ATHAR Programme - Course on Conservation and Management of Heritage Sites in the Arab Region
Under the patronage of H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi
Dates: 27 October - 4 December 2008
Place: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
- ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
- The Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates:
- DGCS Directorate General of Development Co-operation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Background and aims
This Core Regional Course aims at establishing and developing professional qualifications and building the capacity of conservation professionals in the Arab Region and in the field of cultural heritage conservation. The overall goal of the ATHAR programme is to protect and promote the rich cultural heritage in the Arab region, and broaden access, appreciation and understanding of its past.
This is a foundation course. It will be followed by two specialized courses in 2009. Attendance on the foundation course is a prerequisite for attendance on the specialized ones. Endorsing institutions should note that applicants will be expected to complete the full cycle of all three courses.
Course Objectives and Expected Results
By the end of the course, participants will have acquired a critical approach to the conservation of heritage sites by:
- understanding the basic (international) principles of heritage conservation processes in order to devise informed strategies for the conservation of heritage sites;
- documenting and analysing existing physical conditions of heritage sites, diagnosing causes of deterioration, and assessing legal and institutional contexts;
- recognizing methods for the identification of heritage sites and defining their significance;
- identifying priorities for appropriate conservation interventions at an heritage site.
The course is intended for 20–25 participants with varied profiles (site managers, conservators, archaeologists, architects, planners, tourism development experts, etc.) from the Arab countries. Admission to the course will be subject to selection criteria including:
- Professional background: at least a BA in a relevant field of study.
- Employment: priority is given to government employees or government-affiliated professionals.
- Work experience: those who have already gained at least 3 years practical and research experience in the field will have priority.
- Letter of intent: 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.
- Financial resources/support: a request for financial support, or the availability of other sources, should be indicated in the application form. The organizing institutions will provide financial support only upon request (subject to evaluation), to cover accommodation, meals and travel to Sharjah during the course.
- Insurance: all participants should also have health and accident insurance. Upon selection, they should return to ICCROM a signed medical and accident participant's release form.
- Working languages: the working languages will be both Arabic and English. Proficiency in English will be required particularly for research work and reading of reference materials.
- Applications: please use the application form available on this web site. Applications should be endorsed by the relevant ministry (Ministry of Culture or Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) in the candidate’s home country. The completed forms should be sent to the following address:
Via di San Michele, 13
Email: athar (at) iccrom . org
Application deadline: 6 June 2008
The main partner institutions will make the final selection of applicants according to these requirements. A certificate of attendance will be given to those participants who will successfully complete the course cycle, of one foundation course and two specialized courses envisaged in 2009.
with special contribution of: