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Course: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict

From: Isabelle Verger <iv<-at->
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
ICCROM International Course

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict
Rome, with study visits to other cities in Italy
24 September - 26 October, 2012 (5 weeks)

Application Deadline: April 15, 2012

In cooperation with UNESCO, Blue Shield Network and specialized
international and national agencies

With the financial support of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture
(FOC), and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities

Background: Armed conflicts world wide continue to involve
deliberate or accidental damage to cultural heritage. Conflicts
result in the weakening of governments and societies and endanger
the core values that hold communities together. The protection and
recovery of Cultural heritage can play a crucial role in rebuilding
societies and in overcoming the sense of loss and displacement.
Notwithstanding, in times of conflict, any operation will be delayed
as ensuring security and safety of people takes precedence.  As a
result, it is essential for the concerned professionals working in
these areas to understand how and when to intervene to secure or
recover cultural heritage while law enforcement, peacekeeping and
humanitarian efforts are under way. The course therefore, will
provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to
analyze a conflict; understand its underlying causes; its
manifestations including its impact on cultural heritage and
identify various actors who could be involved in protecting cultural


    Analyze patterns in present-day conflicts, especially in
    relation to their interactions with cultural heritage

    Explore the values associated with cultural heritage and the
    impact that conflict has on them

    Assess and manage risks to cultural heritage in conflict

    Secure, salvage and stabilize a variety of cultural materials

    Take peacetime preparatory action to improve response in times
    of conflict

    Critically examine the applicability of international legal
    instruments, and of conservation ethics and principles in times
    of conflict

    Communicate successfully with the various actors involved, and
    work in teams

Methodology: The course will comprise group activities, interactive
lectures, practical sessions, simulations, site visits and case
studies. Participants will be asked to develop case studies drawing
from their own experience and work context.

Participants: The course is aimed at those who are actively involved
in the protection of cultural heritage within a variety of
institutions (libraries, museums, archives, sites, departments of
antiquities or archaeology, religious and community centres, etc.).
It is also aimed at professionals from humanitarian and cultural aid
organizations, as well as military, civilian and civil defense
personnel. Those with experience in conflict situations are
particularly encouraged to apply. A maximum of 22 participants will
be selected.

Teaching team: International team of professionals identified
through ICCROM and its partners.

Working Language: English

Course Fee: 900 Euro (Euro)

Travel, accommodation and living expenses: Participants are
responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Rome,
Italy, and for all living expenses. To cover the cost of living,
including accommodation, participants should plan for a minimum
allowance of 1,800 Euro for the entire duration of the course.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from
sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding

financial assistance: The organizers may offer financial support to
a limited number of selected candidates who have been unable to
secure funding from any other sources. Candidates are also advised
to contact Italian cultural institutes in their home countries, as
some may be able to offer short-term scholarships for research or
training activities carried out in Italy.

Application: Please fill out the ICCROM application form


and send it together with your personal statement by e-mail. In the
event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the
necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to
send a paper copy; however, to ensure that your application meets
the deadline, send an advance copy of the application form and your
personal statement by e-mail.

Personal Statement: Candidates are requested to provide a letter
stating clearly the reasons for applying to the course, what they
hope to learn from it, and how it will benefit them and their
institution, country, or future employer (maximum of 700 words).

    FAC 12
    Collections Unit - ICCROM
    Via di San Michele, 13
    00153 Rome RM, Italy
    Fax: +39 06 58553349

Isabelle Verger
Collections Unit
Via di San Michele 13
00153 Rome
+39 06 58 55 34 10
Fax: +39 06 58 55 33 49

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