Successful interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for meaningful conservation actions. A shared understanding of core principles of the diverse fields involved is the basis on which such collaboration is built. In order to strengthen this crucial capacity in today’s and tomorrow’s heritage professionals, communication and teaching skills must be developed on a continual basis. Nevertheless, conservation education programmes and professional development activities are under pressure to deliver more content in less time. Now is the moment to rethink our way of teaching and to explore the potential of new didactic approaches, both face-to-face and virtual, to learn about conservation and science.
Over two weeks we'll explore innovative and effective modalities of learning and teaching core concepts of conservation and science, by working on issues identified by the participants and course team. The Summer School will also discuss new approaches and tools for designing educational programmes and training activities.
ICCROM's Summer School 2019 will take place at Saga University, Arita, Japan. The town of Arita is well-known for its long living tradition of ceramic production, and for being an important preservation district of historic buildings in Japan. The course activities will greatly benefit from this resource-rich and inspiring context.
This intensive teaching and learning experience will consist of highly interactive sessions at different didactic spaces of Saga University (Arita Campus), including the on-campus Digital Lab. Off campus activities will include field work, study visits/tours, and documenting the work of Living National Treasurers in Arita, Saga city, and other relevant locations of the Kyushu region. An online environment for the course activities will be provided by Athabasca University. The working language will be English.
The Summer School will take place shortly after the General Conference of ICOM in Kyoto, providing an opportunity for those interested to participate in both events.
Participants will be up to 16 heritage professionals, with at least three years of experience in teaching, either full-time (universities and conservation schools) or alongside another professional practice. The course team will consist of conservation, science and education specialists from the ICCROM network and beyond.
Course fee: 600 euros
Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to Arita, Japan and for their living costs, including accommodation. Living costs will amount to approximately 900 euros. A limited number of scholarships will be available.