Heritage, Conflict and Reconstructions: From Reconstructing Monuments to Reconstructing Societies

Aljawabra, Alkindi (2018) Heritage, Conflict and Reconstructions: From Reconstructing Monuments to Reconstructing Societies. ICOMOS University Forum, 1 . pp. 1-18. ISSN 2616-6968 [Article] (Unpublished)

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Abstract (in English)

This paper reflects on the arguments that heritage should be more about people than heritage sites and objects and that the heritage community’s efforts in conflict contexts should be less about preservation and more about embracing change and finding creative ways to adapt. The paper is focused on Syria and it is based on an ongoing PhD research project that seeks to investigate new approaches to the questions of heritage and culture in conflict contexts. Specifically, the paper maintains that what is urgently needed today is to investigate and develop creative heritage practices that can: tackle issues that matter to the conflict-affected communities; improve the quality of their life; and increase their horizons of hope and opportunities in assembling better futures. In particular, the paper reviews the role of heritage in the society and how this heritage is understood, practiced and experienced by people. Also, the paper investigates how this heritage is approached by non-state actors in Syria—such as ‘civil society’ groups (CSGs) and the newly emerged extremist religious groups (ERGs)—and suggests that their efforts are designed to reconstruct people, their societies and their heritage as an undivided whole. The paper argues that the utilization of heritage by grassroots ‘civil society’ groups in Syria offer examples of people-centered, socially innovative and future oriented heritage practices that are truly concerned about future generations and can positively contribute to the re-building of the society by participating in managing the transformation process from a pre-conflict society to post-conflict society.

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Aljawabra, AlkindiUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: Armed confflicts; reconstruction; post-disaster situation; intangible heritage; social aspects; community participation; values; memory; cultural significance; cultural identity; Interpretation; destruction of cultural heritage; censorship; islamic extremism; Civil society; Associations; poetry; music; dance; public awareness; education; children; Syria; Yemen
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of restoration
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 03. Monuments
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 17. Intangible cultural heritage
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 04. Public awareness
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 07. Education
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 08. Children
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Olive Branch
Volume: 1
Number of Pages: 18
ISSN: 2616-6968
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 10:16
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 10:16
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