We are pleased to welcome Muriel Verbeeck, a Belgian national, who will conduct research at ICCROM until the end of April 2017.
Muriel Verbeeck is professor and researcher at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège and the University of Liège (Joint Research Unit, “Art, Architecture and Heritage”). While at ICCROM she will carry out research in the Archives and Library.
Muriel’s work deals with both the history of conservation-restoration theories, in particular the contribution of Paul Philippot, and the conceptualization of restoration in contemporary art. She will draw from her study period at ICCROM to inform her teaching (ethics, history and theories of restoration), as well as a series of papers and publications brought together into a book proposal (Conceptual tools for conservators).
Member State represented: Belgium
ICCROM is pleased to welcome Luis Pérez-Prat Durbán and María del Valle Gómez de Terreros Guardiola, from Spain. Both Visiting Researchers are full professors at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville.
Their joint research project, funded by the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, specifically relates to international criteria applied to restoration of archaeological remains and ruined monuments; intentional destruction of cultural heritage, especially in the cases of Mali, Libya, Iraq and Syria; cultural heritage and Holocaust; and protection of ruins included in the World Heritage List. The project aims to analyse the efficiency of cultural heritage protection regulations, evaluating whether current legislation successfully fulfils its heritage protection objectives.
Member State represented: Spain
Pingli Feng will be carrying out a fellowship at ICCROM until mid December. She is a trained conservator who has been working since 2009 at the Conservation and Restoration Center of Cultural Heritage at Sichuan Museum in China. She is also completing a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology at Sichuan University in Chengdu.
Through her work at the Sichuan Museum, she has been involved in both the research and practice of conservation and restoration, focusing primarily on risk assessments of museum collection. This angle comes as a result of her participation in the 2014 course on Reducing Risks to Collections organized by ICCROM, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) and the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH).
While at ICCROM, she will use the ICCROM Library and Archives for her research on Risk Assessment of Climate-Induced Damage in Museum Collections of the Sichuan Region.
Maria Chiara Belloni is currently undertaking a Master’s in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance at the University of Padova, Italy. She is writing her thesis on the concept of cultural heritage as a human right.
She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Communication from the University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy. Her previous experience in this field includes voluntary work at the Festival of Architecture in Perugia, and working as freelance photographer.
While at ICCROM, Maria Chiara Belloni will be carrying out research for the Office of the Director-General on possible guidelines concerning cultural heritage and human rights.
Anna Kozlova, a Russian and Canadian national, is currently completing a Master’s in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus, Germany. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication Studies, with a minor in Law from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. During her undergraduate studies, Anna spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Trento in Italy, where she took courses focused in the area of European politics and culture. Anna’s past work experience includes an internship at Volonterski Centar (an NGO based in Osijek, Croatia), the National Gallery of Canada, and most recently, working as a researcher at the Lev Tolstoy Museum in Moscow, Russia.
During her time at ICCROM, Anna will be working with the Knowledge and Communications Services department to update and amplify ICCROM’s presence on Wikipedia in a range of languages, including Russian. She will also assist in outreach activities with the Russian Federation and Central Asia.
We are pleased to announce that Ms Alicia Pol Méndez, Spanish currently living in London, will undertake an internship at ICCROM from 4 April to 30 June 2016.
Alicia is a trilingual art historian and project manager with experience in marketing, university, museum settings and cultural cooperation in the field (including Bosnia, Peru and Morocco). She holds a MA in Cultural Management from the University of Seville, Spain, and the Diplôme des Grandes Ecoles in Museology from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, France.
Her internship will focus on the improvement of the social media and communication tools of the LATAM Programme, such as the Newsletter and the Facebook Group, the updating of the contact lists, and the production of thematic content items for the LATAM community.
Golnoosh Mozafari has recently completed her master’s degree in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany. She wrote her Dissertation on the “Analysis of appropriateness of urban spaces in relation to behavioural patterns of the local community”. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of Tehran, Iran. In March 2015, she was counselling the nomination process for DOCOMOMO registration of modern buildings in Iran. Other relevant previous experience of her includes coordinating international events in Centre of Excellence in Architectural Technology (CEAT), University of Tehran for two years.
While at ICCROM, Golnoosh Mozafari will be working on the Living Heritage Programme at the Sites Unit.
We are pleased to welcome Dr Michael Falser from Austria who will be with us a visiting researcher from mid-May to end of July 2016. Michael is a trained preservation architect and art historian (MSc, MA and PhD in Vienna and Berlin) and is currently project leader for cultural heritage studies at the Chair of Global Art History within the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context. The Dynamics of Transculturality’ at Heidelberg University/Germany.
During his time in Rome, Michael will consult ICCROM’s scientific library and archive in order to finalize his monograph, “Angkor Wat. From Jungle Find to Global Icon – A Transcultural History of Heritage”. This project intends to unravel the formation of the modern concept of cultural heritage by charting its colonial, postcolonial-nationalist and global trajectories. By bringing to light many unresearched dimensions of the 12th Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat during its modern history, the study argues for a conceptual, connected history that unfolded within the transcultural interstices of European and Asian projects. It discusses the multiple lives of Angkor Wat from its ‘discovery’ in the 19th century, and its physical representations in museums and universal/colonial exhibitions in France, to on-site restoration efforts inside the ‘Archaeological Park of Angkor’, and finally as a global icon of UNESCO World Heritage. Especially this last aspect touches upon ICCROM’s institutional involvement at the site of Angkor since the early 1990s.
ICCROM is pleased to welcome Anait Abramyan from the Russian Federation. She will be joining us until mid-June.
Anait Abramyan is in her second year at the University of La Sapienza in Rome, where she is undertaking a degree in art history. Previously she studied law at the Lomonosov State University in Moscow as well as at its International Centre for International Law in Geneva, Switzerland.
This is Anait’s second visit to ICCROM; in 2014 she was a Visiting Researcher at ICCROM and at the UNIDROIT Library in Rome, researching the legal protection of cultural heritage.
While at ICCROM, Anait Abramyan will explore the ICCROM Library, learning about and participating in its activities.
Member State represented: Russian Federation
ICCROM is pleased to welcome Nicole Franceschini from Italy. She will be joining us until the end of May.
Nicole Franceschini is in the second year of the Master program in World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenber (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg). She was elected treasurer of the World Heritage Studies Students Council and she is the BTU Student Ambassador, collaborating with the Presidential office for welcoming foreign delegations visiting the university. Last October, she collaborated as a volunteer on the organization of the BTU-UNESCO International Workshop entitled “Implementation of the World Heritage Committee’s Decision 36 COM 5C on the Integration of a Sustainable Development Perspective within the Processes of the World Heritage Convention”
While at ICCROM, Nicole Franceschini will be working on the World Heritage Programme with Joe King and Gamini Wijesuriya at the Sites Unit.
Member State represented: Italy