Call for Papers: Ninth Islamic Manuscript Conference

“Manuscripts of the Mamluk Sultanate and its Contemporaries”
The Ninth  Conference

Magdalene College
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2-4 September 2013

The Islamic Manuscript Association is pleased to announce that the Ninth Islamic Manuscript Conference will be held at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, 2-4 September 2013. The Conference will be hosted in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge.

The Association invites the submission of abstracts on topics related to the study of Islamic manuscripts, particularly codicology, and the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections. Preference will be shown to submissions pertaining to the Conference’s theme: “Manuscripts of the Mamluk Sultanate and its Contemporaries”.

The Conference seeks to explore the full range of manuscript production that occurred from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries

CE: from books produced under royal patronage, such as the Mamluk and Ilkhanid Qur’an manuscripts that are almost unmatched for splendour, opulence, and size in the history of the Islamic arts of the book, to simpler, less lavish manuscripts that are no less essential to increasing our understanding of Islamic codicology and palaeography.

The Conference will be organised around the Association’s four key working areas: cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, and research and publishing; and papers falling into these broad categories will be included in the relevant panel. The Association will also consider submissions on topics that do not fall directly under the purviews of these areas but are yet concerned with scholarship on Islamic manuscripts or the care and management of Islamic manuscript collections.

This invitation is open to members and non-members of the Association. The languages of the Conference will be Arabic and English, and submissions will be accepted in both languages. The deadline for submissions is 0900 GMT on Monday, 22 October 2012.

Late submissions will not be considered. The duration of each conference paper is 30 minutes inclusive of 10 minutes of questions and answers. Please note that preference will be given to speakers who have not presented papers at the Association’s previous conferences. All authors’ research and analysis should be sufficiently advanced that they can include concrete findings in their abstracts.

The Association will pay for round-trip economy class travel to Cambridge, accommodation in Magdalene College, and College-based meals for authors whose papers are accepted. Please send an abstract of 250 words, a 250 word biographical statement, and a cover sheet, available at

to the Association’s executive committee at

The Islamic Manuscript Association Ltd
c/o 33 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY
United Kingdom

Fax: +44 1223 302 218
admin [at] islamicmanuscript__org

The Association’s selection committee will inform applicants of its decision by mid-November. 2012.

Charlie Walker-Arnott
Bilingual Events and Membership Coordinator
The Islamic Manuscript Association c/o The Lotus Gallery
33 Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1QY

+44 1223 303177
Fax: +44 1223 302218
Mobile: +44 7711 391 940

ICOM-CC Legal Issues in Conservation Working Group

The ICOM-CC Legal Issues in Conservation Working Group is in the process of refocussing its goal to become an important network where conservators can exchange information and experience about legal issues which face them in their daily work. Please visit the website, join the group, participate in the forum. All the suggestions and experience you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Please take part in creating a new and important network for conservators worldwide.

For more information, visit

Dr. W. (Bill) Wei
Senior conservation scientist
Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed


Instituut Collectie Nederland
Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage Amsterdam The Netherlands

Baker Fellowships in Paper Conservation awarded

The University of Michigan (U-M) Library is delighted to announce the first Cathleen A. Baker Fellows in Paper Conservation. Lauren Calcote and Aisha Wahab started their fellowships in early September and will remain in residence with the U-M Library Conservation Lab through August 2013.

Lauren Calcote is a September 2012 graduate of the New York State College, Buffalo, master’s degree program in art conservation, specializing in book conservation. During her fellowship she will be focusing on historical binding structures and book conservation treatments ranging from batch treatment of nineteenth-century cloth bindings to individual treatment of complex vellum books.

Aisha Wahab is starting her final year in the Buffalo program. The Baker Fellowship is helping to support her third-year internship at the University of Michigan Library Conservation Lab. Specializing in paper conservation, she has particular interest in the conservation of Islamic and Middle Eastern manuscripts.

The Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Paper Conservation was established in 2011 by a gift from Dr. Baker, Conservation Librarian in the Department of Preservation and Conservation at the University of Michigan Library. The fellowship provides financial support for conservators at various levels in their careers to enable them to spend time in the U-M Library’s Conservation Lab to increase their knowledge about the conservation of paper-based collections.

Applications for fellowship projects starting in Fall 2013 are due January 31, 2013. Information about the fellowship and application forms are available at

Shannon Zachary
Head, Dept. of Preservation and Conservation
University of Michigan Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Queen’s University Program in Art Conservation Seeks Alumni News for Yearly Newsletter

Please send your news, either professional or personal, for our yearly Art Conservation Program Newsletter.  Previous newsletters can be found on our website:

Contributions (approximately 50 words) need to be received by 20 September 2012. Send to am26 [at] queensu__ca We all look forward to hearing from you.

Alison Murray
Associate Professor
Art Conservation Program

New ICON Ceramics and Glass Group Forum

Feel free to ask questions about materials and techniques that you’re encountering for the first time, or for advice on specific objects

If you’re struggling to locate a specific material or piece of equipment and want to know where other conservators go shopping, just ask.

Or if you know about job opportunities, student placements or internships that you feel would be interesting to the members feel

free to share them here.

Conservation By Design Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners

Shaun Thompson, a bookbinder at Cambridge University Library, has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship.  Now in its eighth year, the coveted scholarship awarded by Conservation By Design (CXD) offers UKP1500 towards the cost of attending the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School; a unique bookbinding course held each year in the medieval town of Montefiascone, Italy.  The school runs for four weeks during July and August, 2012 and each week features a different course and tutor. Shaun intends to use his scholarship to attend two courses one addressing Glazier Codex, a 5th and 6th Century Coptic binding system, and the other exploring the history of Spanish gothic wooden binding structures in the “Mudejar” style.

The entries this year were so impressive that for the first time ever, a runner-up prize was also awarded. Mark Furness, a bookbinder from Manchester, demonstrated considerable skill and enthusiasm for his craft, so will be attending his preferred course at the summer school, which will look at the construction of a typical full calf late eighteenth century French binding.

The scholarship is offered in memory of Dr Nicholas Hadgraft, a good friend of Conservation By Design who died tragically in 2004. Nicholas was a fellow of the University of the Arts London and a key collaborator on the “Squelch Drying” technique devised by Stuart Welch (the founder of CXD), the most effective way to date of drying valuable rare books.

Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences Building Conservation Program Faces Closure

The building conservation-program at Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland is threatened to be terminated. The program is the only one of its kind in Finland.  Please sign a petition in which the Finnish section of the Nordic Association of Conservators pleads the decision-makers at Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences for reconsidering closure of the study program.

Read more:

Job Posting: Conservator of Photographs, Williamstown Art Conservation Center

The Williamstown Art Conservation Center is seeking a full-time, photograph conservator to manage and run the photograph conservation division within the paper conservation department. The conservator will participate in all departmental activities including documentation, analysis and treatment for the photograph collections of the WACC’s and the AACC’s (Atlanta Art Conservation Center) member institutions and will assist with projects in the paper conservation lab as work load and deadlines fluctuate.

The candidate should have a degree in graduate-level studies with a specialization in photographic materials or equivalent education and work/life experience demonstrating expertise in the analysis, documentation, conservation treatment and preventive care for all types of photographic materials. The conservator should demonstrate knowledge of the history of photography, the evolution of historic and contemporary photographic techniques and skill in the use of non-destructive analytical examination techniques for photographs.

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, computer proficiency and strong organizational abilities will be required. The candidate should be willing to travel periodically to carry out site work for member institutions.

The WACC offers a full benefits package including an annual research stipend. Title and salary will be commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience.

For further information contact: Leslie Paisley, Paper Conservator/Department Head at lpaisley [at] williamstownart__org.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and contact information for three references to

Thomas Branchick
Director, Williamstown Art Conservation Center
227 South Street
Williamstown MA 01267

PhD course: Peer-Review Publishing in Conservation, Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-20 September 2012

The Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden in cooperation with Tress and Tress GbR, Munich, Germany announces a PhD course in Peer-Review Publishing in Conservation, 2 hp/ECTS.

Traditionally, the PhD thesis in Conservation has been presented in the format of a monograph. As with other disciplines, the article-based PhD thesis format is becoming more common, and now is an option in the discipline of conservation. The article-based model consists of a number of separate, free-standing, but related, published/publishable papers in peer-reviewed journals. The Peer-Review Publishing in Conservation course prepares and guides the PhD student in all aspects of the peer-review publishing process in preparation for presenting their PhD research in the article-based format. This course provides a hands-on approach to writing a paper for an international peer-review journal, and introduces the student to all the relevant steps involved in successful paper preparation, writing, and editing. It helps the student understand the explicit and implicit rules of the peer-review and revision process and to learn how to deal with reviewers and editors. Numerous training tasks help the participant draft individual sections of her/his manuscript, and they are given concrete advice on how to overcome the various hurdles involved in the writing and publishing process. The course increases the student’s understanding of what is expected in each manuscript section, and how to write these sections efficiently. It provides answers to individual questions and gives clear instructions on how to complete and submit one’s manuscript.


Location and dates: The course will be based on the premises of the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Course period: 3 days, 18-20 September 2012


The 2 ECTS credits course will be conducted in English, with the main target group being PhD students within cultural heritage conservation primarily in the Nordic countries, but also in Europe. There is no course fee. Participants coming from outside of Gothenburg must secure their own financing for travel and expenses. The course is open to PhD students within cultural heritage conservation. In the case of more than 12 applicants, the applicants will be ranked primarily on a first-come, first served basis, and the relevance of the applicants’ PhD project to the discipline. PhD candidates who wish to apply for a place on the course should submit a CV, a letter of recommendation from their supervisor, and a 250-word abstract of their PhD project. Selected PhD candidates will be asked to give a short oral presentation, in English, of their PhD work and research as part of the course.

Deadline for application and abstract submission is 1 August 2012.

Notification of acceptance will be: 15 August 2012.

Application should be made to:

Department of Conservation
University of Gothenburg
Box 130
SE-405 30 Gothenburg

Course organiser

Elizabeth E. Peacock
Department of Conservation
University of Gothenburg
elizabeth.peacock [at] conservation__gu__se

“Dry Cleaning Methods for Unvarnished Paintings”, Porto, Portugal 1-2 October 2012

“Dry Cleaning Methods for Unvarnished Paintings”
Porto, Portugal
1-2 October 2012

Teacher: Maude Daudin-Schotte

English: <URL:>
Portuguese: <URL:>

This is the 9th conservation masterclass organized by 20-21 Conservacao e Restauro, and attached is a portfolio of past courses, for your reference.

As usual, the approach will be hands-on, allowing participants to apply the lessons learned in their own studio; theory and observation will blend with practice for optimized learning.

Registration fee: 325Euro + 23%VAT = 399,25Euro (“early bird”, valid until the end of August, 2012)

Pedro Pardinhas
20-21 Conservacao e Restauro de Arte Contemporanea, Lda.
IN SERRALVES: Rua de Serralves 954
Porto, Portugal

Atelier: Rua do Rosario 339-B 1o, Porto
+351 22 010 98 71
Mobile: +351 96 008 06 07