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1st International Conference on Fortifications and World Heritage: Challenges in Interpretation and Site Management – 2015, New Delhi


Anouk Fienieg

Programme Director Cultural Heritage at DutchCulture, centre for international cooperation

To be secured has remained one of most primal requirement of the human being since time immemorial. From ones’ home to a cluster, a city to a fort or be it the social system the aspect of defense has been omnipresent. In this Conference, ICOFORT India seeks to explore different forms of defense architecture with a special focus on forts of South Asia and little explored history of military organization, intelligence and weaponry that have simultaneously developed with the Forts.

ICOFORT India welcomes from professionals, scholars, researches, defense personnel, strategists, archaeologists, historians, conservationists who have been working in the sphere of defense architecture and forts original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work. This conference aims to provide a platform for the convergence of different perspectives and specializations to further our understanding of the resource.

25 September Deadline for Abstracts
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CHAPS May Workshop, Urban Preservation in Context: Challenges and New Approaches in the Mid-Atlantic Region, has been highlighted in the Forum UNESCO Newsletter!




On May 2, 2014, preservationists, architects, city planners, community leaders, academics and students came together in a workshop at Rutgers University. Focusing on the practical implementation of UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL, 2011) in New Jersey, New York, and the entire mid-Atlantic region of the United States, workshop participants discussed the role of public outreach in the urban conservation process, wherein collaboration between political, regulatory, and residential bodies is key to implementing a holistic approach to conservation.


See attached PDF for the workshop program and participant biographies.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Transfers Eight Antiquities to Nigeria


WEB Altar-figure Benin-peoples


BOSTON, MA (June 26, 2014)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), has reached an agreement with the National Commission of Museums and Monuments, Nigeria (NCMM), transferring to the Commission eight antiquities of Nigerian origin that are believed to have been the subject of illicit trafficking.

The antiquities include two Nok terracotta figures and a terracotta Ife head, archaeological materials that are known to be at high risk for theft and looting. The group also includes an ekpu, or ancestral figure dating to the 18th or 19th century, which was part of the collection of the Oron Museum, near Calabar, Nigeria, as late as the 1970s; and a bronze altar figure of about 1914, which was likely stolen from the Royal Palace in Benin City in 1976. Two terracotta heads produced in the Kingdom of Benin and a group of Kalabari screen figures appear to have been illegally exported.

The MFA received the objects in the bequest of a local collector of African art, who acquired all eight objects in good faith in the 1990s from dealers in the United States and Europe.

The Museum began the process of researching the provenance (or history of ownership) of the objects after receiving notification of the bequest. Recognizing that these eight objects were probably illegally removed from Nigeria in recent years, and that their export would have been regulated by Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments Act (chapter 242) of 1990, the MFA contacted the NCMM to seek its authorization before proceeding with their acquisition. The NCMM swiftly responded that the export of these objects had not been approved; and, indeed, that several documents which purportedly authorized their sale and export were forged. Upon receipt of this information, the MFA began to arrange for the return of the objects to Nigeria, which were received by Nigerian authorities earlier this month.

The objects transferred to Nigeria from the MFA are:

  1. 1.Head
    African, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Benin kingdom, about 1750
  2. 2.Memorial screen (duen fubara)
    African, Ijaw Kalabari peoples, Nigeria, late 19th century
  3. 3.Head
    African, Nok peoples, Nigeria, About 500 B.C.–A.D. 200
  4. 4.Head of an Oba
    Edo peoples, Benin Kingdom, Nigeria, 19th century
  5. 5.Male Figure
    African, Nok peoples. Nigeria, About 500 B.C.–A.D. 200
  6. 6.Portrait head
    African, Yoruba peoples, Ife Kingdom, Nigeria, 12th–14th century
  7. 7.Oron Ancestral Figure (Ekpu)
    Oron peoples, southeastern Nigeria
  8. 8.Altar figure
    Benin peoples, Nigeria

The Teel Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA received the eight Nigerian objects as part of the bequest from the late William E. Teel. The Teel bequest includes more than 300 African and Oceanic works, along with several Ancient American and Native American pieces and a small group of European and American works on paper. Teel and his wife Bertha, who passed away in 1995, were enthusiastic collectors who fostered appreciation of the art of sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania in Boston and beyond. The Teels built an outstanding collection, and played a significant role in placing such works in the domain of fine art in the city.  As a result of their long-term support, including the endowment of a curatorial post for African and Oceanic art, the MFA has been able to significantly build its collection of African art.  A selection of works from the bequest, mostly from west and central Africa, is now on view in the MFA’s recently refreshed Arts of Africa Gallery. Information regarding the eight antiquities transferred to Nigera is available

Provenance Research at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA is a leader in the field of provenance research, employing a full-time Curator for Provenance, who works with curators throughout the Museum to research and document the MFA’s collection on an ongoing basis. Findings are included in the Museum’s online collections database, The MFA follows the highest standards of professional practice in regards to issues of ownership and in its response to claims for works in the collection. If research demonstrates that a work of art has been stolen, confiscated or unlawfully appropriated without subsequent restitution, then the Museum will notify potential claimants, and seek to resolve the matter in an equitable, appropriate and mutually agreeable manner. A list of ownership resolutions at the Museum since the late 1990s can be found here,

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects.  The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.  Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions.  Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on  weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10.  Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free.  The MFA’s multi-media guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  For more information, visit or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

UMass Amerherst - Final Program: Heritage & Health‏


Heritage & Healthy Societies

Exploring the Links among Cultural Heritage, Environment, and Resilience


May 14-16, 2014, UMass Amherst


Conference registrants will receive a free, one-year online subscription to the journal Heritage & Society 


Join us! Click here to register now


Registration will also be available on site. Registration for the banquet dinner must be received by Sunday May 11.


Please note that we have made some changes to the schedule, and these are reflected in the final program. For more information about the conference, including conference themes and plenary speakers, please visit:


View the final program here

Plenary Speakers

  • Michael Herzfeld: Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
  • Rodney Harrison: Reader in Archaeology, Heritage and Museum Studies, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • Jane Grenville: Deputy Vice Chancellor, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York


Many thanks to our sponsors:

Centre for Heritage at Kent, University of Kent

The Jouskowsky Institute, Brown University

Sustainable Preservation Initiative

Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, UMass Amherst

International Programs Office, UMass Amherst

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UMass Amherst

UMass Departments including: History and Public History Program, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Anthropology

Maney Publishing


Jewish Revival in Contemporary Poland

The Annel and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life


Jewish Revival in Contemporary Poland

Geneviève Zubrycki

University of Michigan


Monday, May 12

7:30 p.m.



Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick

Free and open to the public – Free parking in deck behind Campus Center

For GPS search use 57 Lipman Drive


RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 848-932-2033


The Raoul Wallenberg Annual Program

Funded by Leon and Toby Cooperman



Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences



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Urban Preservation in Context: Challenges and New Approaches in the Mid-Atlantic Region




This workshop calls together preservationists, city planners, community leaders, academics and students to focus on new approaches to urban historic preservation and their relevance to urban conservation in New Jersey, New York, and the entire mid-Atlantic region. Central to our discussion will be the implementation of UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL, 2011).


DATE:    Friday, May 2, 2014

TIME:    10AM – 5PM (lunch will be provided, reception to follow)

LOCATION: Lower Dodge Gallery

            Zimmerli Art Museum

            Rutgers University

            71 Hamilton Street

            New Brunswick, NJ 08901 



10:00 – 10:05 Opening Remarks

10:05 – 10:35 Patricia O’Donnell, Historic Urban Landscapes: Integrating Culture &

Sustainability for a Vibrant Future through UNESCO HUL Mainstreaming 10:35 – 10:55 Conversation with Audience

11:00 – 11:20 Susan Gruel and Fred Heyer, HULs from the Bottom Up: What Does it Mean for Neighborhoods and Towns?

11:20 – 11:50 Conversation with Audience

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:05 – 1:25 Matthew Hill, From the Delaware Riverfront to Washington Square Park: The Historic Urban Landscape Approach in Philadelphia 1:25 – 1:55 Conversation with Audience

2:00 – 2:20 Gabrielle Esperdy, Entropic Snapshots of the Garden State: Defining Historic Urban Landscapes in the City of New Jersey 2:20 – 2:50 Conversation with Audience

3:00 – 4:00 Panel Discussion moderated by Adi Sela Wiener

4:00 – 5:00 Reception


This workshop is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.


Contact:  Geralyn Colvil at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Department of Art History
Voorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone 848.932.7041
Fax 732.932.1261