing over time and of belonging to different
This dynamic perception of the spirit of place is also better adapted to
today's world, to the present-day global village, which is characterized
by major transnational population movements, increased intercultural
contacts and the emergence of pluralistic societies.
The Scientific Symposium will be structured around four sub-themes or
topics of discussion.
1. Re-thinking the Spirit of Place
2. The Threats to the Spirit of Place
3. Safeguarding the Spirit of Place
4. Transmitting the Spirit of Place
Finding the spirit of place in World Heritage sites:
Aboriginal approaches in perspective
A special workshop that will be held on 1 October 2008
For thousands of years, indigenous groups on five continents have
frequented recognized places to carry out rituals or undertake
communication with the powers, entities, or spirits who reside at or pass
through these places. Many of these places are integral parts of
cultural landscapes with tangible or intangible evidence that are a tacit
witness to past actions by their ancestors, or are a manifestation of the
supernatural powers embedded there. For visitors to these
landscapes, they emanate a particular atmosphere or ambiance that can in
part reveal the substance, the intrinsic nature, which allows one to
speak of the "Spirit of Place".
Today, many of these sites of international importance have been
commemorated as World Heritage sites, and it is the responsibility of the
authorities in charge of their management to bring forward elements that
speak to this rich ancestral or spiritual dimension, to present the
spirit of place. This approach, however, is not always easy and
obliges those responsible to assess the different values that are in
play, whether they be social, religious, political, scientific, historic
or otherwise, so as to bring out the spirit of place without diminishing
it, to match the expectations and interests of the indigenous groups who
are connected by history, tradition or covenant, and to permit access to
the general public according to codes (protocols) which yet remain to be
A dialogue between the groups concerned is needed to find ways to achieve
this many-faceted goal. With this in mind, the organizers of this
workshop invite members of indigenous groups from around the world to
join with First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Canada to participate in
reflection and discussion on this theme as it relates to World Heritage
sites, along with members of ICOMOS and Parks Canada.
As part of the Scientific symposium held on the occasion of the General
Assembly, which will take place in Quebec City in late September and
early October 2008, this workshop aims to provide a platform for
representatives of the diverse indigenous peoples of the world who will
come to present the idea of the spirit of place at World Heritage sites
from the point of view of their cultures and traditions. The hope is that
at the session's conclusion, there will be substantial documentation
available to produce a publication that can present new philosophies and
approaches to improve the integration of aboriginal spirit of place in
the management and interpretation of World Heritage sites.
International Forum of Young Researchers and
Professionals in Cultural Heritage
27 - 28 September 2008
"Finding the Spirit of place" This is the question that we will seek to
answer during the International Forum of Young Researchers and
Professionals in Cultural Heritage taking place at the Ecole des
Ursulines de Quebec (Canada) on 27-28 September 2008, just prior to the
16th ICOMOS General Assembly (29 September to 4 October).
The Forum is aimed at young researchers and professionals from all fields
of study (architecture, urban planning, geography, ethnology,
archaeology, history, arts and literature, etc.) who graduated less than
five years ago and who, thanks to their research and work, share a common
interest in heritage. Participants are invited to examine the concept of
spirit of place in relation to the construction of memory, and the
protection and transmission of heritage.
The Forum will provide the opportunity to assess the draft Declaration on
the Spirit of Place that will be tabled for adoption at the ICOMOS
General Assembly. Discussions at this forum could have an impact on the
content of the Declaration. Young people are thus invited to share their
experience and express their views and concerns about the spirit of
place, with the goal of providing a new perspective on this subject,
which plays a fundamental role in the protection and transmission of
The main objective of the Forum is to determine the attitudes that
need to be adopted and the approaches and methods that could be developed
to ensure that the spirit of place is integrated in the process that
leads to the recognition of the historic value of certain objects and
practices and of the imperative need to ensure they are protected.
Spirit of place remains central in the presentation and valorisation
of tangible and intangible heritage. But how can it be identified and
brought to the fore? This issue will be at the heart of the discussions
conducted throughout the two-day forum, which will be structured around
the following sub-themes:
The role of memory:
focal point of the first workshop will be the acknowledgement of the role
played by memory in defining the spirit of place.
