Free public lecture: Cultural property in peace and conflict
Professor Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University
Culture and sites of the past are frequent casualties of conflict. We are currently witnessing horrific human tragedy in Syria and Iraq, atrocities in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and some of those responsible have resorted to seemingly senseless destruction of ancient sites, libraries, and archives.
Newcastle University has cooperated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural, Organisation to establish a new UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace to try to begin to understand if the past always has to be a victim of conflict or whether it might be deployed as an agent of peace instead.
A podcast of the talk is available here.