Heritage Destruction in the Middle East: Beyond the Media Hype

Talks: Heritage Destruction in the Middle East: Beyond the Media Hype

15 October 2015, 2,00pm – 5.00pm
Deakin University, Melbourne City Centre, Level 3, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Organisers: Dr Benjamin Isakhan and Professor Tim Winter.

This half-day symposium focuses on the recent heritage destruction in Syria and Iraq by ISIS. Presenters will bring to the table a variety of interpretations on the factors driving the destruction and the challenges of mounting effective responses.

Topics and Speakers include:

Panel 1: Documenting and Interpreting the Destruction

  • Heritage Destruction under the ‘Islamic State’ – Dr Benjamin Isakhan, Deakin University
  • What does ISIS Communicate Through Iconoclasm? – Dr Antonio Gonzalez, Deakin University
  • ISIS Attacks on Shia Shrines: Responses of Shia Community – Dr Taghreed Jamal Al-deen, Deakin University
  • Media Coverage of Heritage Destruction in the Middle East – Dr Saba Bebawi, University of Technology, Sydney

Panel 2: The International Response; Challenges and Prospects

  • SHIRĪN: Syrian Heritage in Danger – Dr Andrew Jamieson, Melbourne University
  • Examining Initiatives to Reconstruct Artefacts Destroyed in the Mosul Museum – Diane Siebrandt, Deakin University
  • How gaps in the Law Endanger Heritage in Contemporary Armed Conflicts – Dr Lucas Lixinski, UNSW
  • Heritage Conservation Diplomacy and the International System of States – Professor Tim Winter, Deakin University

A summary of the event and the panels is available here.

Deakin Heritage destruction 15 October