Conference in Canterbury: Cultural Heritage in Danger

Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit Trafficking, Armed Conflicts and
Cultural Diplomacy

Date: Friday, 9th of June 2017 (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK)

Subject: After World War II, the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural
Property in Event of Armed Conflict recognized the need to protect and
preserve heritage for the benefit of mankind. In the last 60 years, this
Convention has been ratified by 129 countries, the latest being the UK in
February 2017, and has improved the international framework regulating the
protection of cultural heritage in time of conflict. This conference will
bring together senior government officials and leading academics from the UK
and continental Europe to assess improvements and weaknesses of heritage
protection in the current era of terrorist warfare, where ideology, social
media and clickbait concur to destroy heritage as recently seen in Palmyra
and Mosul. It will also assess developments in the fight against the
trafficking of cultural property and discuss new ways of enhancing
cooperation between states, as well as Europe and Great Britain in the
uncertain time of Brexit. Finally, speakers will discuss how cultural
diplomacy can facilitate dialogue between communities that have been torn
apart by conflict.

Speakers:  Professor Janet Ulph, Professor Kathryn Walker Tubb, Professor
David Gill, Mark Harrison FSA,  Sophie Hayes, Dr Sophie Vigneron, Dr. Carla
Figueira, Dr Kristin Hausler, Tasoula Hadjitofi (TBC) and with Dr Sophia
Labadi, Karl Goodwin, Dr Tatiana Flessas, Maria Dimitriou

Keynote Speech: Artemis Papathanassiou, Former Chair of the UNESCO
Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the
Event of Armed Conflict, Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Greece.

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