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Call for Papers: JAIC Special Issue on “Reflectance Hyperspectral Imaging to Support Documentation and Conservation of 2D Artworks”

The Journal of American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) seeks submissions for a special issue on the topic of “Reflectance hyperspectral imaging to support documentation and conservation of 2D artworks.” Two-dimensional artworks include paintings, works on paper, tapestries, and photographic materials. The focus of this special issue is on hyperspectral systems that provide continuous reflectance spectra over the portion of the spectral range from the UV to the Mid-IR.  Specific areas of interest include:

  • Description of the best methodologies and acquisition parameters of workflows for operating hyperspectral imaging cameras under museum conditions or in non-controlled environments such as when studying outdoor frescoes or murals;
  • Hyperspectral image cube processing workflows to mine datasets for useful information such as pigment or binder maps, or visualizing compositional changes or revisions;
  • Defining, testing, implementing, and developing specific criteria for optimizing the format of acquired data and processing procedures for analysis, storage, usage, and dissemination of hyperspectral imaging data and results;
  • Case studies on the identification of artists’ materials using reflectance hyperspectral imaging, mapping distribution or improving visualization of compositional paint changes or revisions.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract and article outline to the special issue organizers by January 31, 2018. Complete article submissions are due April 30, 2018. JAIC guidelines and its style guide are found at Articles selected by the guest organizers should be submitted through our online portal at Datasets can be included as supplemental information.

You may send inquiries about the issue to Julio M. del Hoyo-Meléndez, JAIC Editor-in-Chief, at

Send proposals to special issue guest organizers by January 31, 2018:

  • John K. Delaney at
    Senior Imaging Scientist, Scientific Research Department,
    National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • Marcello Picollo at
    Research Scientist, Institute for Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC)
    National Research Council (CNR), Florence, Italy

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (Vol. 56, Issue 3-4): now available online

JAIC AugNov 2017

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Volume 56, Issue 3-4, August – November 2017 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.
This new issue contains the following articles:


Characterization of Yellow and Red Natural Organic Colorants on Japanese Woodblock Prints by EEM Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Michele Derrick, Richard Newman & Joan Wright
Pages: 171-193 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1275438

The Examination and Analysis of Dunhuang and Turfan manuscript materials at Princeton University Library’s East Asian Library
Ted Stanley
Pages: 194-210 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1392105

Reflected Infrared and 3D Imaging for Object Documentation
E. Keats Webb
Pages: 211-224 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1359463

A review of the development and testing of Incralac lacquer
Julie Wolfe & Rosie Grayburn
Pages: 225-244 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362863


Early Seating Upholstery: Reading the Evidence
Deborah Lee Trupin
Pages: 245-246 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1337549

Re-Collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory
Glenn Wharton
Pages: 247-248 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1337551

Forging the Future of Special Collections
Rachel Lapkin
Pages: 248-251 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1337550

Waters Rising: Letters from Florence — Peter Waters and Book Conservation at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Di Firenze After the 1966 Flood
Mary Oey
Pages: 251-253 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1277064

Cave Temples of Dunhuang, Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road
Marylin M. Rhie
Pages: 253-256 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1277066

Dangerous Perfection: Ancient Funerary Vases from Southern Italy
Stephen Koob
Pages: 256-257 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1277067

The 1912 Yale Peruvian Scientific Expedition Collections from Machu Picchu, Metal Artifacts
David A. Scott
Pages: 257-259 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2016.1245511

Rhiannon Clarricoates, Helen Dowding, and Alexandra Gent, eds., Colour Change in Paintings
Dr. Kristin deGhetaldi & Brian Baade
Pages: 259-261 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362751

Lucy Wrapson, ed., Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin, No. 6
Daniela Leonard
Pages: 262-263 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362752

Susannah Rutherglen and Charlotte Hale. In a New Light: Giovanni Bellini’s “St. Francis in the Desert.”
Kim Muir
Pages: 263-265 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362753

Sigrid Eyb-Green, et al., eds., Sources on Art Technology: Back to Basics
Rebecca Anne Rushfield
Pages: 265-267 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362754

Karoline Beltinger, Jilleen Nadolny, eds., Painting in Tempera, C. 1900
Ken Sutherland
Pages: 267-269 | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1362755

Pages: i-i | DOI: 10.1080/01971360.2017.1406636

Daguerreian Society 2017-2018 Call for Papers

$2000 in Awards for Writers

The Daguerreian Society invites authors to submit original papers that address and advance the understanding and appreciation of 19th century photography. Possible topics include the art, history, social impact, and practice of the daguerreotype and other photographic processes of this period.

