31 October 2015.
09.15am – 17.30pm
St John’s College Auditorium, Oxford, UK.
For venue details, click here.
Organisers: OxPeace, the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project in the School of Archaeology, and the Changing Character of War programme (CCW), in association with the Ashmolean and V&A Museums. With sponsorship from the St John’s College Research Centre, CBRL, BISI, CCW, the V&A, Maison Francaise, and the Golden Bottle Trust.
We would like to thank UK Blue Shield for offering us some web space.
The Conflict and Cultural Heritage Conference aims to raise public awareness and develop understanding of the issues surrounding the protecting of cultural heritage at risk from armed conflict. Focussing on the Middle East, the area currently undergoing the greatest destruction and where the heritage is most at risk, we aim to demonstrate the importance of the heritage, why its destruction matters, and what can be done. Topics to be explored will include the material heritage of the region from international and local perspectives, and the living heritage of communities with rich and longstanding traditions, before exploring why such destruction is happening, and the beliefs that underlie extremist practices. Focus will then move to an overview of what is being done already, and what more the international community can do. This free conference is intended to provide information from a variety of cultures, perspectives, and organisations, including academics, archaeologists, the military, and the media, raising awareness of the multi-cultural nature of Middle Eastern heritage, and its global relevance in the past and today.
All welcome, admission free, no pre-registration.
Download the full programme: CCH – FINAL Full Programme
Listen to / watch the the podcasts here.
The program has four sessions:
09.30 Welcome and introduction – Chair: Dr Liz Carmichael (OxPeace)
09.30 Theme 1: What is happening? The significance of sites at risk, and the current situation.
Chair: Dr Liz Carmichael (OxPeace)
09.35: Dr Robert Bewley (EAMENA):
Overview of Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa
09.45: Dr Ross Burns (author ‘The Monuments of Syria’ and ‘History of Damascus’):
Monuments at War—the Syrian Conflict and the Changing Pattern of Destruction as Reflected in Aleppo and Palmyra
10.15: Dr Lamia al-Gailani (UCL / SOAS):
When words fail. Iraq’s lost heritage, and efforts to save it
10.40: Dr Sebastian Brock and Sebastien de Courtois (Oriental Institute, Oxford University, and l’École Pratique des Hautes Études):
Syriac Christian communities: people, monuments and manuscripts in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq
11.10 Coffee in Reception Room
11.30 Theme 2: Why is this happening? Understanding ISIL and other Islamist extremism:
Chair: Dr John Chesworth (Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford)
11.30: Dr Alia Brahimi (CCW; Contest Global):
Cultural Heritage in the Islamic State’s Worldview
12.00: Dr Rizwaan Sabir (Liverpool John Moore University):
ISIS: In the Name of Power, Politics, and Propaganda
12.30: Dr Noel Brehony (Chair of CBRL):
Politics, with a focus on Yemen
13.00 Lunch (1 hour): sandwiches, juices provided in Reception Room
14.00 Theme 3: What is being done or should be done? Exploring archaeological and military heritage protection initiatives.
Chair: Dr Paul Collins (Ashmolean Museum)
14.20: Lt Col Tim Purbrick (British Army):
Delivering a Military Cultural Property Protection Capability
14.40: Vernon Rapley (V&A Museum):
Law Enforcement of Cultural Heritage Crime
15.30 Panel: Where do we go from here? The impact of the present situation on the fields represented by today’s speakers, and on the media.
A discussion panel of the speakers, with audience Q&A, introduced and chaired by Sebastian
Usher (BBC Middle East Editor).
16.30 Closure (chair: Dr Liz Carmichael) and tea in Reception Room.
The progamme can be downloaded here: Conflict and Cultural Heritage – Final Programme.
Download the poster: Conflict cultural heritage poster.
All talks have been recorded, and have been made available as videos on the V&A’s Culture in Crisis hub (here).
Podcasts of the event are available on Oxford University’s website: Oxford University Podcasting Media web portal.