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Current Approaches to the Conservation of Conflict-Affected Heritage

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Independence Ave and 7th St

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Present day armed conflicts have resulted in damage, destruction, and theft of cultural heritage. This loss raises new and challenging questions to the fields of heritage preservation and conservation. How do we respond to ongoing threats? What support is appropriate for colleagues in conflict-affected areas? What forms of salvage, stabilization, conservation interventions, and commemoration are needed? Are there new or speculative scientific methods that can assist in conservation or tracking the theft of objects? Scholars and practitioners alike are working through these concerns in real time as they are faced with a moment of both real global crisis and great public attention about the post-conflict futures of heritage sites, museum collections, and cultural traditions.


Organized by the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute, and the International Council of Museums Disaster Resilient Museums Committee (DRMC), and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this symposium brings together panelists who have each addressed conflict-affected heritage through collaborative interventions, developing on-the-ground responses, or conducting much needed basic scientific studies. Participants will discuss on-going cases from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq as well as cutting-edge conservation approaches that show great promise in assisting the global effort to restore what has been damaged and recover what has been lost. This state-of-the-field gathering intends to assess the good work occurring now in conflict and post-conflict spaces and to prompt reflection on what projects will be needed in years to come.


Session 1: International Heritage Needs and Responses During and After Conflict
10:00 AM-12:15 PM

Ihor Poshyvailo, National Memorial and the Revolution of Dignity Museum
Salam Al-Quntar, Rutgers University/SIMAT
Glenn Corbett, CAORC
Fahim Rahimi, National Museum of Afghanistan


Session 2: International Exchange, Conservation Training, and Salvage in Iraq and Beyond
1:45 PM-3:00 PM

Brian Michael Lione, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute
Jessica S. Johnson, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute
Kent Severson, Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design


Session 3: New Methodological Approaches to the Heritage Conservation After Conflict
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Lisa Mol, University of the West of England, Bristol
Oliver Campbell, Cardiff University
Katharyn Hanson, Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute

Please note, lunch will not be provided.


Image:
Smithsonian-Iraqi team prepares for the Nimrud Rescue operation.
Credit: Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage


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