Friday, 03 January 2014 — 8:30 – 10:30 AM — Session 1C
“Enhanced Protection: Should the US Ratify the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention?” at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Organizer: Laetitia La Follette (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Jan Hladik (Chief, Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section, Division for Cultural Expressions and Heritage, UNESCO)
Colonel (Ret.) Dick Jackson (Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General for Law of War Matters; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center)
Patty Gerstenblith (Distinguished Research Professor of Law and Director, Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University College of Law)
Nancy Wilkie (William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, Carleton College)
Corine Wegener (Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Smithsonian Institution)
Sunday, 05 January, 2014 — 8:30 – 10:30 AM — Section 7A
Cultural Heritage by AIA Military Panel (CHAMP) Colloquium: “Protecting Archaeology in Conflict Zones“ at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America
Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
Organizer: Laura A. Childs (Lessons Learned Manager, AF ISR Agency, Lackland Air Force Base; Founder, Cultural Heritage by AIA-Military Panel)
Discussant: Laurie W. Rush (Cultural Resource Manager, Fort Drum, NY)
The purpose of this colloquium is to discuss the problems, techniques, and opportunities for protecting and conserving archaeological sites and artifacts endangered by warfare and revolutions. The last decade of conflict that has spread across Southwest Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa has endangered many sites, museums, and archives. However, preservation of such sites and materials is sometimes possible. Site Directors, curators and archaeologists who work on heritage preservation will discuss their methods and means of saving archaeology. Other speakers will describe their capacity building programs and how they can help site directors, museums, and courageous local citizens prepare for site protection. Audience members will take away a better understanding of how to protect a dig or museum in such a situation and know which organizations are available to help.
Laurie W. Rush (Cultural Resources Manager at Fort Drum, NY)
“Planning for Cultural Property Protection in Conflict Zones, A View from Fort Drum”
James A. Zeidler (Associate Director for Cultural Resources and Senior Research Scientist, CEMML, Colorado State University) “Cultural Property Protection Training and the U.S. Military: Recent Initiatives of the Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG).”
Corine Wegener (Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Smithsonian Institution)
“Smithsonian Institution’s Disaster Response for Culture Programs”
Susan Kane (Professor of Art History and Archaeology; Chair, Curricular Committee on Archaeology, Oberlin College)
“Lessons Learned from Libya”
Colonel Joris Kila (Ministry of Defense, The Netherlands)
“Heritage under Siege in Egypt (the Villa Casdagli), Mali, and Libya”
Jesse Casana (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas)
“Monitoring Damage to Archaeological Sites, Monuments and Museums in the Wake of the Syrian Civil War”
Douglas Park (Archaeological Consultant, Geospatial and African History Specialist, Project Scientist at ERM: Environmental Resources Management)
“Timbuktu’s Historical Traditions of Cultural Preservation”
Friday, 06 December 2013 – 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Princeton University, McCosh Hall, Room 28 – See map
Syria’s Heritage in Crisis - a half-day conference. Organized by: The Center for Arts & Cultural Property Studies, Princeton University and Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania. Co-sponsored by: The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies; The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East & North Africa; The Index of Christian Art
10:00: Stan Katz (Director, The Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton University)
& Richard Leventhal (Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania)
10:15: Tom Jacoby (Independent Scholar/ University of Connecticut, retired)
“A Snapshot of Syria’s Heritage: Qal‘at Sim‘an and Qalb Lozeh in the
Limestone Hills of Northwestern Syria”
10:35: Christian Sahner (Princeton University)
“A Snapshot of the Destruction: The State of Syria’s Unesco World Heritage Sites”
11:45: Salam Al Kuntar (University of Pennsylvania)
“The Destruction of Syria’s Cultural Heritage: Options for Protection and Preservation”
1:30: Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University College of Law)
“The International Legal Framework for Protecting Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflict: The Challenges of the Conflict in Syria”
2:30: Amr Al Azm (Shawnee State University)
“The Role of Cultural Heritage in Enhancing a Syrian National Identity: A Path Towards Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Stabilization”
3:15: Brian Daniels (University of Pennsylvania)
3:30: Reception hosted by the Index of Christian Art (Princeton University) on the A Level at McCormick Hall
To RSVP, please contact: Christian Sahner
1 November 2013
LCCHP Fifth Annual Conference: The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage - Historical, Political, Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict and Post Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development
Organized by: LCCHP (Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation), Fordham Law School, and the American Society of International Law (ASIL)
Location: Fordham Law School, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
Time: To be announced
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The Monuments Men, a star-studded film directed by George Clooney, is scheduled for release on December 18, 2013. The film, based on the book of the same name by Robert Edsel, tells a story based on the work of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program, which was responsible for protecting and saving works of art and cultural heritage during World War II. As the protection of cultural heritage in times of armed conflict and otherwise takes center stage–quite literally–in the public consciousness, LCCHP’s Fifth Annual Conference seeks to explore a variety of perspectives on the issue.
Focusing mostly, but not exclusively, on looting and destruction in the context of warfare and civil unrest, the Conference will consist of a full day of panels that trace historic looting, prevention and remediation and restitution efforts from the Second World War to modern day pillaging.
This conference will seek to:
- honor the monuments officers of WWII fame;
- review their successes and consider the legacy of their unfinished work;
- study more recent examples of prevention efforts in times of armed conflict;
- introduce efforts to address these problems currently being undertaken by museums and the art market, US armed forces, law enforcement and others; and
- consider the role of various media, including The Monuments Men film and Internet resources, in publicizing the issue and raising cultural awareness.
