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Reflecting on Past – Imagining the Future

AIC's 50th Annual Meeting Los Angeles  may 13-18, 2022

AIC's 50th Annual Meeting will take place at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles May 13-18, 2022.

We are seeking abstracts for presentations and poster centered around the meeting theme:

Reflecting on Past – Imagining the Future

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the American Institute for Conservation. The field of cultural heritage preservation has grown immeasurably since 1972, with the introduction of new treatment methodologies, analytical techniques, and conservation materials. During this time span, the nature of the objects and sites we deal with has changed and our philosophies surrounding their care have necessarily evolved. We also must acknowledge that we are facing increasingly global issues such as climate change, social justice, and mass displacement and migration of peoples, all requiring new approaches and collaborations with other fields and stakeholder communities.

As we celebrate and reflect on AIC’s first fifty years, we invite introspective and innovative contributions to:

  • Examine with modern eyes the history of field, its practice, and practitioners.
  • Address concerns we are facing now.
  • Explore and imagine our next half century.

Where do we want AIC to be in the year 2072? What lessons can we learn from the past that will help guide our field into the future? What should our priorities and goals be? What steps should we take, and which frameworks should we build, to achieve those goals and shape our field for the next fifty years?

Abstracts may be submitted for the following sessions:

General (plenary) Sessions

Specialty Sessions

Poster Sessions (can be either General or Specialty focused)

Special Sessions  (pre, post, and lunch sessions)


Click the links above for more information on each of the different types of sessions. In the main conference (May 15-17) you can submit an abstract for up to three choices ranked in your order of preference.

Please view our submission instructions for more information on how to submit an abstract. The closing date to submit an abstract is September 17, 2021

Join us in marking this milestone Anniversary by being part of our 50th Annual Meeting.

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 @ 11:59 PM


Questions or issues? We’re here to help.
Contact us at meetings@culturalheritage.org or 202.452.9545.

This e-mail was sent from American Institute for Conservation (contact@culturalheritage.org) to kmw@caltek.net.