All submissions will be considered for publication in the 2017 Daguerreian Annual.

Award for New Contributors
A $500 award will be given to the paper selected as best submission from an author who has not previously published in The Daguerreian Annual.

The Julian Wolff Awards for Student and Graduate Student Authors
The author of the highest-scored paper accepted for publication from a student or graduate student will receive $1,000, and second-highest scored paper will receive $500.  The two winners will also receive complimentary registration to the 2018 Daguerreian Society Symposium in New York City.  The prizes for student and graduate student authors are offered in memory of the late Julian Wolff, an educator, collector and dealer whose love for the daguerreotype contributed to many private and institutional collections.


  • Authors are responsible for securing all necessary rights and releases for images used as illustrations
  • Authors must grant permission for both one-time print publication and for future electronic access
  • Papers must be in English and may range in length from 500 to 8,000 words

Selection Process
Juror Keith F. Davis (Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum ) and the Society’s Publications Committee will use a blind peer review process to select papers for publication and to choose New Contributors and Julian Wolff awards. Authors will be eligible for only a single award. The decisions of the Publications committee will be final.  Judging criteria include:

  • Scope and Quality of Research
  • Contribution to Existing Knowledge
  • Potential for Future Development/Seeding New Research
  • Clarity of Writing
  • Use of Original Historical Sources
  • Use and Interpretation of Photographs As Primary Source Documents


  • Submission of a 300-word abstract by January 15
  • Review and notification by February 1
  • Submission of completed manuscript with illustrations by March 1
  • Review process and notification of final selection by April 1


Send electronic submission to: Diane Filippi

Questions: Please contact Jeremy Rowe

Please include in the subject line: Submission for 2017 Daguerreian Society Call for Papers

JAIC: Call for Papers

JAIC welcomes the submission of technical studies, research papers, treatment case studies, and ethics and standards discussions relating to the broad field of conservation and preservation of historic and cultural works.

JAIC encourages the submission of short practical or technical notes, topical reviews, material studies, and longer submissions on subjects of interest to preservation and conservation professionals. Manuscripts are reviewed for their interest and overall suitability for the Journal, as well as for accuracy, clarity, and uniqueness.

The JAIC editorial board would like also to encourage articles that tackle broader issues in the conservation field (i.e., articles that discuss ethical considerations, history of conservation, history of teaching conservation, the changing nature of our jobs as conservators in museums and other institutions); collaborative articles between conservation and allied professionals; review-type articles that investigate a particular under-studied material or long-term results of particular treatments; and short technical notes or clinical practice submissions.

In addition, the journal welcomes submissions for book reviews. If you are interested in submitting a review of a recently published book related to the subject of conservation or preservation, please contact Cybele Tom, Book Review Editor.

If you have questions about whether your topic or manuscript is a good fit for the Journal, you may send a query to either Bonnie Naugle, JAIC managing editor.

For more details about the Journal and guidelines, visit:

LEUKOS: Call for Papers on Museum Lighting

LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society
Special Issue: Museum Lighting Call for Papers
Deadline: March 31, 2018

Investigating how modern lighting solutions can improve customer experiences in museums?
Concerned with the challenges new lighting technologies present for conservation of museum exhibits?
Please contribute your research to the Special Issue of?LEUKOS on ?Museum Lighting.?

Why this subject?
Museum lighting is at a pivotal moment. Solid-state lighting (SSL) promises to transform the illumination and display of art. LED lighting offers many opportunities to present art, heritage and archaeological pieces in a better light. Literally. But they present new challenges concerning conservation and the best customer experience. The challenges are likely to be addressed from applied and multidisciplinary research. This includes engineering, architecture, vision science, psychophysics, psychology, conservation science, physics, and chemistry.

This special issue will follow the 1st International Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops, to be held September 11 – 12, 2017 at University College London.

What could you contribute?
Your high-quality, insightful research into:

  • The application of light-emitting diodes (LED) to the illumination of artwork, including assessments of how their salient technical characteristics (e.g., compact size, long life, low UV, low IR) are relevant to museum lighting applications.
  • The challenges and opportunities associated with the ability to control the spectral power distribution (SPD) of LED products, including how spectral tuning affects visual perception of artworks and physical deterioration of artwork materials.
  • Color rendition and appearance, including color naturalness, color contrast and discriminability, image quality, color gamut, color preference, and all other perceptual phenomena that relate to the visual effects of the interaction of light with objects.
  • Design and technical aspects of lighting in museum settings, including the relationships between lighting design decisions and conservation.
  • Rigorous psychophysical and perceptual studies that report on lighting perception and preference for the display of artwork, including human non-visual responses to lighting.
  • Digital control of LED lighting products, including how spectral and intensity control strategies of LED lighting, and daylighting control strategies, may support conservation of artwork and reduce energy use.

We also seek well-written reviews that appropriately summarize and organize material for non-experts in the field.

Your manuscript should be of high scientific quality and clearly written in professional English. It should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. As with all manuscripts published in LEUKOS, the selection process will be based on a double-blind peer review.

As the special issue follows the 1st International Museum Lighting Symposium and Workshops, we encourage authors who present at the conference to submit a full manuscript to LEUKOS for consideration for this special issue. However, this is not a requirement for submission to this LEUKOS special issue. If your research is relevant, then please send it to us.

If you would like preliminary comments about suitability of a topic that you are considering for this special issue, then please send a tentative title and abstract to:,

For instructions on how to prepare your manuscript, and to submit online, visit:

Posted for the LEUKOS Editor-in-Chief, Kevin W. Houser, PhD, PE, FIES, LC
Professor, Dept. of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University


The spiral-bound 2017 AIC Member Directory is currently available in the AIC store.

Why should you get a copy?
Because it is a primary source for conservators, museum and arts professionals, students, and others in contact with the conservation field. It consists of 276 pages of AIC members by name, specialty, and geographic region and listings of conservation guilds, training programs, international conservation organizations, and funding agencies.

Get yours now!
The regular price for non-members is $60, but as an AIC member your copy is only $25 with the discounted code. Just visit, log in or create an account, then enter the code in the “Discount Code” field. Remember to press the “Update Order” button to confirm your reduced pricing.

If you have any questions about the directory or your order, write us at or call 202.452.9545.

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IIC 2018 Congress in Turin: Call for papers and posters (extended deadline)

IIC 2018 Congress
Preventive Conservation: The State of the Art, Turin, 10 – 14 September 2018
Simultaneous call for papers and posters

  • Closing date extended to June 5, 2017

Preventive conservation is a vital and ever-developing field at the centre of museum, site and heritage management, contributing to the sustainability of organisations as well as to the care of their collections. An IIC Congress last addressed issues in preventive conservation in Ottawa in 1994 and much has changed since then: new methods of investigation and analysis; a greater understanding of materials and how they may change or decay with time; developments in conservation practice. For conservators, conservation scientists and all those concerned with preventive conservation there are still as many questions as answers, still matters of concern to be discussed; many of you working in the field have something to say and exciting research to bring to us. To enable you to do this, we have extended the closing date for the call for papers and posters to 5 June 2017!

It will be 24 years since an IIC Congress last specifically addressed issues in preventive conservation, in Ottawa in 1994. The field has developed enormously since 1994: preventive conservation has a central position in museum, site, and heritage management. In addition to capturing developments and changes in scientific understanding and practice, this congress will focus on current issues that exercise our field and will look to the future. It will build on some recent IIC initiatives, including the 2008 Congress on Conservation and Access and the IIC/ICOM-CC environmental guidelines developed at the 2014 Hong Kong Congress.

