Culture Under Threat: The Future of the 1954 Hague Convention


May 15-21, 2014 at the American University of Rome (AUR). A joint meeting of the American University of Rome, Blue Shield, World Archaeological Congress, Newcastle University and the Competence Center for Cultural Heritage and Cultural Property Protection, University of Vienna

REGISTRATION: To register for this conference please go to http://www.aur.edu/gradschool/2014/04/10/the-future-of-the-1954-hague-convention/

CALL FOR PAPERS: Abstracts of no more than 200 words for papers should be sent to peter.stone@newcastle.ac.uk or friedrich.schipper@univie.ac.at by Monday 14 April 2014. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Monday 21 April.

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its 1st Protocol and also the 15th anniversary of its 2nd Protocol. Sadly, almost every part of the world has seen armed conflict since 1954 and cultural property has been damaged in all of these conflicts through collateral destruction, military insensitivities, and extensive looting.

This conference will review what actions are currently taken to mitigate the destruction of cultural property during conflict and address what might be done in the future to enhance its protection and to restrict and counter the trade in illicit antiquities that feeds off conflict. The conference will conclude with a discussion of a draft of the World Archaeological Congress’ Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

Pre Conference Program.  Pre-conference meetings of the Association of the National Committee of the Blue Shield:
Thursday 15th May 3-5.30pm – ANCBS Board meeting (restricted event)
Friday 16th May 10am-12.30pm – ANCBS General Assembly: business meeting
(restricted event – access for delegates only).
Friday 16th May 2-5pm – ANCBS General Assembly: national reports  – open to all.

Pre-conference cultural & social events:
Friday 16th May 8pm – dinner at local restaurant
Saturday 17th May – all day trip to Montecassino
Sunday 18th May – free day to explore Rome

Conference Program. The program will include contributions on the current and future work of the Carabinieri, Blue Shield, ICCROM and an open session.
Monday 19th May – Morning and afternoon sessions
Evening – reception at Santa Maria dell’Anima
Tuesday 20th May -    Morning and afternoon sessions
Wednesday 21st May – Morning – World Archaeology Congress  – Inter Congress meeting


April 23-25, 2014
International Conference: Heritage and Conflict – Lessons for Safeguarding Syrian Heritage at the Universidad de Cantabria, Av los Castros s/n, 39005 Santander, Cantabria, Spain.
LOCATION AND REGISTRATION: For location details and information to register for this conference please contact the conference organizing committee chief: Jesús Emilio González. E-mailjesuse.gonzalez@unican.es


Past Events


2014 SAFE Beacon Award Lecture: “Saving Ancient Egypt One Tweet at a Time: How Social Media is Saving One of the World’s Oldest Civilizations”

Featuring Dr. Monica Hanna, recipient of the 2014 SAFE Beacon Award 

A free lecture • 6:30 PM, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Cooper Union Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
Presented by SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone in collaboration with ARCE/NY and the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.
For more information, please telephone 1 (917) 916-5748

Join SAFE in New York City to honor the archaeologist Monica Hanna, recipient of the 2014 SAFE Beacon Award, for her extraordinary efforts to raise public awareness about the looting of the Egypt’s ancient heritage. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Dr. Hanna and listen to her firsthand accounts and unique approach to the problem.

At only 30 years of age, Dr. Monica Hanna has dedicated more than half her life to protecting and preserving the cultural heritage of Egypt. She completed her undergraduate degree in Egyptology and Archaeological Chemistry at the American University in Cairo and later completed her doctorate at the University of Pisa, Italy.

She was in the midst of conducting postdoctoral research as a post-doctoral fellow in the Topoi Cluster of Excellence in the Department of Egyptology and North African Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin when she decided to return to Egypt to document the looting situation, which has and continues to become increasingly acute following the 2011 uprising.

Using social media tools to their fullest potential, Dr. Hanna created and currently maintains Egypt’s Heritage Task Force, while also contributing to other social media platforms. This work has expedited the recovery of stolen objects, effectively reducing the supply side of the illicit antiquities trade. In addition, she also consults with government officials and recently lobbied for the introduction of new articles in the Constitution specifically created to protect cultural heritage. She was voted one of the seven “People of the Year” by EGYPT TODAY magazine, as well as one of the “Top Arab Women in 2013″ by AsiaN.

Dr. Hanna’s perseverance and emotional investment, combined with her tenacity and expertise, strategically position her as an effective activist and as an expert witness in the fight against looting and the illicit antiquities trade. Currently, Dr. Hanna lives in Heliopolis where she was born. She is working on a book on the social histories of archaeological sites, which is to be published by Humboldt University.

Listen to the April 9, 2014 interview with Dr. Monica Hanna on “The Leonard Lopate Show” (WNYC-AM and WNYC-FM in New York City.


Cultural Heritage Protection in Zones of Armed Conflict: Lessons Learned and Future Strategies

Dr. C. Brian Rose

James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania; Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

On November 20, 2013, Dr. C. Brian Rose delivered the Plenary Address at the 2013 ASOR Annual Meeting held in Baltimore, MD. As described the ASOR Blog website: “Driven by the belief that preservation of cultural property can provide shared goals and an opportunity for cross cultural and trans-national dialogue, a small group of archaeologists and museum professionals have begun to work together at the international level to develop teaching materials specifically designed to teach respect for cultural materials to members of military forces. Members of fighting forces are often the people on whom we must rely to protect historic structures, museums and libraries, and even archaeological sites from the ravages of disaster, both natural and man-made. From heritage mapping, to archaeology awareness playing cards, to video games and lectures, Dr. Rose will describe teaching methods, preservation accomplishments in conflict and disaster areas, and plans for future international cooperation.”