Heritage and Disasters

Panel Discussion: Heritage and Disasters

Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, UCL

9 March 2016, 18:00 to 19:30, Cruciform Lecture Theatre 02, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

It has long been recognized that our cultural heritage is intertwined with our cultural identity and continuity, this includes ancient buildings and historic urban fabric, ancient manuscripts, valuable works of art and community ritual ceremonies. Natural and anthropogenic disasters including earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and conflicts not only claim lives and livelihoods, but also can impact significantly on our cultural heritage. Recent disasters including the L’Aquila earthquake in Italy in 2009, the 2015 Kathmandu earthquake in Nepal and ongoing conflicts in Syria highlight the escalating risks and vulnerabilities to our cultural heritage.

We have brought together an expert panel from academia and practice who will discuss:

Why the protection of cultural heritage is important and how we can protect and enhance its resilience to disasters. What are the complexities in practice?
How existing academic discourse and research on heritage and disaster risk reduction can play role in heritage resilience?
How the public and private sectors can be mobilized to proactively reduce disaster risk to our cultural heritage and furthermore to enhance successful recovery or reconstruction when it is impacted?
The panel includes William Brown, National Security Adviser, Arts Council England; Sergio Olivero, Head of Energy and Security Research Area, SiTI, Italy; Kalliopi Fouseki, Senior Lecturer and course director for the MSc Sustainable Heritage at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (ISH); Jonathan N. Tubb, Keeper, Middle East, The British Museum; and Farnaz Arefian, Enterprise Manager, UCL’s IRDR and Founder of ‘Silk Cities’ Platform. The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception, where there will be the opportunity to network and continue discussions on this topic. We encourage open debate between panelists and attendees.

Full details, speaker biographies and a link to register are available on the webpage.