The location for the 2018 Congress is Turin, a city with a varied cultural history, a strong international profile and innovative industrial centre and, at the same time, a comfortable, relaxed ambience. We are delighted that our partners in the 2018 Congress are the City of Turin, the Italian Regional Group of IIC (IGIIC), Turismo Torino e Provincia and the Centro per la Conservazione ed il Restauro “La Venaria Reale”, which, most appropriately, is housed in one of the Savoy palaces, La Venaria Reale.

Please don’t delay! We now invite paper and poster proposals that address the issues defining the state of the art in preventive conservation and latest practice. A full list of suggested topics and themes and full details for submission can be found at the main IIC Congress web-site page here:

Please note that this is a simultaneous call for paper and poster proposals: there will be no later separate call for posters. IIC invites you to submit your proposal for a paper or poster in English in about 500 words (3500 characters) via the website here: If you have an IIC account, please log in first; if not, please register on the front page of the site for an IIC account before submitting a proposal. Please do not include any illustrations with your proposal submission and please indicate if your proposal is for a paper or for a poster. The deadline for the receipt of proposals has been extended from May 8 to June 5, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in Turin!

NU ACCESS Call for External Proposals

  • Application deadline: April 15 2017

The Northwestern University, Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU ACCESS) is seeking external project proposals to advance the role of science within art history, curatorial scholarship, archaeology, and conservation. The Center, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is the first of its kind to make its resources open to external users via merit-review proposals.
External proposals for the current calendar year will be accepted until April 15, 2017, and request access to facilities and scientific expertise at no cost to the user to address relevant questions in art, archaeology and conservation. For examples of past projects please check:

Specifically, the external research program is intended to launch short- or long-term collaborative research projects focused on:

1.The scientific study of one object or a collection of objects with the aim of answering an important art-historical, technical, archaeological, or conservation question.

2.The broader, fundamental issues in the analysis and conservation of artifacts. Areas that may be at the center of such broader studies may include, but are not limited to:
2a.Material identification, fabrication, and performance
2b.Material aging and degradation
2c.Restoration treatment development and testing
2d.New analytical and sensor technology development

Proposed projects are expected to require significant expertise rather than simply access to facilities. Access to research and facilities for external users is supported by NU-ACCESS and based on a proposal submission process and evaluation by a review committee composed of both internal and external reviewers of international stature in the fields of conservation, conservation science, materials science, chemistry, art history, archaeology, environmental science, and/or computer science.

NU-ACCESS can provide in-kind support such as access to dedicated staff and Northwestern’s vast central user facilities, as well as the specialized facilities at AIC. It is important to note that NU-ACCESS is unable to set up fund transfers to third parties.

Requests can also be made for brief visiting scholarship residences to work collaboratively with NU-ACCESS staff for short periods of time, ranging from two weeks to three months in which case support will be provided for travel and living expenses (for a maximum of 3 months), as well as office space, access to the shared user facilities and acquisition of the necessary materials and supplies.

For more information, or to submit an online proposal, please visit:

Call for Papers – Cultural Heritage Management Sessions (ASOR 2017)

Session Chairs: Glenn Corbett, American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), and Suzanne Davis, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan

We are seeking abstract submissions for the Cultural Heritage Management session(s) of the American Schools of Oriental Research annual meeting, which will be held in Boston, MA, November 15-18, 2017. This session welcomes papers concerning archaeological conservation and heritage management in terms of methods, practices, and case studies in areas throughout the Near East. For the 2017 meeting, we are especially interested in presentations focusing on:

·         site conservation and preservation activities

·         site management planning

·         engagement and education of local communities

Interested speakers should submit a title and abstract (max. 250 words) by February 15, 2017. Please see ASOR’s call for papers and instructions for submission here: Note that professional membership ($130) and registration for the Annual Meeting (~$175) are required at the time of abstract submission. Student rates are discounted.

Please send inquiries or questions to Glenn Corbett ( and Suzanne Davis (