The Presence of the Past: Destruction of Antiquity and Global Issues of Heritage

Conference: The Presence of the Past: Destruction of Antiquity and Global Issues of Heritage

At the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation (UTSC), from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in IC318.

Sponsored by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation (UTSC), the Institute of Islamic Studies, the Department of Sociology (UTSC) and Department of Art (St. George Campus).

Program:

9:00 AM  REGISTRATION

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: KEYNOTE: Aaron Tugendhaft (University of Chicago), “The Idols of ISIS”
Karen Ruffle (University of Toronto), discussant

On February 26, 2015, the Islamic Stare released a video onto the Internet depicting destruction of ancient sculptures in the Mosul Museum. The video announced that these sculptures were idols that needed to be destroyed, while international organizations responded that they belonged to Iraqi and world heritage that needed to be preserved. This talk will explore how religion, politics, and art intersect in this image of image destruction and raise questions about the aesthetics of totalitarian governance in the age of the selfie.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM BREAK

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM  WORSHOP 1: AESTHETICS, led by Erin Webster (University of Toronto)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM    LUNCH

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM    WORKSHOP 2: POLITICS, led by Paul Kingston (University of Toronto)

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM    BREAK

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM    WORKSHOP 3: MORALITY AND RELIGION, led by Fiona Greenland (University of Chicago)

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM    WRAP UP

To register, please email Ms. Carmen Yung at carmen.yung@mail.utoronto.ca