The AHRC-funded Heritage in War Project, led by Helen Frowe and Derek Matravers, explores the moral value of cultural heritage and how we ought to incorporate this value into our accounts of the ethics of war, and deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict. Whilst some work has been done on these topics by people working in cognate areas, few philosophers have directly engaged with these sorts of questions. The aim of this conference is to begin to develop a robust account of the status of heritage in war by exploring philosophical work on such matters as incommensurability and incomparability, the nature and status of cultural heritage, risk imposition, and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged or destroyed heritage.
Simon Blackburn (Cambridge)
Ruth Chang (Oxford)
Victor Tadros (Warwick)
Wednesday 18th September
09.30 – 10.45: Ruth Chang (Oxford)
- Keynote: How Does Cultural Heritage Matter?
10.45 – 11.05: Coffee
11.05 – 12.05: Lisa Giombini (Roma Tre University)
- Objects and Symbols. How Should We Respect Architectural Property?
12.15 – 13.15: Erin L. Thompson and Jeff Sebo (CUNY & NYU)
- Return to the Scene of the Crime: Legal, Political, and Ethical Analysis of Determinations of Safe Return
13.15 – 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.15: David Garrard (Oxford Brookes)
- How to Feel About the Fall of Carthage: Cultural Devastation in Retrospect
15.15 – 15.45: Coffee
15.45 – 17.00: Victor Tadros (Warwick)
- Keynote - Cultural Destruction and Reconstruction
17.00 – 18.00: Drinks reception
Thursday 19th September
09.30 – 10.30: Rasa Davidaviciute (St. Andrews)
- Cultural Heritage, Genocide and Agency
10.30 – 10.50: Coffee
10.50 – 11.50: Samuel Bruce and Lucie Fusade (Oxford)
- When Should Post-Conflict Damage to Historic Buildings be Preserved?
12.00 – 13.15: Simon Blackburn (Cambridge)
13.15 – 14.00: Lunch
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