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Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation

Thematic Week (Leuven, February 3-6, 2015)


We are very pleased to announce the Thematic Week which will be held at Kasteelpark Arenberg from 3-6 February 2015 on the topic :
“Heritage counts – International conference on the economic, social, environmental and cultural impact of immovable heritage”.

The idea of immovable heritage as a "capital of irreplaceable cultural, social and economic value" was already present in the European Charter of the Architectural Heritage, adopted by the Council of Europe in 1975. Today, the discourse is receiving increasingly more attention on the research agenda. Some argue that, although heritage is always valued highly, the current interest in the impact of heritage is caused by the democratization of heritage and the increased importance of heritage in today’s society. Others argue that a universal scarcity of funds for heritage management and conservation is becoming increasingly pertinent.

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RLICC Newsletter Issue 13, Spring 2014


by Minja Yang, President of the RLICC

As the concept of heritage expands, community-participation in cultural heritage protection, conservation and enhancement is recognized as a necessity by all national and local authorities as well as by the private sector and associations concerned with heritage. But how exactly is the community to be involved and what does one mean by “community”, and furthermore, what advantages can heritage bring to them? The International Thematic Week held earlier this year attempted to address this issue, notably through a variety of case studies around the world, aimed to clarify this nebulous concept.

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Thematic Week (Leuven, 22nd - 24th January 2014)










We are pleased to invite you to the thematic week which will be held at the Arenberg Castle (auditorium 01.07) from 22 to 24 January 2014 on the theme :
"Community involvement in valuing and managing monuments and sites"

The value of heritage for society is increasingly underscored. This goes hand in hand with a growing interest for the involvement of local communities (the heirs of that local heritage) in the management plans of heritage sites. However, the discourse of community participation is very ambitious and not easy to apply. The 2014 Thematic Week will overview the origin of this discourse. Problems and shortcomings in relation to community involvement will be addressed and challenging practices will be evaluated. The field of immovable heritage seems to lag back in involving community in valuing and managing heritage compared to other heritage field. This is a good reason to widen the focus for this debate. 

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PRECOM³OS Book Publication

Reflections on Preventive Conservation, Maintenance and Monitoring of Monuments and Sites

It identifies and analyses awakening trends that were observed within the activities of the UNESCO PRECOM³OS Chair.Furthermore, it aims at promoting further international collaboration and the development of research activities which are necessary in the field of preventive conservation, maintenance and monitoring of monuments and sites.

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RLICC Newsletter Issue 12, Autumn 2013


by Minja Yang, President of the RLICC

As we begin the new academic year 2013-2014, we are again reminded of the new challenges faced by our Centre’s mandate to train the next generation of heritage managers - as qualified heritage conservators based on an interdisciplinary understanding of the issues imbedded in “culture” in general and in the natural and social environment which contextualizes the specificity of each cultural asset. During the last academic year, the intensification of violence in Syria left no doubt over the damage caused to the rich cultural sites of the nation. While efforts to halt the loss of lives and the cruel maiming of the people of Syria caused by armed conflict must undoubtedly remain the first concern, protection of heritage, the memory of a nation must also be considered an international priority. But what can we conservators do, what is our role in the protection, conservation and valorization of heritage in times of armed conflict?

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Master of Conservation

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa


Students from South Africa who would like to study at the RLICC can apply for a ema2sa or 'Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa' scholarship.
Please visit  www.ema2sa.eu for more detailed information

JoinEU-SEE Scholarship

Students from Western Balkan countries can apply for a JoinEU-SEE scholarship.
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