The fragility of spirit of place:
second workshop will analyse the various causes of deterioration to
heritage sites that pose a threat to its spirit.
Safeguarding and transmitting the spirit of place:
The third workshop will enable participants to examine the stakes
underlying the strategies used for protecting and valorising heritage
sites so as to determine which avenues are most likely to bring to light
their inherent spirit.
Four speakers will be invited to present the theme under discussion at
the beginning of each workshop; these introductions will be followed by
round table discussions. Participants can submit their papers in the form
of posters (poster session) and are also invited to take part in a
friendly design competition that will be held during the Forum. The
working languages of the Forum are English and French and simultaneous
interpretation in these two languages will be provided for oral
presentations and the round table reports. Assistance may also be offered
to participants who speak another language, notably Spanish.
Call for papers
The organizing committee has announced a call for papers, the details
of which are now available on the Forum Web site at
http://quebec2008.icomos.org. The Institute for Cultural Heritage at
Universite Laval in Quebec City will publish a selection of the best
Participants must register using the on-line registration form that
will soon be available on the Forum Web site. The registration fee for
the Forum is $100 CDN. It is strongly recommended that you also register
for the ICOMOS General Assembly and International Scientific Symposium,
which will provide the backdrop for the Forum, as the Forum organisers
are offering participants who wish to attend both events an exceptionally
low price. The registration fee for the two events combined is $200 CDN.
For youth who do not wish to participate in the Forum, the registration
fee for the General Assembly only is $300 CDN.
For information regarding the Forum, please write to
email@example.com, indicating "ICOMOS Forum" in the subject
header. You can also obtain information by calling 001.418.522.8182 or,
for US and Canadian residents, our toll-free 1.800.618.8182.
Elections of Bureau and Executive Committee members
The election of the ICOMOS Bureau and Executive Committee members will
take place on Saturday October 4. At that time, the General Assembly will
elect a President, a Secretary General, a Treasurer, five Vice-Presidents
and twelve Executive Committee members.
Call for candidatures
In accordance with the ICOMOS statutes (article 12 c) National
Committees can propose candidates for election to the Executive
Committee. The list of those candidates must be sent no less than 120
days before the date of the General Assembly to all members of ICOMOS -
that is to say by 2 June 2008. All National Committees have been invited
to send proposals for candidatures to the ICOMOS International
Secretariat by 31 March 2008. The list of those candidates, together with
their e lectoral platforms, will be published in the ICOMOS News and will
be available on the web site.
In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly, the
members of ICOMOS can still propose further candidates until no later
than 17:00 (local time) on the first day of the General Assembly - 30
September 2008 (Article 54.1 RoP). The final list of candidates is then
publicly posted 24 hours before the ballot (3 October) at the General
Assembly venue (Art 54.2 RoP) following verification of the candidatures
by the Candidatures Committee.
For information on what elements the candidature files must include,
please contact the ICOMOS International Secretariat.
Voting procedure and rights
The Quebec ICOMOS 2008 Organizing committee is studying various voting
systems that will ensure that the elections are carried out in an
efficient way and that the results are verifiable. Please contact the
President of your National Committee for additional information.
Below are some procedural matters National Committees must respect so
that their representatives can cast their votes at the election.
In accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the ICOMOS General Assembly:
Article 23.3.b (see also articles 27.2 and 45.4) - "Chairmen of
National Committees must have submitted to the ICOMOS International
Secretariat and not less than one month before the General Assembly a
list of their voting members, signed by the National Committee
Article 15.2 "Any voting member may give his proxy to another
voting member of his National Committee who must hand the Secretariat a
singed and dated proxy form before the time fixed on the programme of the
General Assembly for the meeting of the Credentials Committee. No member
shall be entitled to have more than five votes in addition to his own."
Article 45.2 "The number of votes is limited to 18 for each
National Committee." (This includes proxies).
Article 23.3.a (ref. also to article 27.2b and 45.2) National
Committees must be up to date in their membership fees (and arrears) so
as to have the right to vote during the General Assembly.
If you have any questions - please contact the ICOMOS International
Gazzola Prize and Honorary Membership
The Piero Gazzola Prize was established in 1979 in memory of one of the
greatest defenders of the conservation and restoration of historic
monuments and sites, and a founder of ICOMOS and its first President.
The prize is awarded every three years at the General Assembly of ICOMOS
to an individual or a group of people who have worked together and
contributed with distinction to the aims and objectives of ICOMOS.
The beneficiary must be a member of ICOMOS and is chosen by the Selection
Committee itself elected by the Executive Committee of ICOMOS. For the
16th General Assembly, the Selection Committee will be
appointed by the Executive Committee during its meeting on 8 and 9 March
The Prize is a commemorative medal and diploma, and has been previously
Jean Trouvelot (1981)
Stanislas Lorentz (1984)
Masaru Sekino (1987)
Gertrude Tripp (1990)
Bernard Feilden (1993)
Ernest Allen Connally (1996)
Roland Silva (1999)
Cevat Erder (2003)
Ann Webster Smith (2005)
In accordance with Article 6.A. of the ICOMOS Statutes, Honorary
Membership is also conferred by the General Assembly, at the proposal of
a National Committee, upon individuals who have rendered distinguished
service in the field of conservation, restoration and enhancement of
historical monuments, sites, and groups of buildings. The selection is
effectuated by the same Selection Committee as for the Gazzola
See the ICOMOS web site for a list of the Honorary members of ICOMOS.
All ICOMOS National Committees have been invited to nominate candidates
for the Gazzola Prize and Honorary Membership of ICOMOS by sending their
written nomination, by 31 March 2008 at the latest in either
English, French or Spanish to the ICOMOS International Secretariat, and
including a short but detailed explanation setting forth reasons that the
General Assembly should consider for awarding the Prize or Honorary
Membership to the candidate, as well as the candidate's curriculum
Financial support to attend the 16th General
The ICOMOS International Secretariat has again obtained a generous
grant from the Getty Foundation so that it can support attendance of
delegates from countries facing serious financial difficulties at the
16th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. This grant
will be managed jointly with the funds available in the Victoria
The criteria and conditions for receiving individual support have been
sent to all the eligible National Committees. These grants are not
reserved for National Committee Presidents but open to all the members
from the eligible countries depending on whether they fulfil the
conditions required. However, due to the limited funding available we
are usually only able to support one member per Committee at most and so
we advise Committees to put forward only a limited number of candidates
following consultation among their members.
To obtain the application dossier or for more information contact your
National Committee or the ICOMOS International Secretariat (Volker
Applications for financial support must reach the International
Secretariat by 25 March 2008.
Post-conference study tours
The West, the Centre, the Maritimes and Charlevoix
The post-conference tours are not yet finalized but we are getting
close. The main objectives of our strategy are:
- To provide a limited number
of high-quality study tours focusing on relevant conservation themes that
will appeal to heritage professionals from different regions of the world
as well as from within Canada. We are seeking an appropriate balance of
conservation-based presentations and discussions, fun social and cultural
activities, and travel and "down" time.
- To provide a forum for
discussion about relevant conservation achievements and challenges
related to Canada's World Heritage sites, sites on the World Heritage
tentative list, National Historic sites, provincial sites, national and
provincial parks, and cities.
Please keep in mind that Canada is the second largest country in the
world and spreads over five and a half time zones. Travelers will
therefore need to make choices.
We are working on the following post-conference tours:
The West - A five or six day study tour that will take you to southern
Alberta where you will discover some outstanding World Heritage Sites,
the spirit of place, natural heritage, cultural landscapes, aboriginal
heritage, and modern heritage.
The Maritimes - A five or six day study tour that will take
you to Nova Scotia where you will discover the spirit of place, natural
heritage, cultural landscapes, historic urban landscapes, aboriginal
heritage, Acadian heritage, Gaelic heritage, French heritage, and
The Centre - A five day study tour that will take you to Montreal
and Ottawa where you will discover the spirit of place, cultural and
urban landscapes, historic and contemporary architecture, the Rideau
Canal World Heritage Site, and Canada's capital.
Charlevoix - A one or two day tour that will take you along the
Saint Lawrence River to the Charlevoix region near Quebec City where you
will discover the fiery colors of Canada's fall as well as typical
historic villages, art and traditions.
