Michael S. Falser

Research Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University/Germany, member of ICOMOS Austria and of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee for the Theory and the Philosophy of Conservation and Restoration.
Mr. Falser studied architecture and art history in Vienna and Paris, received his PhD in architecture (with a work about the political history of historic preservation in Germany) at the University of Technology Berlin in 2006. He did practical work and research in historic preservation in the USA, in Asia (India, Cambodia) and Europe. Between 2007 and 2009 he was scientific assistant at the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and at the Institute of Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Currently he works at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context – Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows”, Karl-Jaspers-Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany. He is co-editor of this publication, together with Wilfried Lipp and Andrzej Tomaszewski.
Publications include the books: Zwischen Identität und Authentizität. Zur politischen Geschichte der Denkmalpflege in Deutschland. Dresden 2008; The pre-Angkorian temple of Preah Ko. A sourcebook of the history, construction and ornamentation of the Preah Ko style. Bangkok 2006; Industrie – Landschaft – Kunst. Die Industrielandschaft Erzberg. Entstehungsgeschichte, Inventarisation und Umnutzung in einen Ausstellungsbezirk für LandArt, Objektkunst und Multimedia, in: Industriearchäologie, vol. 5, (2006), and Die Österreichische Eisenstraße als UNESCO-Weltkultur– und Naturerbe? Ergebnisse einer Machbarkeitsstudie, in: Schriftenreihe des Nationalpark Kalkalpen, vol. 9 (2009); Latest articles include: Trauerarbeit an Ruinen – Kategorien des Wiederaufbaus nach 1945, in: Braum, M.; Baus, U. (eds.): Rekonstruktion in Deutschland Positionen zu einem umstrittenen Thema. Basel, Boston, Berlin 2009, pp. 60-97; Rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina – Thoughts on the Role of Civil Society in the Context of Natural and Cultural Disasters, in: Meier, H.-R.; Petzet, M.; Will, T. (eds.): Cultural Heritage and Natural Disasters. Risk Preparedness and the Limits of Prevention. ICOMOS Series: Heritage at Risk. München 2008, pp. 109-122.

a cura di Michael S. Falser