The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

CFP: 34th Annual CAC Conference and Workshop

From H-Museum:

Call for Papers

34th Annual CAC Conference and Workshop
Montreal, Quebec
30 May – 5 June 2008

The Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property is pleased to invite you to its 34th Annual Conference and Workshop in Montreal, Canada. The conference will be held at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec followed by a 4-day workshop to be held at the McCord Museum. Both events will offer simultaneous translation in English and French.


Conference
30 May – 1 June 2008

Abstracts on all aspects of conservation are invited. In addition to formal papers, submissions for posters and video presentations are also welcomed. Abstracts for conference presentations must be between 300-500 words written in English with French translation if available. Presentations should last no longer than twenty minutes. Poster and video presentations must use a maximum space of three feet wide by four feet high. Please include the title of the presentation, name(s) of the author(s), mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, name of the presenter and the required AV material.

Submit abstracts by December 15, 2007 to: Joan Marshall, Conference Program Chair, e-mail address. Please send submissions by e-mail attachment (Times New Roman font, 12 points, double-spaced) and indicate 'Call for Papers-CAC 2008' in the subject line. Abstracts will be published and should contain all essential details, main results and conclusions. Ambiguous phrases such as ‘will be discussed’ or ‘will be presented' should be avoided. A selection committee will review abstracts and notify speakers by January 30, 2008. Participation from students, new members and professionals from allied fields is encouraged.


Workshop
2 June – 5 June 2008

The 4-day workshop, a collaboration between the CAC and the Canadian Conservation Institute, will be held at the McCord Museum. The workshop New Methods of Cleaning Painted and Decorative Surfaces, Including the Modular Cleaning Program: a Systemic Approach to Cleaning Artworks is aimed at conservators involved in the cleaning of painted and decorative surfaces. The instructors, Richard Wolbers, Associate Professor, Art Conservation Department, University of Delaware, and Chris Stavroudis, Paintings Conservator in private practice, will present an overview of the theoretical principles needed to evaluate and formulate tailored aqueous and solvent-based cleaning systems for a variety of painted and decorative surface problems. The workshop will consist of lectures and practical session in the laboratory.

Workshop topics will include: the characterization of painted surfaces; aqueous and solvent cleaning techniques; chelating/complexing materials, thickeners, gels, pastes and poultices; and resin soaps, enzymes and emulsions. Problems will consist of soil, coating and overpaint removal.

Participants will also have the opportunity to use the Modular Cleaning Program (MCP), developed by Chris Stavroudis and based on Richard Wolber’s systemic approach to cleaning artworks. This program consists of concentrated stock solutions and a computer database that will assist conservators in cleaning with solvents, solvent gels, and water-borne systems. The database assists the conservator in combining the stock solutions, provides information about the solutions and their components, and assists in speifying and mixing new solutions.


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