ICCROM webinars on Heritage and Pandemics

- Invitation to join -

Dear Members of the FAC and ITC network,

We are pleased to share the programme of ICCROM's upcoming Lecture Series GLOBAL VOICES: HERITAGE AND PANDEMICS.

1-hour panel | 15 May 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)

Gathering reliable and consistent information during an emergency can be challenging, yet it is crucial to inform actions to save lives and secure property. But how can one analyse an unfolding crisis?  ICCROM's Alumni of the international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) share experiences, from different parts of the world, on how cultural heritage and its bearers have been impacted, what is at stake and who can help? Tool introduced: situation analysis. A tools that will help identify priorities for response and early recovery with special reference to heritage sector.


2.    Heritage: Alternate Uses and Re-opening Cultural Places                           

1 hour | 22 May 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)

How can a heritage site be used for an alternative function during this pandemic? How can staff be prepared to deal with the maintenance work and potential hazards during the partial or total closure of a site?  What measures are to be taken when reopening a heritage site or a memory institution such as a museum? Some of the questions that will be discussed are based on the testing of ICCROM's knowledge tools in Honduras and USA. Specific COVID- 19 related tools and checklists developed will be shared.


3.    Saving Lives and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Crises

1 hour | 29 May 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)

COVID-19, lockdowns, movement restrictions have brought our daily lives to a standstill in almost every country in the world. It has hugely impacted large economies, but it has disproportionately affected the livelihoods of the most marginalised people. Cultural bearers, artisans, traditional livelihoods, and many others whose survival and well-being are dependent on the practices of cultural heritage are among those who are worst affected. In order to save lives and cultural heritage in crises, a collaboration needs to be forged between humanitarian aid and cultural sectors. This webinar will bring reflections and learnings from the lens of a Humanitarian Aid Worker and Cultural First Aider, on how we can reach, understand, connect and work better with communities and cultures in crises.  


4.    Psycho-social Support During a Crisis       

1 hour | 05 June 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)

Is it possible to meet all the expectations at work from home, especially if that person is a cultural bearer or heritage professional? This webinar brings reflections on the need of psycho-social support during the ongoing pandemic. Panellists will provide key recommendations for professionals within the heritage sector, reflecting on: stress management, coping capacities, as well as peer-to-peer support.


5.    Accessing Heritage During a Pandemic       

1 hour | 12 June 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)

How can we access and keep in touch with cultural heritage during a pandemic? How can we be inspired by cultural heritage to develop our own art and craft activities? The webinar will reflect on exploiting digital possibilities that allow appropriating cultural heritage in ways that it is not possible with a physical approach, offering digital connections and tools for people in different geographical areas to come together and interact via this 'virtual' heritage, while ultimately keep building it together.


6.    Traditional Knowledge for Resilience in Post-COVID  

1 hour | 19 June 2020 at 13:00 (GMT+2)

COVID-19 has not caused the first pandemic in the history of human existence, proving humanity to be resilient enough to survive through a long history of pandemics, among other globally-impactful natural and/or human-induced hazards. The example of Egypt will be used to address the global question of how traditional knowledge, as a cultural tool, is vital to close gaps in state-led pandemic responses, build resilience in post-pandemic recovery, as well as address the challenges and possible ways to mainstreaming traditional knowledge, response and recovery strategies and plans.


For further information regarding this upcoming webinar series, please click here.


Related resources:

·         https://www.iccrom.org/heritage-times-covid

·         https://www.iccrom.org/tools-identifying-risks-monitoring-impacts-assessing-needs

·         https://www.iccrom.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/fac_handbook_print_oct-2018_final.pdf

·         https://www.iccrom.org/section/disaster-resilient-heritage/first-aid-and-resilience-cultural- heritage-times-crisis-far