Colonialist conservation the ethical dilemmas behind the preservation of global cultures

Oliver Brothers is believed to be the first and the oldest continuously operating art restoration company in the United States. Because in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries mainly restorers were being accused of falsification and therefore fabrication of truth - either by making old things look beautiful and new, or of making new things look old and valuable according to taste - an aesthetic and philosophical shift of values started to occur resulting in conservators becoming more concerned with not altering the meaning of objects.

How such values are assessed and exchanged among people determines the social, political, and personal restraints and imperatives by which conservation is practiced. Some of these issues are briefly discussed below. They contribute to the creation of a shared sense of cultural memory and impact on the ethical codes of the conservator.

During the 19th century, however, the fields of science and art became increasingly intertwined as scientists such as Michael Faraday began to study the damaging effects of the environment to works of art. The legal realities are surprisingly straightforward.

The creation of this department moved the focus for the development of conservation theory and practice from Germany to Britain, and made the latter a prime force in this fledgling field.

Museum collections are repositories of communication and cultural memory, and so conservation is a practice that focuses on the preservation of cultural knowledge in objects, the authentication of which creates an inseparable bond between the conservator and the conserved object.

Moreover, conservation practice is carried out in particular settings which define how communication and cultural memory influence national identities. These works must be protected in controlled environments where such variables are maintained within a range of damage-limiting levels.

Theodore Roosevelt [2] In common usage, the term refers to the activity of systematically protecting natural resources such as forests, including biological diversity. Jordan defines the term as: But the number of people displaced from traditional homelands worldwide over the past century in the interest of conservation is estimated to be close to 20 million, 14 million of them in Africa alone.

Violent effort The conflict began in the bucolic stillness of Yosemite valley in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Skip to content Week 1 — 2 d.

For historical context, earlier unendorsed versions are available: In the United States of America, the year saw the publication of two books which laid the foundation for Romantic and Utilitarian conservation traditions in America.

And I hope that native people will blend their traditional knowledge systems with the newer sciences of ecology and conservation biology in search of better ways to preserve the diversity of specieswhich is not only vital to their own security but to all life on earth.

Terminology[ edit ] The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Museums will embrace their role in fostering, exploring, celebrating and questioning the identities of diverse communities pp 11— Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art We live in a society that does not always value the signs of age.

The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works IIC was incorporated under British law in as "a permanent organization to co-ordinate and improve the knowledge, methods, and working standards needed to protect and preserve precious materials of all kinds. There are however ethical considerations when examining human remains.

Many modern and contemporary works of art were either intentionally meant to be ephemeral, or were made from new and untested materials that have turned out to be dramatically unstable. In the United Kingdom, pioneering research into painting materials and conservation, ceramics, and stone conservation was conducted by Arthur Pillans Laurieacademic chemist and Principal of Heriot-Watt University from More Utilitarian schools of conservation seek a proper valuation of local and global impacts of human activity upon nature in their effect upon human well beingnow and to posterity.

Trophime, Arles The care of cultural heritage has a long history, one that was primarily aimed at fixing and mending objects for their continued use and aesthetic enjoyment. Conservation associations and professional organizations Societies devoted to the care of cultural heritage have been in existence around the world for many years.

I have travelled across all five inhabited continents researching this subject, visiting hundreds of indigenous communities, some in conflict with western-style conservation, others in harmony with it.

My own research project is also concerned with this opening up of the field. American Institute for Conservation Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice [16] Conservation OnLine provides resources on ethical issues in conservation, [17] including examples of codes of ethics and guidelines for professional conduct in conservation and allied fields; and charters and treaties pertaining to ethical issues involving the preservation of cultural property.

It is important to be very careful and respectful when dealing with human remains. Research is funded by the AHRC. Museums will work more closely with each other and partners outside the sector pp 23— The data thus collected helps in deciding the conservation treatments to be provided to the object.

Week 1 – 2 d. Ethical Issues, Conservation, Preservation

Various states in Australia have passed legislation giving protection to historical remains, by restricting amateur excavation and relic collecting. These movements have diverged but they have deep and common roots in the conservation movement.

Matthew Gale is an art historian specializing in the twentieth century and is head of displays at Tate Modern. He worked with George L. While this usage is not new, the idea of biological conservation has been applied to the principles of ecology, bio geographyanthropologyeconomy and sociology to maintain biodiversity.

And is there a danger that early intervention would eliminate interpretive possibilities for works?The conservation-restoration of cultural heritage focuses on protection and care of tangible cultural heritage, and charters and treaties pertaining to ethical issues involving the preservation of cultural property.

Gathering a Body of Global Agreements; at The J. Paul Getty Trust – Conservation Institute – Cultural Heritage Policy. THE PHILOSOPHY OF CONSERVATION THE ETHICS OF CONSERVATION: Report prepared for, and submitted to is that ethical considerations are marginalised in favour of what are supposed to be more face of unprecedented global environmental change; as often as not, values are what we reason.

Value EthicsbehindBiodiversity Conservation Law. Fulya. BATUR, LL.M. Unité BIOGOV - Centre de Philosophie du Droit. preservation.

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programmes. Defining «OUGHT TO BE Value Ethics behind biodiversity conservation law. The conservation ethic is an ethic of resource use, allocation, exploitation, and protection.

Its primary focus is upon maintaining the health of the natural world: its forests, fisheries. Mar 01,  · Ethical issues in conservation. Ethical Considerations in Videotape Preservation Getty Conservation Institute Ethical Dilemmas in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Lecture (video) The Legal and Ethical Consideration of Mural Conservation: Issues and Debates. The ethics of conservation practice: a look from within Titika Malkogeorgou Visiting Researcher A new territory for conservation was marked by the discussion of the conservation profession in the IIC Melbourne Congress ().

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