On behalf of Faculty of Geography and History from Universitat de València (Spain), European Journal of Science and Theology, Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” from Iaşi (România), Vatican Museums, Kermes Quaderni from Italy, Università degli Studi della Tuscia (Italy), Institute for Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage, Florence (Italy), Deutsches Kultur-Zentrum Iasi (România), Faculty of Orthodox Theology from Iasi (România), Reasearch Center of Ancient Cultures at the Univerdad Anahuac from Mexico, Faculty of Fine Arts from Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), Valencian Institute of Conservation, Restoration and Research (Spain), Spanish Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPC), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), Universitat Jaume I from Castellón (Spain), Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut from Berlin (Germany), Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia (Italy), Communications Faculty from Trnava (Slovakia), Spanish Committee of Art History and University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland as organizing and scientific committee, we warmly invite you to:

11th European Symposium on Religious Art, Restoration & Conservation (ESRARC 2019)

The Religious Art is part of Cultural and Spiritual Heritage, and its Preservation for the further generations, involving wide multidisciplinary approaches. The interaction between tangible and intangible aspects of the Religious Art has recently been bringing together, thanks to plenty of interdisciplinary studies. Specialists in History, Theology, Arts, Conservation Sciences, in Marketing and Mass Media Communication will add some knowledge and enhance the overall and intrinsic heritage values of this kind.


Topics of interest to the conference are as follows:

A. Socio-spiritual values of the religious art

  1. A1 – Artistic and cultural evaluation
  2. A2 – Historic, theological and social perspectives (past and present)
  3. A3 – Religion and modern cross-cultural communication
  4. A4 – Religion and globalization
  5. A5 – Religion, terror and the role of cultural heritage
  6. A6 – Inventory of monuments and religious heritage (archaeological aspects)

B. Iconography and Iconology

  1. B1 – Image and Symbol in Antiquity
  2. B2 – Image and Symbol in Middle Ages
  3. B3 – Image and Symbol in the Modern Age
  4. B4 – Image and Symbol in Contemporary Art
  5. B5 – Image and religious symbol in the cultures of the Far East: from the past to the present
  6. B6 – Image and religious symbol in American cultures: from the past to the present

C. Conservation, Restoration and Diagnostics of Religious Cultural Heritage

  1. C1 – Environmental impact
  2. C2 – Analytical, diagnostic and intervention methodologies
  3. C3 – New materials for conservation and restoration
  4. C4 – Monitoring and scheduled maintenance
  5. C5 – Protection of the archaeological heritage. Legal and practical aspects

D. Materiality and Meaning in Religious Art and Architecture

  1. D1 – Architecture
  2. D2 – Paintings
  3. D3 – Sculpture
  4. D4 – Textile Art
  5. D5 – Ceramic Art
  6. D6 – Art of Illustration
  7. D7 – Other Arts

E. Space, cultural heritage and development

  1. E1 – The geography of the religious cultural heritage
  2. E2 – The geography of the rural and urban sacred rite
  3. E3 – Enhancement of Symbolic and Religious Landscapes
  4. E4 – Geography of religious tourism: impacts and benefits

F. Sacral sights in the light of tourist trade marketing

  1. F1 – Marketing of sacral sights as universal cultural heritage
  2. F2 – Sacral sights as new dimension of secular tourism
  3. F3 – Sociocultural development in regions
  4. F4 – Sacral sights as new tools of war/as tools of politics
  5. F5 – Sacral sights and securitization discourses
  6. F6 – Sacral sights and cultural identity
  7. F7 – Archaeological heritage preservation and tourism
  8. F8 – Religious/cultural heritage and the public. Education and research

G. Religions and Media Communication

  1. G1 – Religious media and their audience
  2. G2 – Modern communication of world religions
  3. G3 – Media reflection of religions