EthCon is an Erasmus project jointly organized by three institutions teaching conservation: HAWK University for Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim (Germany), Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
EthCon is funded as an “Intensive Program” within the European Lifelong Learning Program over the period of three years. Each year a two-week seminar brings together students, teachers and museum specialists working with ethnographic objects in various ways. The aim is to develop an ethical framework to discuss the complex issues that occur when confronted with the analysis and treatment of these objects, in order to develop an interdisciplinary methodology for the conservation of ethnographic collections. Students in conservation, science, and anthropology will learn to assess the risks for these kinds of collections and what kind of decisions can be made to reduce those risks. Teachers and students will learn to work with the didactic concept of ‘communities of inquiry’ and advance interdisciplinary and international cooperation in teaching in conservation of cultural heritage.