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Conference: Heritage in War

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 17:00
Loyola University, New Orleans
Invited Speakers:

Laurie Rush (Cultural Resources Manager and Army Archaeologist stationed at Fort Drum)

Rob Hopkins (NYU, Philosophy)

Nancy Sherman (Georgetown, Philosophy)

Call for Abstracts:

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields, such as philosophy, international law, heritage studies, archaeology, and the military, to explore issues connected to the protection of heritage in war and conflict. Both normative and empirical papers are welcome. Suitable topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The value of heritage

  • Conceptions of value

  • Commensurability

  • Defence of heritage as a just cause for war

  • The connection between heritage and genocide

  • Ownership or stewardship of heritage

  • The destruction of heritage as a war crime, or crime against humanity

  • The use of resources for the protection of heritage

  • The damaging of heritage in war

  • The notion of universal heritage 

  • The reconstruction and preservation of heritage

  • The liability to harm of those who unjustifiably threaten heritage

  • The role of heritage in human identity and flourishing

  • The notion of cultural genocide

Extended abstracts of no more than 1500 words, to form the basis of a thirty-minute presentation, should be submitted to no later than the 1st of September 2019

We anticipate a conference registration fee of around $80, which will cover attendance, lunch on both days, and refreshments throughout the conference. There will be an optional conference dinner on the 18th. Delegates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation and travel: a list of nearby hotels will be available here in due course. 

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