Divided – united! Preservation of monuments and sites in Central Europe at the Time of the Iron Curtain and Today
Venue: HAWK, Hildesheim, Hohnsen 1, Aula
Time: 25 to 28 September 2013
International conference ot the HAWK in cooperation with:
ICOMOS Deutsches Nationalkomitee and ICOMOS international
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas an der Universität Leipzig (GWZO)
Working Group of German and Polish Art Historians and Conservators
Registration (deadline: 15 Sept. 2013)
Programme (pdf, 2,2 MB)
Detailed information about the conference (pdf, 36 KB)
Abstracts of the conference papers
The Conference focuses on the latest and often neglected chapter in the history of European conservation: the time after 1945 on both sides of the iron curtain. The conference papers will demonstrate the significance of this period for today’s heritage assets and for our understanding of history. The identity-giving role of monuments for specific groups of the population, religions and countries as well as the ideological misuse of monuments, shall be an area under discussion.
The conference is based on a multiannual research project, that more than twenty years after the reunification of Germany has been exploring basic considerations and the practice of conservation and restoration in the former GDR and the pre-1990s Federal Republic of Germany and its impact on conservation and restoration practice in the reunified Germany.
In addition to the paper presentations there will be a panel discussion with contemporary witnesses of heritage preservation in the old Federal Republic of Germany and in the former German Democratic Republic.
A study tour leads to monuments and memorial sites of the late 19th and 20th century around the Harz Mountains: KZ memorial Mittelbau Dora and Kyffhäuser Monument.
The conference is sponsored by the "Niedersächisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur".