The American Institute for Roman Culture sponsors a conference involving a broad range of stakeholders to discuss new ways to preserve global cultural heritage sites that do not have the benefit of UNESCO World Heritage status.
The first annual Unlisted conference was held April 15-16, 2011.
The second annual Unlisted conference was held March 23-24, 2012.
Third Annual Unlisted Conference on Archaeological Cultural Heritage
April 18, 2013 4-7 PM
“Cultural Heritage in Digital Media:
Conversation for Conservation, Sustaining Global Storytelling Online”
In light of contemporary conflicts of war and political upheaval, economic crises, growth in international tourism, and rapid urban expansion that threaten heritage sites, new and innovative ways must be found to engage the public in order to more effectively conserve the past while increasing the accessibility and visibility of sites around the world. In recent years, the labeling of certain sites has brought greater attention to conservation and increased funding for a few, select sites (e.g., UNESCO world heritage list, WMF watch list) but at the cost of the thousands of significant sites that do not benefit from special labels or increased funding. The vast majority of the world’s archaeological sites are, in short, unlisted and undervalued by the current scheme.
In response, in 2011 the American Institute for Roman Culture, in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of
Cultural Heritage, General Directorate of Management and Promotion of Cultural Heritage (with then-director Mario Resca), launched ‘Unlisted’ – an annual forum and conference aimed at re-conceptualizing the way archaeological conservation is practiced. The principal aim of the conference is to bring together a diverse array of experts and organizations to create sustainable models for archaeological conservation and site development and engage the public at large that ultimately will decide the fate of cultural heritage. Recognized authorities on conservation, archaeology, business, economics, media and law have signed on to be members of this diverse and unique forum.
THEME FOR 2013: “Conversation for Conservation”
How is it possible to foster sustainable support for archaeological cultural heritage and make contributions with lasting impact?
Through engaging and involving a wider, more diverse community—the public at large—beyond the usual expert academic and scientific circles.
It is essential to tell a good story on a global level in an accessible manner through the various channels of digital media (e.g., FB, Twitter, Instagram), to foster conversation. This dialogue, in turn, leads to action, having a direct beneficial effect on sites and monuments because of the broad range of people and organizations involved through lasting partnerships and participation.
“Conversation for Conservation” will have a lasting, sustainable impact on the historic preservation of archaeological sites.
Each session will include 15 minutes per speaker, followed by open discussion. After the 3 sessions, there will be a moderated roundtable discussion with the invited participants.
• Stephan Faris—freelance journalist who writes for TIME (e.g., Gladiator tomb article)
• AIRC Documentary Films—Online videos/website rebuild to accommodate videos, Kickstarter online
documentary project "Digging History" (and see AIRC's videos page)
• Brent Huffman—Documentary film maker and professor at Medill - Northwestern University, currently
producing Kickstarter documentary project "The Buddhas of Mes Aynak" (and see his recent op-ed piece on CNN.com)
• Nicolee Drake—Professional photographer based in Rome with 207,000 Instagram followers
• Erica Firpo—Freelance writer and social media consultant
• Sam Horine—Professional photographer based in NYC with over 226,000 Instagram followers
Engaging a Global Audience and Funding
• Nexus Mundi Foundation
Engaging a Global Audience Through Digital Media
(FB, Twitter, Instagram, iPetition, Kickstarter)
• Roundtable discussion with invited participants—Case Study: Saving the Gladiator Tomb
Sala Vittoria Colonna
Via Colonna, 11
The conference can be followed via live streaming provided courtesy of Marconi University.
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