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Call for abstracts: international symposium Paul Coremans (1908-1965): a Belgian Monuments Man and his Impact on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage worldwide

The Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) organizes an international symposium in honour of its founder and first director Paul Coremans (1908-1965), on 15-17 June 2015. Fifty years after he passed away, it is a unique opportunity to look back at his extraordinary career. The impact of his innovative ideas and vision on the conservation and restoration of works of art has been of paramount importance on both a national and international level. His views, thoughts and achievements in the field will be the focus of this international event.

This symposium will highlight Paul Coremans’s broad-ranging fields of interest: the conservation of works of art in museums, preventive conservation/climate control, the protection of cultural heritage in times of war, the status and role of the restorer, the importance of photographic documentation and scientific research, and the forgery of works of art. Coremans’s firmly held belief in the value of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of works of art will also be considered.

Four major themes will be treated:

– Theme I. Paul Coremans and the world of museums
– Theme II. Paul Coremans and the interdisciplinary approach to the study of works of art
– Theme III. Paul Coremans and the protection of works of art in times of war
– Theme IV. Paul Coremans and de protection of world heritage

The 20 minute contributions need to revisit the past in the light of current issues.

The main language of the symposium will be English, but papers in Dutch, German and French are welcome as well.

You are kindly invited to submit a 250 to 300-word abstract along with a one-page CV by email to

All proposals received will be acknowledged and submitted to the Selection Committee. The papers will be published in the Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage after the Symposium.

Deadlines (updated on 19 November 2014)

20 December 2014: submission of abstracts
– 26 January 2015: notification of acceptance
– 1 February 2015: early registrations for the Symposium
– 1 May 2015 : registrations for the Symposium
– 1 June 2015 : end of the registrations

Scientific Committee:

Christina Ceulemans
Marie-Christine Claes
Hilde De Clercq
Dominique Deneffe
Hélène Dubois
Dominique Vanwijnsberghe