Center for the Global Study of Cultural Heritage and Culture
The Center for the Global Study of Cultural Heritage and Culture (CHC) was established at Kansai University in 2013 as a result of Kansai University's obtaining approval for the project, "Comprehensive Global Studies for Utilizing Cultural Heritage" as part of the Strategic Project to Support the Formation of Research Bases at Private Universities under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The project is planned for five years through 2017.
The launch of the CHC is due to the large success in the prior project, entitled "Research on Technological Development and Application for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties: Focusing on Egypt," which was implemented by the Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties (ICP) at Kansai University and sponsored by MEXT's Strategic Project to Support the Formation of Research Bases at Private Universities from 2008 to 2012.
In order to preserve and put cultural heritage to practical use, the CHC will promote research activities that transcend the boundaries of nations and academic disciplines-humanities or science, under the following four research groups: 1) the Egyptology and Egyptian Society Group, 2) the Cultural Heritage Restoration Group, 3) the International Culture Group, and 4) the Science and Technology Group. Working in these groups are experts in the fields of humanities such as Egyptology, modern Egyptian society, restoration of cultural heritage, and cross-cultural studies; or in science and engineering fields, including geotechnical and structural engineering, analytical chemistry, microbiology, high polymer chemistry, and multimedia engineering. These researchers, from Japan, Egypt, and Poland, will work jointly to achieve the center's mission to preserve and utilize cultural heritage worldwide.
The CHC is dedicated to the development of young researchers and to providing continuing education in the community as well as to advancing research on cultural heritage. We will organize lectures introducing specific restoration techniques and specialized information about Egyptology for these audiences. Also, the CHC will host various symposia and workshops, aiming to establish a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to cultural heritage preservation and utilization.
Announcement of the International Meeting "Saving Archaeological Heritage in Saqqara – Ten Years achievements of Kansai University Mission"
The Research Center is holding the International Meeting "Saving Archaeological Heritage in Saqqara – Ten Years achievements of Kansai University Mission" on November 8 and 9, 2017, at the Saqqara Palm Club, Egypt.
Kansai University is proceeding the project on conservation of cultural heritage, focusing on the Mastaba Idout in Saqqara, Egypt. The project has been continued for more than 10 years mainly by Institute for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Properties, ICP（2008-2013）and Center for the Global Study of Cultural Heritage and Culture, CHC（2013-2018）established in Kansai University. The project has achieved a plenty of research efforts through various approaches from Egyptology, Conservation Science, Biology, Engineering, Scientific Documentation, and Cultural Heritage Management. The International Meeting, titled “Saving Archaeological Heritage in Saqqara: Ten Years Achievements of Kansai University,” will provide an opportunity for sharing the research progress of comprehensive studies on Mastaba Idout among the experts of cultural heritage and related fields. Also the international meeting aims to have a discussion with local conservators about saving and utilizing the Saqqara archaeological heritage in the future.
Day 1 : 8th November
Session 1: Introduction: Kansai University Mission and Saqqara
1. Ten Years of Kansai University Mission
Hiroshi SUITA, Kaoru SUEMORI
2. Saqqara Archaeological Heritage
Session 2: Conservation of Mural Paintings
1. Conservation of Mural Paintings in Saqqara
2. Mural Paintings in Asia:
Deterioration Factors to the Paintings of Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China
Tadateru NISHIURA, Masaaki SAWADA
3. Conservation of Mural Paintings in the Saint Nicolaus Church in Warta, Poland
Rafał KUHN, Paulina JUSZCZYK
Session 3: Biodeterioration of Cultural Heritage
1. Biodeterioration of Cultural Heritage in Egypt
2. Biodeterioration of Cultural Heritage in Japan
Kosuke TAKATORI, Tetsuaki TSUCHIDO
Day 2 : 9th November
Session 4: Consolidation/Reinforcement of Rock/Stone in Archaeological Heritage
1. Effect of Rock Nature on Mastaba Idout
2.Consolidation/Reinforcement of Mother Rock of Mastaba Idout
Yoshinobu NAKAMURA, Hiroaki TSURUTA,Tatsuaki NISHIGATA, Atsushi ITO
3. Conservation of Bayon Temple in Angkor, Cambodia
Session 5: Documentation of Archaeological Heritage
1. 3D Digitalization in Mastaba Idout
2. Reconstruction of the Paintings in Mastaba Idout
Hiroshi SUITA, Mariko SUITA,Tokihisa HIGO
Session 6: Site Management of Archaeological Heritage
1. Site Management of Saqqara Archaeological Heritage
Mostafa ABDELFATAH, Ashraf EWAIS
2. Site Management in Bahrain
Session 7: Discussion - Issues on Saving Saqqara Archaeological Heritage for the Future
The Second Seminar on Egyptology and Monuments
The CHC invites eight researchers from the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University. The second "Seminar on Egyptology and Monuments" will be held in January 23rd and 24th, 2016. The seminar will be the second attempt in Japan to approach the research fields of Egyptology and monument preservation in Egypt in a technical and multifaceted fashion.
1/23 (Sat): Conservation and Restoration
1 10:40-12:10 Salwa Gadelkari
A study of Deterioration and Conservation of Archaeological Glass
2 13:00-14:30 Wafika Noshy Wahba
The Conservation Treatments of Papyri and Manuscripts
3 14:40-16:10 Elsayed Mahmoud El-banna
The Conversation of Historic Areas in the International Charters and Conferences
4 16:20-17:50 Gomaa Abdelmaksoud
Experimental and Applied Studies for the Conservation Treatment of Archaeological Mummies
1/24 (Sun): Egyptology
1 10:40-12:10 Mostafa Khalifa
Hunting Scenes in prehistoric and Archaic Egypt
2 13:00-14:30 Zakia Zaki Gameleldeen
The Royal Threat and its Historical Background
3 14:40-16:10 Solyiman Elhewaily
The Intercession Scenes in Ancient Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals
4 16:20-17:50 Mohsen Negmeldin
Councils of War: Hyksos era, Thutmose III, and Ramses II
Place: Center for the Global Study of Cultural Heritage and Culture, Kansai University
No reservation is needed. No fee for participation.
A symposium will be held at CHC entitled (Preservation of Cultural Heritage ～Local Challenges and Activities) at Kansai University, in Osaka on February 27-28, 2016. The aim of the meeting is to present and discuss recent situation of Saqqara monuments as well as the cultural properties in different countries.
Schedule will be announced soon.
Registration must be done before February 13, 2006.
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The CHC offered a middle language course from Saturday, December 12, 2015 to Saturday, January 9, 2016, the total of three classes, Hiroshi Suita (Egyptology, Egyptian Society Group), Director of CHC, will give lectures on the Middle Egyptian.
CHC held a symposium entitled "Conserve the Empyreal Ancient City of Machu Picchu" on March 1, 2015. CHC invited Dr. Piedad Champi and Dr. Gladys Huallparimachi, experts of conservation and management of Machu Picchu, who presented their latest research results.
The CHC hosted the second "Seminar on the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage" from Sunday, February 22 to Sunday, March 1, 2015.
Researchers, engineers, and other lead experts in the field were invited as instructors to give lectures to university students pursuing their interests in the related fields of cultural heritage studies and the general public who want to learn about the preservation of cultural heritage.
Masaaki Sawada (Cultural Heritage Restoration Group), a CHC researcher, gave an intensive lecture series entitled, "Scientific Research on Cultural Property (Fall)," at Kansai University Graduate School from Wednesday, January 28, 2015, to Friday, January 30, 2015.
The goal of the lecture series was to provide students with basic scientific knowledge of cultural heritage preservation and restoration, and to promote a greater understanding of how this knowledge is applied to actual preservation and restoration techniques by using real examples.
The CHC offered an intensive language course, Beginner to Middle Egyptian, from Saturday, December 13, 2014, to Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Over the total of four classes, Hiroshi Suita (Egyptology, Egyptian Society Group), Director of CHC, gave lectures on the basics of Middle Egyptian.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, a special lecture entitled, "Current Politic Movements and Daily Life in Egypt," was given by Mr. Kamal Gaballa, a columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of the Al-Ahram newspaper at the CHC.
As part of the Joint Press Release on Projects between Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and Universities/Research Organizations, a joint exhibit was held from Sunday, December 1st, 2013 to around the end of March 2014, showcasing CHC's research activities.
The exhibit highlighted our major efforts to preserve and restore the cultural heritage of ancient Egypt.
The CHC hosted the "Seminar on the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage 2013" from Wednesday, March 5, to Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in collaboration with the Japan Conservation Project, a non-profit organization. Researchers, engineers, and other lead experts in the field were invited as instructors to give lectures to university students pursuing their interests in the related fields of cultural heritage studies and the general public who want to learn about the preservation of cultural heritage.
Lecturers from the CHC included Hiroshi Suita (Egyptology, Egyptian Society Group), Masaaki Sawada (Cultural Heritage Restoration Group), Tadateru Nishiura (Cultural Heritage Restoration Group), and Kosuke Takatori (Science and Technology Group).
The CHC invited ten researchers from the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University, to hold a "Seminar on Egyptology and Monuments" from Monday, February 24, to Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
The seminar was the first attempt in Japan to approach the research fields of Egyptology and monument preservation in Egypt in a technical and multifaceted fashion.