Fragile Heritage, York Festival of Ideas

16 June: Shared Heritage: West and Islamic World
The media often present Islam and the West as two separate worlds. Many public commentators fail to see how Western society and the Islamic World share common cultural roots in our classical heritage. The Romans and Greeks left a shared patrimony of scientific imagination and arts, but also myths and legends. Join us to learn how the English in the Middle Ages shared a similar vision of the past with Muslims of the time.

Fri 17 Jun: Histories of the Middle East: Then and Now
Join Toby Dodge of the London School of Economics and Political Science – a world-acclaimed expert on Iraq and the Middle East – as he discusses the evolution of Iraq since its creation following World War I.

Sunday 19 – Full day programme

Sun 19 Jun 11-12pmCultural Heritage and the Islamic State
Alia Brahimi, a specialist in terrorism and political trends in the Middle East and North Africa, will provide the background to the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq.

Sun 19 Jun 1.00pm – 2.30pmCultural Heritage: Why Does It Matter?
Experts will explore why the destruction of cultural heritage is important psychologically, historically and architecturally. A panel discussion with:

Peter Lamarque, Department of Philosophy, University of York
Harry Munt, Department of History, University of York
Rory Olcayto, Editor, Architects Journal
Helen Walasek, author of Bosnia and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

Sun 19 Jun 3.00 – 4.30pmWho are the Custodians of Cultural Heritage?
An eminent panel of speakers will explore who owns and preserves cultural heritage.  A panel debate including:

Robert Carter, UCL Qatar
Cornelius Holtorf, Linnaeus University
Ben Isakhan, Deakin University, Australia
Emma Loosley, College of Humanities, University of Exeter

Sun 19 Jun 5.00 – 6.30pm: Preserving Cultural Heritage: What Can We Do?
A panel of experts will discuss how the world is responding to the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq, and, more broadly, what can be done to preserve cultural heritage throughout the world. Panel discussion with:

Rolf Achilles, Driehaus Foundation (Chair)
Emma Cunliffe, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University
Jonathan Tubb, Keeper of Department of the Middle East, British Museum
Donna Yates, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow