EMMA CUNLIFFE – “SYRIAN HERITAGE IN CONFLICT: DESTRUCTION AND PROTECTION”

DWHS Series - May 2017 lectureDURHAM WORLD HERITAGE SITE LECTURE SERIES: HERITAGE AT RISK – MAY LECTURE
Wednesday 24th May, 6pm
Venue: Learning Room, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham

EMMA CUNLIFFE – “SYRIAN HERITAGE IN CONFLICT: DESTRUCTION AND PROTECTION”

“The conflict in Syria has devastated both the people and the cultural heritage, affecting all of Syria’s World Heritage sites, and most of the Tentative World Heritage sites, as well as countless smaller sites. This talk will look at the destruction, examining some of the myths around it, the reasons why it happens, and highlighting the work being done all around the world to help Syrians protect their wonderful heritage.”

Dr Emma Cunliffe is a member of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) Project, based at Durham, Oxford, and Leicester Universities. Her research looks at heritage destruction in peace and in conflict, and at ways to protect sites. Initially specialising in Syria, she now examines heritage destruction in a number of countries. Much of her work involves satellite imagery analysis to assess damage to sites, including consultancy for the UN satellite imagery agency UNOSAT, which support research into improving policies and training for site protection for heritage.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

This lecture is free but please do write an email to raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk to confirm your attendance as spaces are limited.

Do bookmark 22nd June for a very special and exciting opportunity to see the film “Destruction of Memory” (http://destructionofmemoryfilm.com/) with an opportunity to meet and talk to the Director, Tim Slade.

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