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Ethics & Critical Thinking in Conservation

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Price: $39. UPC Number is 23700001266122. Trim: 6" x 9", 156 pp.
Ethics & Critical Thinking in Conservation2013. ed. P. Hatchfield. Washington, DC: American Institute for Conservation.

"Just as the unexamined life is not worth living (or so I’ve been told) this volume’s essays demonstrates the value of a well-examined conservation life. Ethics and critical thinking are first about awareness." -- from a book review by Kevin Driedger.

This collection of essays brings to focus a moment in the evolution of the complex decision making processes required when conservators consider the treatment of cultural heritage materials. The papers presented here are drawn from two consecutive years of presentations at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Annual Meeting General Sessions. These were, in 2010, The Conservation Continuum: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future, and in 2011, Ethos Logos Pathos: Ethical Principles and Critical Thinking in Conservation.


Table of Contents

  • Conservation in the 21st Century: Will a 20th Century Code of Ethics Suffice?
    Barbara Appelbaum
  • Legacies from the Past: Previous Repairs
    Deborah Bede
  • To Treat or Not to Treat: Decision-making in Preparing Archives for Digitization
    Gabriëlle Beentjes
  • Resuscitating Bamiyan’s Buddhas? A Dispatch from Dresden, Two Lessons Learned
    James Janowski
  • Objects of Trauma, Finding the Balance
    Jane E. Klinger
  • On Time and the Modalities of Conservation
    Frank Matero 
  • The Frankenstein Syndrome
    Salvador Muñoz Viñas
  • Restoration Ethics, Cleaning, and Perception: Case Studies from the Dutch Government Collection
    W. Wei, Z. Benders, and E. Domela Nieuwenhuis
  • Book Review: Conservation Takes a Reflective Turn
    George Wheeler, introduction by Nancie Ravenel