Re: Conferences - Fees and Conference Lectures

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Posted by Alberto Boralevi on January 15, 1999 at 03:24:55:

In Reply to: Re: Conferences - Fees posted by Marvin Amstey on January 12, 1999 at 14:21:27:

: Dear Alberto,

: Your English is fine, and it is a pleasure having you participate in our discussions. I hope we hear more from you in the future.

: I wish to comment on one point in your commentary: the titles of some of the events, 15th c. carpets in paintings and felt production, are examples of things already published in Hali and elsewhere. Unless something new is going to be said, it is rather boring to hear a topic about which one can read before the presentation. For example, in our medical and scientific meetings, we purposefully forbid presentation of previously published material. In other words, it all has to be new information. I hope that is the case with the topics and speakers which your committee is selecting.

: I also hope I will be able to go to the conference mostly for the exhibitions and informal meetings that you discuss. Unfortunately, going to Italy for a week is not an inexpensive event. That same money can be used towards a wonderful carpet.

: Best regards,
: Marvin

Dear Marvin,
I am sorry for the delay with which I am answering.
ICOC is not an academic Institution, but we are not completeley unaware of the rules of a scientific conference.
Personally I have been working more than ten years as a researcher in the Department of Architectural History in Florence and also in that of Museology in the International University of Art, still in Florence.
I have been involved in several 'academic' conferences at taht time. We also have members who are professionally academic, like Walter Denny, for instance.
If you read the Call for Papers, published in Hali, Ghereh and in few websites that have accepted it, yo will find stated that: "All papers submitted must consist of original and previously unpublished work".
The maximum lenght fixed for presentation is 20 minutes, because we would like to encourage discussion. This too is stated in the Call for Papers: "The Committee envisages both the Special and the General Sessions as highly focused and structured: a Chair and a Discussant appointed by the Committee for each session will facilitate discussion".
The topics of the special sessions have been selected in order to focus the discussion on particular arguments, that we consider interesting. The correct title of the one I have mentioned as an example is: "Carpet groups and typologies in Italy in the 14-15th centuries". We are not yet sure that we will be able to organise it properly. It should concern with recent discoveries of early examples, like the group found in Tibet (the pieces in Kirchheim's Collection and in the Metropolitan Museum), which has not yet been scientifically discussed.
We are looking for contributions from various disciplines: not only carpet experts, but also Islamists and Art Historians. Even if this is not official nor fixed, I can anticipate that some new examples, recently found and never published will be presented.
The 'Felt' session came after a proposal of Elena Tsareva, who has also managed to send us an exhibition of Central Asian and Caucasian felts from the collections of S.Petersburgh Museums. This will include also some of the Pazyryk stuff.
The proposals for this session are half from Russian experts and some from specialist and collectors from other areas.
Another special session will be on Moroccan weavings, a field that has been studied a lot in recent time, but on which I am sure that we can make more interesting discoveries.
I cannot say more because, as it often happens, especially in Italy, we shall be waiting till the last minute before we know what is really going on.
I thank you all for your great interest in what we are trying to do.
Alberto Boralevi

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