Stabilization and Recovery of Iraqi Cultural Heritage in post-ISIS Contexts: Ongoing Efforts at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage

Lione, Brian Michael, Khorsheed Qadir, Abdullah, Hanson, Katharyn, Johnson, Jessica S. and Wegener, Corine (2018) Stabilization and Recovery of Iraqi Cultural Heritage in post-ISIS Contexts: Ongoing Efforts at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Active since 2009, the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq is a unique, global collaboration that trains Iraqi cultural heritage specialists in international-standard heritage conservation practice. In its earliest years, the Iraqi Institute partnered with American academic institutions to deliver long-form coursework in architectural conservation, collections conservation, and archaeological site preservation. The Institute has also hosted shorter courses offered by other nations and institutions, most notably the Italian Foreign Ministry and the World Monuments Fund. After the spread of ISIS into Iraq in 2014, the Iraqi Institute expanded its mission to include emergency preparedness and disaster response approaches. In 2015, several organizations partnered to deliver a short course in the safeguarding and recovery of heritage in conflict areas. Based on their role in that successful course, the Smithsonian Institution returned to the Iraqi Institute in 2016 to deliver a 22-week program that focused on the heritage conservation fundamentals needed to effectively prepare for, and respond to conflict-driven damage to heritage. A highlight of all coursework at the Institute is the importance of heritage in civil society in all contexts, including stabilization and recovery from disasters. Additionally, the Iraqi Institute welcomes students of all religious, ethnic and gender identities from across Iraq, and connects them to Iraqi and international experts who teach the courses. In this way, the Institute serves as a safe space for Iraqis to learn about each other while learning ways to improve the management of their own irreplaceable cultural heritage, and promotes peace and understanding between Iraqis and their international colleagues. This paper will highlight the Institute’s origins through the lens of its latest collaboration with the Smithsonian: an effort to directly support Iraqis in planning for the stabilization and recovery of the Nimrud archaeological site.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Lione, Brian MichaelUNSPECIFIED
Khorsheed Qadir, AbdullahUNSPECIFIED
Hanson, KatharynUNSPECIFIED
Johnson, Jessica S.UNSPECIFIED
Wegener, CorineUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: peace; conflict; disaster; identity; Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage; heritage conservation; site preservation; safeguarding; ISIS; Iraq; recovery; damage; management; collaboration; teaching
Subjects: B. ARCHAEOLOGY > 02. Archaeological site and remains
D.URBANISM > 04. Rehabilitation
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 04. World Heritage in Danger
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 19th General Assembly, New Delhi, 2017
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 16:11

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