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Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict - 18-19-20/10/2017, Hamilton (NY,USA)

The theft of cultural property, art, and antiquities from archaeological sites and public and private collections as a source of criminal and terrorist finance constitutes a tragic and prevalent trend. Cultural property crime increasingly provides a source of terrorist and belligerent finance with rapidly evolving actors, networks, and methods. This conference brings together leading authorities to address key questions. How have past conflicts shaped current response, law, and policy? Who are the key actors and why? What are the connections between cultural property crime, cultural cleansing, and genocide? How can we better combat this growing problem and protect cultural heritage? This three-day conference is hosted by Colgate University Professors Michael Danti and Carolyn Guile. The conference program features diverse approaches to the issue — from diplomatic, policy, and legal perspectives to the scholarly research of art historians and archaeologists — as well as a range of regional and temporal contexts.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 18-19-20/10/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Colgate University, Hamilton (NY, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Michael Danti (Colgate University) ; Carolyn Guile (Colgate University)

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October 18 Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict The Monuments Men: Free Film Screening Screening of The Monuments Men Wednesday evening, October 18 at 7:30, Hamilton Theater for the Colgate and local communities. Reserve your free ticket on (first-come, first-serve) October 19 Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict Conference Keynote Keynote Speaker: Robert Edsel, Author and Founder & President of the Monuments Men Foundation Lecture title: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict Time & Location: 4:00 p.m., Golden Auditorium, Little Hall, Colgate University Book signing: 5:30 pm immediately following lecture in the Little Hall lobby, ground floor. Sponsored by the Office of the President, Program in Western Art and Culture, Program in Classical Studies, Center for Freedom and Western Civilization, Global Engagements, Colgate University October 20: Conference Panels Location: Golden Auditorium, Little Hall

8:15 Breakfast/Registration

Panel I: Safeguarding Heritage in Current and Recent Conflict Zones

9:00 Introductory Remarks

9:15 Emily Boak (University of Chicago, Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership) “Looting and Damage to Cultural Heritage in Afghanistan: Results from the Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership”

9:45 Amr al-Azm (Associate Professor of History and Anthropology, Shawnee State University) The Importance of Syrian Cultural Heritage and the Role of Non-State Actors in Preserving it”

10:15 Allison Cuneo (Co-Founder of Cultural Property Consultants, LLC and Project Manager for Iraq Programs at the ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives) “Terrorism, War, and Austerity: Confronting the Current Threats to Iraq's Vulnerable Cultural Heritage”

10:45 Discussion/Responses with Colgate Faculty

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

Panel II: The Lessons of Past Conflicts and the Long Perspective in Cultural Property Protection

11:30 John Radzilowski (Associate Professor of History, University of Alaska SE) “Law or Justice? Moral and Legal Claims to Looted Cultural Property in East Central Europe since 1945”

12:00 Ricardo Elia (Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University)

“Japanese Appropriation of Cultural Heritage during the Pacific War (1937–1945) and Efforts to Return Looted Cultural Property during the Allied Occupation of Japan”

12:30 Tess Davis (Executive Director, The Antiquities Coalition) “Lessons from Cambodia: The Importance of Cultural Heritage Preservation in Post- Conflict Peacekeeping”

1:00-1:15 Discussion/Responses with Colgate Faculty

1:20–2:20 Lunch break

Panel III. Beyond the Conflict Zones: International Response

2:30 Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq., CIPM (Executive Director, Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law and Policy) “Detection and Deterrence: A Look at the First Lawsuit to Confiscate ISIS Cultural Heritage Assets”

3:00 Brian Brown (Principal and Owner, Cultural Cultural Property Consulting) “The US federal system for international cultural property protection”

3:30 Special Agent Christopher McKeogh (FBI, Art and Antiquities Crimes, New York Field Office)

"The Illicit Traffic of Antiquities Relating to the Middle East and North Africa"

4:00-4:30 Discussion and wrap-up

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