17 October 2013
Civil Affairs and the Monuments Men: Building on a Proud Tradition
Organized by: The Defense Education Forum of the Reserve Officers Association
Location: ROA Minuteman Memorial Building, One Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Panel Moderator: Col Jim Carr (Ret.)
Panelists: Lynn H. Nicholas, Corine Wegener, LTC Christopher Varhola, William K. Lietzau.
A little understood mission of the U.S. military upon entering an area of operations is the preservation of cultural objects within that area. A branch of the Army, Civil Affairs, primarily found within the United States Army Reserve, has within it a Cultural Affairs functional specialty. A movie dedicated to this cultural preservation mission during WWII will be released later in the fall – “The Monuments Men”, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett. We hope to have a trailer for the movie to provide an exciting introduction! This small group of courageous men and women was instrumental in saving some of Europe’s most important cultural treasures. Our panel discussion will bring together a group of experts to provide an overview of the WWII Monuments Men (then known as the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Team and in later doctrinal changes known as the Arts, Monuments, Archives Team) and how their proud tradition has been carried on today by a handful of Civil Affairs functional specialists. We will explore the role of Civil Affairs during future contingencies now that the U.S. is a party to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
9-11 October 2013
Post Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development
Organized by: Liberation Day Committee 1945 Wageningen (Comité 4 en 5 mei Wageningen)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
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The Liberation Day Committee 1945 Wageningen (as member of the European Network of Places of Peace), Wageningen University and Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, are organizing an international conference, on the overarching theme of post-conflict, cultural heritage and regional development.
Conflicts sometimes lead to violent encounters that result in casualties and damage to infrastructure, housing and the environment. Often, traumatic experiences brought about by these become the subject of commemorations that contribute to places linked to them gaining material, social and/or symbolic significance, within the locality, country or even regionally. This is particularly true when residents and policymakers actively implement initiatives to embrace them as part of collective memory, pedagogy and/or as local heritage attractions for domestic and international visitors. Every year thousands, sometimes millions, of people visit places like Auschwitz, Ground Zero, Hiroshima, Choeung Ek and Gettysburg. Wageningen, marked as the City of Liberation, and the setting for this international conference, also attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually as part of national commemoration and liberation festivals in the Netherlands. These are testament to the popularity of these sites although they too can at times be plagued with criticisms and controversy, pertaining to issues like commercialization, sustainability, multiple interpretations of history and so on.
This conference seeks to further our understanding of the perceptions, processes and problems that are related to some of these places of former conflicts that have, over time, been transformed into key sites for memory, education and consumption, or even commodification. The multidisciplinary conference considers the social, political, economic and developmental dimensions as well as potential of such places alongside highlighting issues associated with the establishment of such heritage sites. It also explores how these sites may be developed as ‘peace institutions’ that aim to encourage the prevention of future conflicts. We welcome case studies drawn from the Netherlands as well as from other international contexts. Selected authors may be invited to contribute chapters/articles for a book or special journal issue.
Relevant topics may include (but not be limited to):
- Landscape, post-conflict identity and ‘difficult’ heritage;
- Post-conflict cities/heritage of conflict in postcolonial cities;
- Historical geographies and genealogies of places of war and peace;
- Social, economic and political impacts of places of war and peace;
- Interpreting conflict sights and the handling of multiple narratives;
- Educational potential of trauma sites, and related problems;
- Commodification of conflicts into heritage tourism;
- Conflict and the politics of truth and reconciliation;
- City branding issues in cities where conflict is within living memory;
- Sites of dark tourism: potentials, perspectives, and problems;
- Sites of former conflict as ‘shared’ spaces/peace institutions; etc.
Call for abstracts and proposals for paper presentations/sessions on or related to any issues related to the abovementioned topics is closed.
Confirmed keynote speakers
- Professor Karen Till (Geography, NUI Maynooth)
- Professor Gregory Ashworth (University of Groningen)
- Dr. Philip Stone (University of Central Lancashire).
30 September—4 October 2013
22nd Advanced Course on International Humanitarian Law organized by the International Institute for Humanitarian Law.
Event Location: Villa Ormond – Corso Cavallotti 113 18038 Sanremo, Italy
The course is designed to illustrate some of the most vexing issues facing civilian and military practitioners in times of modern conflict. This year’s programme is filled with captivating topics, which will be presented by a diverse and experienced group of lecturers and operators that will evoke debate and elevate awareness of the applicable law in an operational context. Course participants will receive comprehensive academic instruction, coupled with relevant case studies and practical exercises, as well as being able to draw on the experience and knowledge of other course members. In that vein, your active participation during the course is highly encouraged, which should promote the sharing of the various national and cultural perspectives that undoubtedly will be present amongst the audience. Download the Program.
25 September 2013
CCHAG 5th Annual Meeting
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, Room 4018/4019, Washington, DC
Time: 0800 to 1700 Eastern Standard Time
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Host: The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML), Colorado State University
The Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG) supports the war fighter and the military mission through the development of reference, education, and training tools to enhance military capability for Cultural Property Protection (CPP). We improve cultural awareness within DoD at the senior leadership, command, and tactical levels by helping to ensure that CPP is considered during full spectrum operations. This annual meeting will bring together various subject matter experts (SMEs) from multiple levels within the Department of Defense, Department of State, and various stakeholders to develop the path forward for continued success of the CCHAG. For additional current information on CCHAG, please consult our web portal at www.cchag.org.
The 5th Annual Meeting will include 5-Minute lightning talks highlighting the CCHAG’s accomplishments and initiatives of the past year (if interested in presenting see below) along with discussions of developing partnerships and initiatives for 2014. We have joined forces this year with the Smithsonian Institution in order to broaden the discussion of cultural property protection within the larger context of U.S. implementation of the 1954 Hague Convention and to share information and expertise on training, conservation. After the meeting we will also be treated to a guided tour of the current NMAI exhibition, “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed” with curator Ann McMullen.
To confirm your participation at this meeting, please RSVP by contacting Jaime Marhevsky, IMCOM, USAG Fort Drum, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 17, 2013. In addition, if you are interested in updating the group on accomplishments and initiatives of the past year (5-minute presentation) please indicate so in the RSVP.
From the First Gulf War through the wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the world’s cultural heritage has suffered enormous destruction. Syria presents us with another catastrophic case. The loss of the world’s cultural heritage is irremediable and impoverishes not only the nation or community directly, but all of humanity.
While international conventions have been enacted under the auspice of UNESCO, major destruction of cultural heritage is not condemned to a sufficient extent. In reality, most states have taken few steps to effectively protect cultural property during armed conflict.
This seminar presents political, legal and military perspectives on the problem of cultural heritage protection in wartime context from leading and influential figures in the field. It discusses the drivers of destruction and looting, developments in international law, shortcomings of the international response and possible ways to improve protection of the world’s cultural heritage during war and post-conflict situation.
The seminar is arranged in cooperation with The Centre for International Law and Justice at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
9:30 to 9:45: Welcome
Anne Ostrup , PhD Candidate, Centre for International Law and Justice, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
09:45 to 10:05: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria and Other Recent Conflicts
Ingolf Thuesen , Head of the Department, Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
10.05 to 10.25: War, the Destruction of Cultural Heritage, and International Law
Roger O’Keefe , Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
10:25 to 10:45: The Military and the Protection of Cultural Heritage in War
Joris Kila , Lt Col (reserve), Royal Netherlands Army, Chair International Military Cultural Resources Working Group, advisor, Dutch MoD, U.S. AFRICOM, the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield
10:45 to 11:05: The U.S. Military and Cultural Property Protection in Armed Conflict, a View from the Most Deployed Division
Laurie Rush , Cultural Resources Manager, U.S. Army, Fort Drum and Board Member, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield
11.05 to 12.00: Open discussion
Chair: Frederik Rosén, Project Researcher, DIIS
Practical Information. The seminar is held in English. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Friday, 19 September 2013 to 12:00 noon.
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07 May 2013
Egypt: A Public Private Partnership to Protect the Cultural Heritage of Countries in Crisis
Location: University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, Room 289B
Presented by: Deborah Lehr, Founding Chairman of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University; Director of the Paulson Institute.
Since the revolution in January 2011, modern day Egypt has fallen victim to the scourge of international antiquities crime. The Capitol Archaeological Institute at the George Washington University has launched a public-private partnership with The Government of Egypt to attempt to combat looting and cultural racketeering in Egypt. Lehr will present evidence of the increase in looting since the Revolution, share the mission of the partnership and how it came about, and discuss the crisis of antiquities theft countries in crisis and how the model with Egypt might be applicable.
Deborah Lehr serves as the founding Chairman of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University. In that capacity, she launched the International Coalition to raise the profile of the looting of antiquities in Egypt, resulting in a private-public partnership with the Egyptian government.
In addition, Lehr is the Director of the Paulson Institute, a think tank founded by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, at the University of Chicago. Lehr has managed a successful consulting business representing Western and Chinese companies such as Sesame Workshop, Tory Burch, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Pfizer, Sony Music, Time Warner and Boeing. Lehr has also served in the US Government where she was a lead negotiator for China’s WTO Accession at the US Trade Representative, a Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, and involved in export control and trade policy issues at the Department of Commerce. She serves as a member of the Council of Advisors for National Geographic, and on the Board of the Archaeological Institute of America and the International Advisory Board of the London School of Economics.
10-13 May 2013
National Workshop on the Fight against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property.
Location: National Museum of Damascus, Damascus, Syria
This workshop was organized in the wake of the meeting Syrian heritage: strategy to fight the illicit trafficking of cultural property, held in Amman, Jordan, 10-13 February 2013.
The workshop aimed at:
- Elaborating on the topic of illegally smuggled artifacts, and their historical and cultural significance to the country in addition to their importance together with other ones in complementing the scientific information.
- Discussing the legal aspects and local and international regulations associated with the main goal of the workshop as well as their effectiveness in light of the latest international developments.
- Highlighting the role of the state in promoting intellectual awareness among all segments of the society concerning antiquities and the national heritage.
The Ministry of Culture, interested Members of People’s Assembly, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM), the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Education: National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Higher Education/Damascus University: Faculty of Archaeology – Architecture – History, the Ministry of Awqaf (Endowment), the Ministry of Justice, National INTERPOL,Organizations of local community: NGO Forum, Researchers, artists and local writers.
This event was organized under the Patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Lubana Mushaweh, Minister of Culture and the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums.
February 15-18, 2013
Conference on Protection of Cultural Property in Asia
The Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs (MoHCA) of the Royal Government of Bhutan in partnership with INTERPOL will host the “Conference on Protection of Cultural Property in Asia” at the National Convention Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan on February 15-18, 2013. Click for more details. Additional funding and cooperation for this event has been provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. View the Final Draft Agenda.
10-13 February 2012
Syrian heritage: strategy to fight the illicit trafficking of cultural property
Location: UNESCO Office in Amman, Jordan
Since the beginning of the armed conflict in Syria, UNESCO has raised its concerns for the situation of the cultural heritage in the country and the risk of illicit traffic of cultural property.
Objectives, participants and partners
UNESCO, with the support of the Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland, and in cooperation with its international partners, organized an emergency Regional training workshop to raise awareness on the protection of the movable cultural heritage in Syria.
This meeting brought together international cultural heritage experts, as well as representatives from Syria and neighbouring countries (Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey) to discuss and develop an emergency strategy to address the issue of illicit trafficking of Syrian cultural property. Representatives of FEDPOL, ICA, ICCROM, ICOM, ICOMOS, IFLA, INTERPOL, UNIDROIT, WCO-RILO as well as specialized police (Carabinieri and OCBC) and international auction houses (Christies and Sotheby’s) participated in this meeting.
10 February 2012
Regional training in Amman to address the illicit trafficking of cultural heritage in Syria
Location: UNESCO Office in Amman, Jordan
As part of UNESCO’s action in response to the current Syrian crisis, the Amman Office has organized a four-day regional training workshop, from the 10th to 13th of February 2013, to promote awareness and cooperation to prevent the illicit trafficking of Syrian cultural property and to promote regional cooperation. This initiative was part of a broader range of measures that UNESCO is undertaking in its fields of competence to respond to the Syrian crisis, including addressing the needs of Syrian refugees in the region.
Under the patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan and with the support of the Swiss Federal Office for Culture, the initiative brought together representatives of customs and heritage departments from Syria and neighboring countries as well as international experts from countries such as Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany and the United States to discuss the situation of the illicit traffic and the looting of cultural artifacts of Syria. The training drew on the experience gained by UNESCO in other conflict and post-conflict situations, such as Iraq, and Afghanistan in order to propose actions to address the current threats of illicit trafficking of Syrian cultural property.
“For UNESCO, respect for culture is an integral part of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. We must join efforts to safeguard and protect Syrian cultural heritage,” declared the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, in her recent statements on the situation of cultural heritage in Syria.
January 15, 2013
“The intersections of international law, ethics, and the protection of cultural property” to be held at WAC7, the Seventh World Archaeological Congress, King Hussein Convention Center, Dead Sea, Jordan
Session Chair: Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University College of Law)
January 14-15, 2013
Four-Session Theme: “Archaeology as a Target: Preservation and Heritage Identities in Times of Conflict” to be held at WAC7, the Seventh World Archaeological Congress, King Hussein Convention Center, Dead Sea, Jordan.
Theme Organizers: Zaki Aslan (ICCROM, United Arab Emirates); Friedrich T. Schipper (University of Vienna)
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The purpose of the theme “Archaeology as a Target” is to establish a working framework to guide national policies for heritage protection in times of crisis in relation to planning, infrastructure, law and public awareness. It will present relevant case studies arising from threats and damage caused through war, intolerance, civil unrest, theft, and illicit traffic of cultural artefacts. It will seek to understand how the impacts of these threats on archaeological heritage might be minimized.
As a result of the recent social as well as political upheavals in several countries world-wide, archaeological heritage has been negatively impacted. This theme therefore aims to assess:
- How has archaeological heritage been damaged?
- What weaknesses in the current heritage protection systems were identified during crisis events?
- What measures can be taken to recover damaged archaeological heritage?
- What role can cultural heritage play in recovery, reconciliation and nation building processes?
It is hoped that experiences from other parts of the world will contribute to refining methodologies with regards to the protection of archaeological heritage in times of crisis.
It is hoped that sessions will discuss how to make these recommendations available to policy and decision-makers, in order to promote the application of methods and guidelines in this area in future national policies.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Petra Hall 2
Session Organizers: Friedrich Schipper (University of Vienna) and Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University College of Law)
Abstract: Following up on the heated debates on archaeology and war at the WAC-6 Conference and the experiences in the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict and civil-military cooperation since that time (e.g. the WAC IC Ramallah and Vienna), “The Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and and Civil-Military Cooperation: Lessons Learned from a Civil Perspective” at WAC-7 in Amman is intended to overcome the divide in the scientific community and create an accepted basis of constructive debate as well as to deal with the lessons learned from a civil perspective and to strive to develop future perspectives.
Monday January 14, 2013 — 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Dead Sea Spa Hotel, Al Safi
Session Organizer: Friedrich T. Schipper (University of Vienna)
Abstract: The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. On the one hand it is the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention (Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict) for marking cultural sites to give them protection from abuse or attack in the event of armed conflict. On the other hand it is a network that consists of organizations dealing with the protection with museums, archives, audiovisual supports, libraries, as well as monuments and sites in case of armed conflict and natural as well as man-made disaster. The proposed session will explain and discuss the mission and work of Blue Shield and its inter-relation with other organizations, it will follow up on Blue Shield missions in particular in Egypt and Libya in the context of the Arab Spring as well as possible future missions in the region and it will finally discuss the perspectives of setting up Blue Shield national committees in the region in order to foster Blue Shield’s mission and to allow expanding the Blue Shield network in the Near East.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 — 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Petra Hall 2
Session Organizers: Brooke L. Rogers (University of Queensland); Patrizia La Piscopia (University College Dublin)
Abstract: This session provides a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate on the role that archaeology and cultural heritage can play in conflict prevention, transformation, resolution and peacebuilding. Peace scholars such as John Paul Lederach argue that bridging the chasm between communities in conflict necessitates recognising that “The greatest resource for sustaining peace in the long term is always rooted in the local people and their culture” (1997: 94). This session seeks to unearth innovative ideas and approaches that can encourage and facilitate positive rapprochement between parties engaged in conflict. At the same time, this session also seeks to provide space for a dialogue pertaining to the obstacles and challenges faced by archaeologists, heritage practitioners and peace and conflict resolution professionals when dealing with heritage and history in the context of conflict. Such considerations are important to ensure that academic discourse and praxis is based on a responsive and responsible attitude that engages with the complex reality of often entrenched and protracted armed conflicts. This session welcomes multiple and diverse perspectives from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, cultural heritage management, archaeology, history, anthropology, politics and international relations, and development studies.
Session 2.3G: Workshop: Where to go from here?
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 — 3:30 to 5:30 PM at Petra Hall 2
Session Organizers: Abdullah Halawa (ICCROM, United Arab Emirates); Aparna Tandon (ICCROM, United Arab Emirates); Zaki Aslan (ICCROM, United Arab Emirates).
Abstract: Cultural Heritage in parts of the Arab Region has continued to suffer from recent events taking place in this part of the world. These events revealed the fragility of heritage and the need for emergency measures to be applied in times of instability. The wide-spread looting, destruction and illicit trafficking of cultural heritage assets and the inability of respective institutions to protect the rich cultural heritage in several instances has risen the need for devising guidelines and/or action plans, in particular contexts, to face these challenges. While these challenges will be addressed in sessions under this WAC Theme ( Archaeology as a Target: Conservation and Heritage Identities in Times of Conflict ), there is a need to respond to emerging requirements.
This workshop session will be a platform for dialogue and discussion. It aims to formulate an action plan focusing initially on key questions identified for this WAC theme, and would expand to cover additional points presented in the course of the workshop. This workshop session welcomes the participation of experts facing relevant challenges reflecting on realistic solutions, with particular focus on the role of cultural heritage in reconciliation and conflict resolution.
Saturday, January 5, 2013 — 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Cultural Heritage by AIA Military Panel (CHAMP) Workshop: “Cultural Heritage Challenges in the New Military Environment”
at the 14th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America
Washington State Convention Center, Room 618, Seattle, Washington
Moderator: Laura Childs, Cultural Heritage by AIA–Military Panel (CHAMP)
The military environment is changing in various, often unpredictable ways because of the shrinking military budgets, shifting national strategic priorities, political revolutions, and other factors. Military priorities and capabilities to protect cultural heritage can be minimized or lost in such a changeable environment. CHAMP supports the military through close partnerships with many military and academic constituencies to provide cultural heritage education and training, good policy guidelines, good cultural resource tools, and scholarly advice about sites and artifacts. This workshop will address these issues and determine the best practices for aiding the military in preserving cultural heritage.
The workshop will last for one three-hour session divided into two sections. The first section will be an hour long and will be devoted to five-minute lectures; the second section will consist of roundtable discussions. Five of the lectures will consist of the 2012 CHAMP Workshop roundtable moderators summarizing actions taken since last year. Priority for the other lecture slots will be given to students summarizing their theses/dissertations on military operations and cultural heritage preservation.
In the second section, the roundtable discussions will continue last year’s topics:
Education: Discuss the types of educational materials, methods, and training aids that are available, or in development, for both the military and academia.
Contingency Plans: Develop contingency plans for immediate implementation (within 60-90 days) whenever crises occur.
Cultural Heritage Resources: Develop and make available cultural heritage information such as GIS maps, site descriptions, and a list of the cultural property covered by the 1954 Hague Conventions (e.g., museums, libraries, archives, religious sites) for military personnel to access easily.
International Military Cultural Heritage Working Group (ImCurWG) Integration with and Support to CHAMP/CCHAG: Understand how ImCurWG can work with CHAMP and other groups to provide support in crises.
Original Research: Present original research topics and ongoing projects in the areas of cultural heritage preservation and military operations.
December, 2012 Events
3-6 December 2012
8th International Lessons Learned Conference 2012
Building on previous lessons learned conferences and workshops, the 2012 event brings together military and civil communities from agencies, national defense research organizations, non-government organizations, academia and industry. It is our intention to provide an exciting program with plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate.
Conference Theme: ”Transitions” with topics:
- multi-jurisdictional responses to complex emergencies;
- stabilisation and reconstruction;
- peace keeping, peace making (conflict prevention) and peace building; and
- novel evaluation techniques and evolving lessons capability.
Papers are sought that address actual lessons (from recent and current stabilization operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions, and from United Nations activities), extant methodologies related to current operations, and recent case studies with respect to mission-focused lessons/knowledge transfer.
In keeping with the conference’s aim of sharing knowledge with the lessons learned community about best practice evaluation, papers of a more theoretical nature will also be considered if they address novel evaluation techniques and evolving lessons capability.
Deadline for papers and topics: 30 August.
Last year’s Lessons Learned Conference was attended by more than 300 people from 60 countries. Many lessons learned were provided about managing cultural and humanitarian issues. This would be an excellent forum to introduce cultural property protection to an international audience.
Direct all other enquiries to:
Australian Civil Military Centre
27-30 November 2012
ICAHM Archaeological Heritage Management Conference
ICAHM (The ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management) is pleased to announce its international conference on archaeological heritage management, to be held in historic Cuzco, Peru on November 27-30 of this year. Registration is now open.
Theme: UNESCO World Heritage Convention on its 40th Anniversary. Topics:
- Assessment of the World Heritage List 40 years later
- Hyperinflation of the World Heritage List
- Decision-making process of UNESCO
- Resisting and contesting the World Heritage List
- Potential new sites for the World Heritage List
- Local stakeholder claims on archaeological heritage
- Community development, sustainability, and heritage management
- Problematic intersections of tourism and development at archaeological sites
- Impact of war, civil disorder, climate change, and natural disasters on archaeological site preservation
- Risk assessment at archaeological sites
- Technical advances in archaeological heritage management
- Management of archaeological landscapes
- Management of historic districts
- Managing ancient water systems
- The role of museums in archaeological heritage management
- Advances in documentation
- Role of tour guides in the protection of archaeological sites
Deadline for papers/abstracts is September 15, 2012. Click here to submit an abstract.
Among the worldwide issues for consideration at this meeting are local stakeholder claims on archaeological heritage; sustainable development and community sustainability; tourism pressures and site preservation; heritage and rights; challenges to the validity and value of the World Heritage List as it quickly approaches 1,000 inscribed sites; the World Heritage List decision-making process; impacts of war, civil disorder, and natural disasters on archaeological sites; technical advances in archaeological heritage management.
While in Peru, you’ll have ample opportunities for tours of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley before and after the conference; please see our informational flier about the conference and its surroundings attached to this email and contact Happy Tours at email@example.com for tour options.
ICAHM will publish selected papers from this annual meeting in its “Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management” series published by Springer Press
28-30 November 2012
ICCROM, CCI and RCE International Meeting 2012: Reducing Risks to Heritage.
Location: Amersfoort, the Netherlands
15-17 November 2012
ICOMOS – ICORP International Symposium: Cultural Heritage Protection in Times of Risk – Challenges and Opportunities
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
31 October 2012
ICOMOS Symposium: Reducing Risks to Cultural Heritage from Natural and Human-Caused Disasters
Location: Beijing, China (during the ICOMOS Advisory Committee, Scientific Council and Executive Committee Meetings).
Click to view description of the 24 September–26 October 2012 ICCROM CPP Training Course.
4th Annual Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference
University of Bristol, Bristol, England.
Postgraduate students are invited to submit a proposal. Speaker Eligibility: Speakers must be, or plan to be, a postgraduate student of a university or other recognized institution by October 2012. Attendance at the conference is open to anyone with an interest in Modern Conflict Archaeology. Pre-registration is required.
Submission Guidelines [Deadline for submitting papers: June 30, 2012]: Proposals should be consistent with the theme, demonstrating a multidisciplinary approach to the study of modern conflict and, where possible, they should be theoretically informed. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract (not to exceed 200 words) should be submitted by email together with the applicant’s name, contact email address, telephone number and details of affiliation to a university or other institution. Proposals for papers must be submitted no later than June 30, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by July 31st, 2012. Accepted papers should be no longer than 20 minutes and accompanied by a visual presentation (PowerPoint, etc.).
Proposals and requests for further information should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
8-13 October 2012
Advanced Diploma in International Humanitarian Law and Peace Operations organized by the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, Villa Ormond, San Remo, Italy.
Event Location: Istituto per Gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, via Clerici 5, Milan, Italy
The Advanced Diploma consists of five courses, three residential courses (held 8 to 13 October 2012 at ISPI, via Clerici 5, Milan, Italy) and two distance learning courses. Special attention will be given to theoretical and practical aspects of the complex scenarios of peace operations. All classes will be conducted in English.
The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is an independent, non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1970. The main purpose of the Institute is to promote international humanitarian law, human rights, refugee law and related issues.
Enrollment deadline: 3 September 2012
8 to 12 October 2012
ICOM International Committee of Museum Security (ICOM ICMS) Annual Conference: Threats for the collections and the evacuation of collections in case of disasters or threat
Location: National Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia
24 September – 26 October 2012
ICCROM Cultural Property Protection Training Course: First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict. Held in the cooperation with UNESCO, Blue Shield and other agencies and NGOs.
Event Location: Rome, with study visits to other cities in Italy
Background. Armed conflicts world wide continue to involve deliberate or accidental damage to cultural heritage. Conflicts result in the weakening of governments and societies and endanger the core values that hold communities together. The protection and recovery of cultural heritage can play a crucial role in rebuilding societies and in overcoming the sense of loss and displacement.
Notwithstanding, in times of conflict, any operation will be delayed as ensuring security and safety of people takes precedence. As a result, it is essential for the concerned professionals working in these areas to understand how and when to intervene to secure or recover cultural heritage while law enforcement, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts are under way.
Objectives. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Analyze patterns in present-day conflicts, especially in relation to their interactions with cultural heritage;
- Explore the values associated with cultural heritage and the impact that conflict has on them;
- Assess and manage risks to cultural heritage in conflict situations;
- Secure, salvage and stabilize a variety of cultural materials;
- Take peacetime preparatory action to improve response in times of conflict;
- Critically examine the applicability of international legal instruments, and of conservation ethics and principles in times of conflict;
- Communicate successfully with the various actors involved, and work in teams.
Methodology. The course will comprise of interactive lectures, group activities, practical sessions, simulations, site visits and case studies. Participants will be asked to develop case studies drawing from their own experience and work context.
Participants. The course is aimed at those who are actively involved in the protection of cultural heritage within a variety of institutions (libraries, museums, archives, sites, departments of antiquities or archaeology, religious and community centres, etc.). It is also aimed at professionals from humanitarian and cultural aid organizations, as well as military, civilian and civil defense personnel. Those with experience in conflict situations are particularly encouraged to apply.
A maximum of 22 participants will be selected.
Teaching team: International team of professionals identified through ICCROM’s network.
Working language: English.
Course fee: 900 € (Euro).
Travel, accommodation and living expenses. Participants are responsible for their round-trip travel costs to and from Rome, Italy, and for all living expenses. To cover the cost of living, including accommodation, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of 1,800 € (Euro) for the entire duration of the course. Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies.
Financial Assistance. The organizers may offer financial support to a limited number of selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding from any other sources. Candidates are also advised to contact Italian cultural institutes in their home countries, as some may be able to offer short-term scholarships for research or training activities carried out in Italy.
Application [Application Deadline Has Passed]. Please fill out the ICCROM application form and send it together with your personal statement by mail to the contact address below. E-mail applications are encouraged. In the event that it is not possible to provide a scanned version of the necessary photographs and signatures, it will also be necessary to send a paper copy. Candidates are requested to provide a letter stating clearly the reasons for applying to the course, what they hope to learn from it, and how it will benefit them and their institution, country, or future employer (maximum of 700 words).
Collections Unit – ICCROM
Via di San Michele,13
00153 ROME RM, ITALY
Tel +39 06 585531
Fax +39 06 58553349
4th Annual CCHAG Annual Meeting
Location: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22209
Time: 0800 to 1700 Eastern Standard Time
Host: The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML), Colorado State University
The Combatant Command Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG) supports the war fighter and the military mission through the development of reference, education, and training tools to enhance military capability for Cultural Property Protection (CPP). We improve cultural awareness within DoD at the senior leadership, command, and tactical levels by helping to ensure that CPP is considered during full spectrum operations. This year’s annual meeting will bring together various subject matter experts (SMEs) from multiple levels within the Department of Defense, Department of State, and various stakeholders to develop the path forward for continued success of the CCHAG.
I. Plenary Session
Welcome: Dr. Laurie W. Rush and Dr. James Zeidler
0800 – 0850
Keynote Speaker — Timothy Melancon
Defense Intelligence Agency
0900 – 1000
Lightning Talks (5-Minute Presentations) highlighting FY2012 Accomplishments and Updates
II. Break-Out Sessions (each with Working Lunch)
1010 – 14:50
Track 1: Mapping and Planning
Discussion and Product Development with primary focus on:
- Workflows for data vetting and coordination processes
- Building a structure for effective data sharing
- Developing guidelines for productive partnering with the academic community
1010 – 14:50
Track 2: Education and Outreach
Discussion and Product Development with primary focus on:
- Additional contributions to the CCHAG website
- ROTC Curriculum Development
- Integration of Field Training and Scenarios
- Selection/vetting/training ROTC Lecturers
- Reporting cultural property in the field
- Plan for coordinating with peace keeping institutes and professional military education institution
- Setting goals and milestones for CCHAG during the coming year.
III. Closing Session
Break-Out Session Outbriefs:
- Presentation of Draft Products from Track 1 and Track 2
The Way Forward / FY2013 Brainstorming
with closing remarks from Dr. Rush and Dr. Zeidler
This meeting is by invitation only. If you are, or know of, an individual whose participation would be valuable to the C-CHAG, please use the “Contact Us” form at the top of this page.
8-22 September 2012
UNESCO Chair on Cultural Heritage and Risk Management International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2012.
Location: Kyoto, Kobe, Tohoku, Japan
28-29 August 2012
CCHAG Historical & Cultural Properties Awareness Training
Location: SOUTHCOM Conference Center of the Americas, Room 136, Miami, Florida.
Three two-hour sessions. Start times: 07:30; 10:00; and 13:30
Archeological Resources Protection Training Program
Location: Buffalo National River, Harrison AR.
The Archeological Resources Protection Training Program is presented by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and provides training in all aspects of an archeological investigation and in the subsequent prosecution of crimes. This 37-hour course is taught by accomplished instructors who are nationally-recognized subject matter experts in the fields of law enforcement, archeology and law. Enrollment is limited to federal or state law enforcement officers, archeologists and prosecutors.
Training program registration deadline: July 20, 2012.
For registration information, please contact Michaele Elmore at 912-554-2848
For course information, please contact FLETC coordinator
Charles D. Louke
Cultural Resource Protection Coordinator
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Investigative Operations Division Forensics and Special Investigative Skills Branch
1131 Chapel Crossing Road, TH381 Room 206C
Glynco, GA 31524
June 22-23, 2012
Annual ARCA Conference
On June 22, 2012 CCHAG co-founder Dr. Laurie W. Rush delivered the lecture “Working with the Military and Prevention of Wartime Looting; a Glass Half Full” at the annual ARCA Conference at Amelia Italy held by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art. On June 23, Karl von Habsburg, president of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield, and Dr. Joris Kila, president of IMCuRWG (International Military Cultural Resources Working Group) jointly received the 2012 ARCA Award for Art Protection and Security. Click to view conference brochure.
June 20-21, 2012
“Culture In Conflict“ held at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham.
This two-day symposium explored two major and complementary themes: the Military’s need to understand the nature of culture and its effects on operations, and the potential contribution of those who study culture to improve that understanding. These themes are therefore of interest both to those who plan and execute military operations and to those who are interested in the study of culture and in the practical application of cultural studies.
The fourth in a series of symposia, which have previously concentrated on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, this year’s symposium will look ahead with the title ‘Afghanistan and Beyond: Looking into an Uncertain Future’.
- What lessons have the military and academics learned thus far about the operational significance of cultural understanding?
- How can these lessons be carried forward into the unknown?
- What will be the place of cultural understanding and awareness in a training regime where resources are squeezed and future cultures of interest are unknown?
- How should cultural expertise be organized for future conflicts in unknown places?
Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria to Papua New Guinea: Challenges and an Uncertain Future
MDA Information Systems (supporting MCIA), USA and Defence Geographic Centre
‘It Works Like This – He’s a Warlord’: Engaging and Negotiating Key Power Brokers in Southern Afghanistan
Never Underestimate the Power of Stupid People in Large Groups
Department of National Defence, Canadian Forces
A Decade of Conflict in the Muslim World; Strategic Lessons for the Decade Ahead
Dysart Consulting Limited
Nudging Towards Stability: Understanding Socio-Political Organisation for Counterinsurgency
University of Cambridge
Advanced Cultural Competence
CCOE, The Netherlands
Training Courage in the United States Marine Corps
Professional Solutions LLC/US Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
Changing the Way We Think – Killing the “Lack of Capacity”- Perception
Understanding Culture, Denmark
Systemic Challenges to US Population-focused Intelligence Support to Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations: Learning from Iraq and Afghanistan
National Defense University, Washington DC, USA
Citing Sources: Analogical Reasoning and Complex Operating Environments
Thessiger and Company Limited
Understanding Narratives in Conflict
Working with Interpreters
USAF, Culture & Language Centre
A Social Scientists’ Perspective on the Evolution of Engagement at the US Africa Command
US Africa Command
SCIL: A Framework for Interactions with Local Nationals in an Intercultural Setting
TNO, The Netherlands
Role Switching as Operational Tool for Engagement with Local Nationals
TNO, The Netherlands
The Effectiveness of Cross-Cultural Competence. Empirical Findings from a Panel Study Among German Soldiers in Afghanistan
Bundeswehr Institute of Social Sciences, Germany
This two-day event was followed by the one-day symposium ”Protecting Cultural Property During Military Operations: Implications for Strategy Tactics and Preservation, Local and Global”
For further information on this event, please contact:
MH23, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon, SH6 8LA.
Telephone: +44 (0)1793 785648
Fax: +44 (0)1793 785325
June 22, 2012: “Protecting Cultural Property During Military Operations: Implications for Strategy Tactics and Preservation, Local and Global“ held at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham. This one-day symposium explored two major and complementary themes: the Military’s need to understand the nature and effects of heritage/Cultural Property on operations, and the potential contribution of those who study heritage to improve that understanding. This conference is therefore of interest both to those who plan and execute military operations and to those who are interested in the study of culture and in the practical application of archaeological and material cultural studies in the uncertainty and violence of conflict.
Cultural Heritage Experts and the Military – A 4 Phase Model for Co-operation
Looking Beyond Global Significance
The Taliban Sources Project 1979-2011
Thessiger & Company
Learning from the Past to Protect the Past? The Experiences of the Allied Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Sub-Commission in World War Two
Protection of Cultural Property under the Laws of Armed Conflict
Avoiding Collateral Damage to Cultural Sites Through the Targeting Process
Air Warfare Centre
Bosnia and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage: Conflict and Post-conflict Cultural Property Protection
How the UK can Fulfil the Military Requirements to Conform to the Hague Convention
The Art Loss Register
The Protection Granted to Cultural Sites and Monuments through the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Two Protocols
For further information on this event, please contact.
MH23, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham, Swindon, SN6 8LA.Telephone: +44 (0)1793 785648
Fax: +44 (0)1793 785325
May 4, 2012: AFRICOM Headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany. Netherlands Ministry of Defense (MOD) Lieutenant Colonel Joris Kila, PhD., founder and president of the International Military Cultural Resources Working Group (IMCuRWG), presented a briefing on 1954 Hague Convention requirements to protect cultural heritage for militaries engaged in hostilities. LTC Kila summarized his September 2011 visit to Libya, and reported on the condition of Leptis Magna in the aftermath of Operation Unified Protector. LTC Kila was a member of an international team organized by IMCuRWG and the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield that conducted an emergency assessment mission to determine the post-conflict cultural heritage situation and independently confirmed the extent of damage and looting following the collapse of the Muammar Gaddafi regime. Following the May 4 briefing, LTC Kila was presented with the Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States.For more information about this event, please contact:
Dr. J.D. Kila
Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen
Oude Turfmarkt 149
1012 GC Amsterdam ND