A US Army tank outside part of the Iraq National Museum in March 2003. (Photo: Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly)
Peter Stone is co-organising the Call for Papers for Culture Under Threat, a joint conference organised by the American University of Rome, Blue Shield, World Archaeological Congress, and Newcastle University.
2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its 1st Protocol and also the 15th anniversary of its 2nd Protocol. Sadly, almost every part of the world has seen armed conflict since 1954 and cultural property has been damaged in all of these conflicts through collateral destruction, military insensitivities, and extensive looting.
The conference will be held May 15-21, 2014, at the American University of Rome. It will review what actions are currently taken to mitigate the destruction of cultural property during conflict and address what might be done in the future to enhance its protection and to restrict and counter the trade in illicit antiquities that feeds off conflict. The conference will conclude with a discussion of a draft of the World Archaeological Congress’ Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.