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  e­conservation the online magazine No. 22, November 2011 E DITORIAL NEWS & VIEWS 4 The Nomad Conservator By Rui Bordalo 5 Intangible Cultural Heritage and Rise of the Meme By Daniel Cull 8 On Some Problems of the Relationship Between Science and Conservation By António João Cruz 14 Historic Conservation Project Begins at “Machu Picchu of the North” By Global Heritage Fund 18 Conservation Matters in Wales Review by Johanna Sandström 22 Microscopy and Microanalysis Applications in Cultura
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  e - conservation the online magazine No. 22, November 2011  4 The Nomad Conservator By Rui Bordalo Intangible Cultural Heritage and Rise of the Meme By Daniel Cull On Some Problems of the Relationship Between Scienceand Conservation By António João Cruz  Historic Conservation Project Begins at “Machu Picchu of the North” By Global Heritage Fund  Conservation Matters in Wales Review by Johanna Sandström Microscopy and Microanalysis Applications in Cultural HeritageResearch Review by Ana Bidarra MATCONS 2011 Review by Teodora Poiata ICOM‐CC 16 th Triennial Conference Review by Rui Bordalo The External Ion Beam Facility in Portugal for StudyingCultural Heritag e By Victoria Corregidor, Luís Cerqueira Alves, Paula Alexandra Rodrigues,Márcia Vilarigues, Rui C. Silva The Contribution of Transmitted Infrared Imaging toNon‐Invasive Study of Canvas Paintings at the National Gallery– Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Greece By Anna Moutsatsou, Dimitra Skapoula, Michael Doulgeridis Chinese Islamic Scrolls: a Conservation Case Study By Aristoteles Sakellariou, Lalit Kumar Pathak, Siti Yuhainizar Mohd Ismail Conservation Intervention of Vernacular Architectures:Two Case Studies in Calabria, Italy By Alessia Bianco 562 53 3314742282718 A RTICLES N EWS & V IEWS E DITORIAL       i    n      d    e    x 40 e‐conservation      e      d      i      t    o    r      i    a      l The Nomad Conservator  When the computer gained a permanent place in our houses, teleworking or rather the homebased work revolution started. But conservation is not one of those professions you can carry out from your computer at home, unless you are working in documentation. On the contrary,conservation has always been work that needs to be done somewhere else. In modern times, thisphenomena has reached a dimension never seen before.We often complain about the problems of modern times. We don’t have major revolutions or worldwars but things are changing more than we care to notice. It has never been easier or cheaper totravel, just as it seems that it has never been more difficult to hold on to a job. Mobility is theword of reference nowadays. Long‐term contracts are so difficult to get that we must considerthem long gone. Short‐term contracts, and/or freelancing, are here to stay and dictate our lives.It is now pretty common to be 35 to 40 years old and have spent the last 10 to 15 years going fromproject to project, either at academia, in the museum field or in the private sector.Nowadays, mobility is considered as a necessary requirement for the modern work market. Inconservation we may contemplate three main types of mobility: micro‐mobility, when you moveinside the region where you live; macro‐mobility, when you move continually around yourcountry, which means not going home very often; and inter‐mobility, when you move to anothercountry either permanently or for long‐term periods (2‐5 years).Mobility is great! It allows you to travel, see the world, and if you don’t like something you canalways move on to your next target. But it also does not allow you to plan your future, knowwhere you will be living in a few years time, create roots in your community or raise a family,basically it doesn’t let you settle down .This is the true nature of conservation: to go “in situ”, where you are needed, although you might say it has now turned into “to go anywhere you get the chance to”. The whole initial concept isvery attractive, to search for a better place, to always move for the better, but when better is not available and you need to move on because your last work or project is just finishing, then it turnsinto a matter of survival.This may be seen as a sign of present times and not as a major problem. As a factor that is shapingthe actual generation of conservator‐restorers and that will probably change the way that conservation is done, I believe it deserves some reflection. Rui BordaloEditor‐in‐Chief  e‐conservation
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