3) Presentation Reminder - Managing
heritage in the wake of war and conflict in Cyprus
Tuesday 4 March from 4:30pm, Deakin University
Presenter: Susan Balderstone
Adjunct Professor, Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific,
In the wake of a Greece-inspired coup against the Greek Cypriot
President of Cyprus in 1974, the Turkish military occupied the northern
third of the island and continues to do so. Ethnic communities are still
separated: Greek Cypriots moved to the south and Turkish Cypriots to the
north. This paper covers issues raised by the bi-communal conservation
projects resulting from the European Union's Partnership for the Future
Programme being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.
The projects require co-operation between mutually distrustful, fearful
and disdainful communities for the sake of common objectives social
and economic well-being. Cyprus has apparently opted for conflict
management rather than resolution, with both sides focused on achieving
prosperity. Heritage conservation has become a tool for peaceful
co-existence and mutual pride. Initially the projects involved places of
shared heritage rather than places reinforcing the separate cultural
identities of the communities. Loss of cultural identity is a concern of
both communities. Ongoing operational issues derive from the illegality
of the Turkish government in the north and the repercussions of this for
international aid. The paper explores the professional challenges related
to these issues and their possible resolution.
There is no entry charge and everyone is welcome.
Venue: The Blue Room, Building B Room 2.20, Deakin University.
For a map of the campus see
4) VIIIth Conference on Military
Monuments - call for papers and registration
VIIIth CONFERENCE ON MILITARY MONUMENTS
THEME: "Sea Coast Fortification: from the onset to modern
27-29 November 2008, The Algarve University, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
The Conference on Military Monuments has been promoted by the Portuguese
Association of the Castle's Friends since 1982 with seven editions since
In celebration of the Castle's Friends 25th anniversary, the
VIIIth Conference is brought to an International level that is reflected
in the theme's choice: "Sea Coast fortification: from the onset to modern
times". This theme will permit the presentation of a wide variety of
situations and pave the way to an international debate about the future
of this type of fortification.
For more information, visit
5) Department of the Environment,
Water, Heritage and the Arts: Media Release - Heritage Honour for Stone
An ancient Aboriginal stone hatchet quarry of immense importance
to Central Victoria's Wurundjeri people has been given the nation's
highest heritage honour - inclusion in the National Heritage List.
Australian Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter
Garrett, said the 18-hectare site provided stone tools that were
essential in the daily lives of many Aboriginal communities.
"Mount William tells us how this prized 'currency' was made and used in
trade for thousands of years," Mr Garrett said.
"Stone hatchets were very important to Aboriginal people, used to split
tree trunks to find honey, cut off sheets of bark for huts and to shape
wood into shields and spears.
"The site was one of the largest and most intensively-worked Aboriginal
quarries in Australia. The Wurundjeri mined the greenstone, shaped the
hatchet heads and exchanged them for possum skin cloaks and fine wooden
"Aboriginal people travelled hundreds of kilometres to obtain the
prestigious stone hatchets of Mount William."
During the mid-1800s it was recognised as a special place that had been
used by Aboriginal people well before European settlement. In 1855
naturalist William Blandowski described the site as 'a celebrated spot'
which supplies Aboriginal people with stone.
"I'm delighted to help give the site the recognition it deserves, with a
place in the National Heritage List," Mr Garrett said.
National Heritage Listing ensures places are protected for future
generations under the Australian Government's Environment Protection
and Biodiversity Act 1999.
The List showcases natural, historic and Indigenous places of outstanding
heritage value. It reflects the story of our development as a nation, our
spirit and ingenuity and our unique, living landscapes.
Mount William is the 77th place in the List, joining 20 other Victorian
sites including the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape, Melbourne
Cricket Ground and Royal Exhibition Building. For more information and
high quality images visit
Media contact: Margot Marshall (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 624
6) Conference announcement:
'Managing the Future of Historic Vessels'
One Day conference: 'Managing the Future of Historic
Saturday 8th March, Australian National Maritime Museum,
Costs: $60 (AMMC members $50). Includes gourmet BBQ alongside tall ship
James Craig on the evening of the 7th March and a weekend pass
to the 2008 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival.
For full details, and to register, please visit
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