CALL FOR PAPERS
NEW DIMENSIONS IN ORGAN CONSERVATION AND DOCUMENTATION
AN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM CO-SPONSORED BY
THE AMERICAN ORGAN ARCHIVES OF THE ORGAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND THE EASTMAN
ROCHESTER ORGAN INITIATIVE
The University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
October 11-13, 2007
Directors: Hans Davidsson and Laurence Libin
Intended primarily for organists, organ builders and historians, professional
conservators, and instrument custodians, this symposium explores fresh
approaches and new technologies for documenting and preserving pipe organs of all
periods. Topics under consideration include critical studies of successful and
failed conservation projects; forging partnerships among builders,
conservators, owners, and agencies responsible for historical monuments;
practical approaches to problems of environmental, biological, and age-related
deterioration; security and fire protection; techniques for minimizing wear from use; dealing
with obsolete electrical components and degraded synthetic materials;
replication and restoration as adjuncts to scientific conservation; forensic
methods of investigation; oral histories as documentation; and modern means for storing
and disseminating information, including visual and aural evidence.
Proposals for papers on these and related topics are welcome. The deadline
for receipt of proposals, by e-mail only, is March 1, 2007. Notification of
acceptance will occur within six weeks of the deadline. Participants are expected
to bear costs of transportation, lodging and meals.
Guidelines for submitting proposals: Detailed abstracts of 750 to 1000 words,
plus, where relevant, a bibliography or list of sources, should be sent
together with a brief curriculum vitae, an estimate of time needed for
presentation (up to 40 minutes), and any audio/visual equipment requirements, to the
Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected papers may be considered for publication in The Tracker, the journal
of the Organ Historical Society.