Book Conservation - One Philosophy - Many Interpretations – Call for Papers

Department für Bauen und Umwelt


The conference aims at celebrating the 10th anniversary of the European Resaerch Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration which was founded on March 22, 2010 and brings together experts from all fields, whether they are professionals involved in actual conservation and conservation research, persons overseeing collections where conservation of written heritage is at issue, philosophers within and without the field of conservation of cultural heritage, or art historians.


We call for genuine papers which

  • describe the best conservation treatment, be it because of the aestetic outcome or the particular value of the information that the treatment helps to preserve
  • bring up issues on conservation theory and philosophy which underline or contribution to the change of conservation philosophy due to changes in our world and the access to new methods in conservation we are obtaining as a result
  • deal with the interrelation between our societies and the new perception of conservation of cultural heritage.


There will be an exhibition of best results in practical conservation entitled "Our best practice in Book Conservation: Best Results”. As we are not able to take the risk of bringing original books to Krems, we invite all the participating countries to send us at least one best practice example presented on a poster. Please, feel free to send it as a printout on paper (A1 or preferably A0 format) to Patricia Engel, European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration, Zentrum für Kulturgüterschutz, Department Bauen und Umwelt, University for Continuing Education Krems, Dr. Karl Dorrekstr. 30, 3500 Krems, Austria, not later than 1st Sept., 2020. All posters will be put on display. When preparing the posters, please make sure all the relevant general rules of ethics and scientific publication are duly observed. Some selected contributions will be presented via Skype.


Participation in the conference will be available far distant in parts. The deadline for handing in abstracts for presentations (about 500 words, English language) is May 1, 2020. Please, send them to .The articles will be peer reviewed and the selected presentations will be published as printed matter later. Please, indicate in your application if you opt for personal presentation in Krems or for a skype presentation, in case your contribution will be selected. You may also apply to be included on the academic board until March 22, 2020. Please, send your applications to


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