We welcome submissions of abstracts including but not limited to the following themes:

  • The identification of harmful substances in cultural and natural heritage objects, buildings, and sites 
  • Prevention of exposure and safety regulations in the heritage sector
  • Conservation ethics related to hazardous heritage 
  • Theoretical questions related to the heritage value and significance of hazardous heritage  
  • Hazardous heritage as ‘difficult’ heritage: community histories behind past use of hazardous materials, multi-voiced heritage practices, and participatory heritage evaluation 
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to working with hazardous materials in cultural heritage 

Participants are asked to indicate whether they prefer to present and submit an article or if they want to submit a poster, which will be exhibited for the entire duration of the conference. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and should be submitted by the 1st of June. Please include a title, names and affiliations of authors, and contact information for the corresponding author. The submissions should be in pdf format.

Submission of applications: hazardous.heritage@uantwerpen.be
Please submit emails with the following subject line: "abstract: name - title of the abstract"

Selected abstracts will be invited to write and present an article, or submit a poster. Acceptance will be announced in the first week of July. Accepted participants will receive a template for the article/poster and guidelines. 

Please note that a special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals will be based on papers from the conference. Selected papers may be invited for submission to this special issue. The deadline for article submission will be November 1, 2023. The maximum length of articles is around 5,000 words. More detailed writing guidelines will be provided later. For further information on the Collections journal, please visit the journal's webpage.