Syria and Iraq: Culture at Risk – Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

31 March 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm

Hosted by The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO.

In the footsteps of war and unrest, antiquities are being looted from ancient sites and museums. These objects are sold illegally on a growing international market. This trade is a strong threat to proper documentation of our cultural heritage and helps finance terrorist groups. The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO—together with The Swedish National Heritage Board and ICOM Sweden—have now launched an awareness campaign to shed light on illegal trade, and to prevent it from gaining a foothold in Sweden. The campaign is connected to UNESCO’s global campaign #Unite4Heritage.

Within the framework of the campaign, UNESCO and The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden have organized a symposium on March 31, 2017 including lectures and panel discussions with leading international experts in cultural heritage research. You will hear about global initiatives and networks against illegal trade, as well as challenges and ethical dilemmas in research on cultural objects. You will also hear how Swedish legislation and antiques market relate to the problem.

Abstracts are available here.