CFP: Antiquities under Attack: Cultural Heritage in Times of War
October 23rd -26th, 2013
This is a multidisciplinary, international conference on the protection of cultural heritage under threat of warfare to be held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut/Byblos from October 23rd to 26th 2013.
The aim of this conference will be to raise awareness of the importance of protecting cultural heritage in times of armed conflict. A central question is of how international guidelines regarding the treatment of cultural property can be best implemented and maintained in current and future conflicts, taking into account recent archaeological, political and military developments.
We invite papers from both established and early career researchers of archaeology, history, classics, military history, political science, international affairs, journalism, law and other fields. It is our ambition to unite all who, from sometimes very different perspectives, care about the future of our past.
Although the primary focus is on the current situation in the Middle East, in particular recent events in Syria and Lebanon, we also hope to learn from the history of the protection and/or recovery of cultural heritage in other areas. Cultural heritage is defined broadly so as to include discussion of the protection of both tangible (monuments, archaeological sites, buildings et cetera) and intangible (freedom of speech, literature, identities et cetera) objects.
Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Damage reports of cultural heritage in areas currently subject to violence.
- Risk assessment of areas under threat of potential violence.
- International rules and regulation regarding cultural property, their ratification and maintenance.
- Examples of success stories & lessons learned.
- The use and importance of cultural heritage in the establishment of long-lasting peace in post-war situations.
Presentations should be 25 minutes long. Please send abstract proposals of no more than 300 words to Lydia.email@example.com before February 28th 2013. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than 28thof March 2013. The conference is organised by LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences. Queries should be addressed to dr. Langerwerf at the above email.
The conference will be held at the Beirut and Byblos campuses of LAU. The conference fee will include participation in excursions and workshops. Transportation between the two campuses will also be arranged.
Not included are costs for accommodation, lunch, dinner and travel. We will, however, negotiate for room rates at hotels in Beirut and Byblos. Information on how to book accommodation will be made available in due time on the conference website: http://www.lau.edu.lb/news-events/conferences/antiquities/
The conference fee will be: $ 75,-
For Students/Unemployed: $ 50,-
Per Day: $ 30,-
The Conference Fee may be wired into our account using the below details, or alternatively, you may pay in cash during registration on the first day.
Incoming payment from any foreign bank in US Dollars:
Byblos Branch - Lebanon
Account number: 156898 461 002 014 19 - Lebanese American University
Swift code: AUDBLBBX
Description: Antiquities under Attack
IBAN: LB64 0056 0001 5689 8461 0020 1419