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The International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites, usually known as the VENICE CHARTER, was adopted by the ICOMOS – International Council of Monuments and Sites, following the 2nd International Congress of Architects and Technicians of Historic Monuments held in Venice from 25 to 31 May 1964. This groundbreaking document provided fundamental principles for the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites; since then, it has shaped the field of heritage safeguarding, guiding heritage professionals, policymakers, and communities in their efforts to protect and safeguard their cultural heritage. In the face of evolving societal, environmental, and cultural dynamics, it is crucial to revisit the principles laid out by the Venice Charter, complementing it accordingly to new challenging problems.

In May 2024 will be commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Venice Charter, a significant milestone in the history of heritage conservation. As we celebrate its anniversary, it becomes increasingly necessary to reflect on its legacy, examine its relevance in the face of contemporary challenges, and envision a path forward in light of new challenges and opportunities.

The international conference Venice Charter [Re]Framed: New Heritage Challenges aims to revisit the charter by critically examining its principles and exploring new challenges that have emerged in the heritage field still in the 20th century and into the 21st century. Our aim is to engage in interdisciplinary discussions, exchange knowledge, and propose innovative approaches to address the complexities of heritage conservation, bringing together a diverse community of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who are actively engaged in the preservation and management of cultural heritage. Through collaborative discussions, we seek to explore the emerging issues and pressing concerns that confront us in our collective efforts to safeguard our rich heritage.This conference wishes to provide a platform for critical dialogue, intellectual exchange, and innovative thinking.

We encourage scholars, researchers, professionals, and policymakers to join us in this enriching and thought-provoking conference, exploring the intersections of heritage, society, inclusivity, resilience and sustainability, as we navigate the new heritage challenges of our time.

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Photo: Great Ziggurat of Ur, partially rebuilt under Saddam Hussein’s government [Tla2006]

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