Prioritizing People in Ethical Decision-Making and Caring for Cultural Heritage Collections (Paperback)

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Prioritizing People in Ethical Decision-Making and Caring for Cultural Heritage Collections (Paperback)

By Nina Owczarek (Editor)

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While historically focusing on the object, the study of ethics in conservation has expanded to consider the human aspect of conservation work. This book offers a flexible framework to guide decision-making in line with this development, offering an inclusive, compassionate approach to collections care.

This edited volume contributes theories and international examples for advancing conservation practice and providing best practice for the field that centers people in conservation of cultural heritage and collections care. The first part examines the ethical theory that underpins conservation decision-making by challenging outdated norms, introducing updated methods, and demonstrating new ways to approach compassionate collections care. The second part considers the challenges of human-centered ethics in conservation practice, while the final part provides real-world examples and case studies of these best practices in action, including successful challenges to colonial authority. By presenting both theoretical and practical aspects of prioritizing people, this volume establishes the need for rethinking conservation approaches while demonstrating how to do so effectively.

Combining theory and practice, Prioritizing People in Ethical Decision-Making and Caring for Cultural Heritage Collections is valuable reading for conservation professionals, including collections managers, conservators, curators, and registrars. It will also benefit students working in Cultural Heritage Conservation, Museum studies, and Heritage Studies, as well as those taking courses in Art History and Anthropology.

Nina Owczarek (she/her) is Assistant Professor of conservation at the University of Delaware. She was previously Associate Conservator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where she worked for nine years. She is a graduate from New York University and a Fellow member of the American Institute for Conservation.
Product Details ISBN: 9781032342504
ISBN-10: 1032342501
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 203
Language: English