Seminar on Archeology and Conflict combined with the launching of the webpage for cultural heritage in Syria hosted by ToRS – University of Copenhagen

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28 May 2013

Seminar on Archeology and Conflict combined with the launching of the webpage for cultural heritage in Syria hosted by ToRS

Archeology and Conflict

The cultural heritage research group at ToRS “CHG” would like to invite you to participate in a research meeting comprising a seminar on “Archeology and Conflict” based on Ingolf Thuesen’s experience in Iraq and a reception to launch the webpage for cultural heritage in Syria hosted by ToRS and coordinated by Nibal Muhesen.

Time and date: 30th of May 2013 at 13:00-16:00 
Venue:
KUA 2, building 27, room 27.0.17  
Organizer:
The Cultural Heritage Group at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

The aim of this research day is to share views and experience in the field of cultural heritage and the archeology of Syria and other Arabic countries that have been through such troubled periods. At the same time the event organizers and participants would like to raise awareness in the Danish and international scholarly community of the problems facing heritage sites in Syria under the present situation. The invited participants and researchers from ToRS hope to stimulate an exchange of perspectives on the issues involved as well as broad discussions of how conflict realities affect archeological and heritage work.

The new website concerns the situation of archeology and heritage in Syria during the current fighting. We attempt to assess the state of threatened cultural heritage in Syria and to collect a broad palette of information from as many sources as possible on the situation. We are interested in what is happening within Syria and in what can be done in Denmark to monitor the situation from the outside. One of the main concerns is to highlight the possibility that heritage can become a key issue in any reconciliation process that will inevitably follow upon the fighting. Finally we wish to delineate the ways in which Denmark can assist local Syrian academics in the management and limitation of damage caused by the conflict.

Each of the presenters will outline his research focus and relate it to archeology and heritage in times of war. There will be time for comments and questions and discussions can be continued over refreshments.

Please send any comments or questions to nibal@hum.ku.dk including your name and title. The research day is open to all to attend.