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Cultural Heritage and War: What Can Be Done

November 9, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Library, Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Ave, NYC 10027)

Brian I. Daniels, the director of research and programs for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania, studies how the intentional destruction of cultural heritage is designed to erase people from history. This has become an all-too-familiar feature of contemporary violence. Recent cases stretch from Russia's cultural targeting in Ukraine back to the obliteration of historic sites across Syria and Iraq,
the 2012 destruction of Sufi shrines in Timbuktu (Mali), and the 2001 demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. It often seems like nothing can be done. But there are ways that cultural workers and the international community can step in to help. This talk explores how.

Francesco de Angelis, Columbia University; Antonis Kotsonas, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU

The Archaeological Institute of America's New York Society; Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia

This event is part of the Italian Academy's International Observatory for Cultural Heritage (IOCH).