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Live Webinar: Understanding and Approaching An Old Problem – A Conversation with the Editors of the Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction

October 31, 2023

Join us for this free webinar on Monday, November 13 at 9 AM EST.

Current events around the world underscore the critical need to examine the phenomenon of cultural heritage destruction. This issue, however, is far from new and takes on diverse forms and contexts, ranging from conflicts and wars to natural disasters and climate change, as well as urban development and construction.

The recently published Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction tackles this topic head on, presenting a comprehensive view of heritage destruction, the methods scholars have used to study it, and the results those methods have produced. On November 13, the Antiquities Coalition will bring together the editors for a live conversation on the development of the handbook and lessons learned from this resource on how to approach the problem of heritage destruction now and in the future. 

The discussion will be moderated by Helena Arose, Director of Programs for the Antiquities Coalition. Register here.


About the Speakers

José Antonio González Zarandona holds a PhD in Art History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies from the University of Melbourne. He has held fellowships from the British Academy and Columbia University. His latest book is Murujuga: Rock Art, Heritage and Landscape Iconoclasm (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Antonio researches the intersections between heritage, art, and media. He has published widely on heritage destruction and iconoclasm in Australia, Iraq, Syria, Myanmar, Mexico, videogames, and Google.

Emma Cunliffe holds a PhD in Archaeology from Durham University, where she studied site damage in Syria. She is a Senior Research Associate in the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University (UK), most recently co-editing Safeguarding Cultural Property in the 1954 Hague Convention. All Possible Steps? (Boydell Press, 2022). She is also part of the Secretariat for Blue Shield International, an NGO dedicated to heritage protection in conflict and disaster and the Secretary for the UK National Committee. She teaches cultural property protection for students, heritage professionals, and armed forces, and provides expertise on military exercises.

Melathi Saldin is a Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University, Australia. She has a PhD in Heritage Studies (Deakin University), a BA (Hons), and an MPhil in Archaeology (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka). Melathi’s research looks at the politicisation of heritage and archaeology across Asia and the potential of heritage for resilience building in communities recovering from war and other forms of social upheaval. She is Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage.