A major conference, "Contested Cultural Heritage," to be held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign on April 24-25, 2008, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Donny George Youkhanna, former Director of the Iraq National Museum and now Visiting Professor at the State University of New York-Stony Brook ("Mayhem in Mesopotamia" on April 24).
The conference brings together an international group of scholars to discuss how forces of religion and nationalism may act to heighten inter-group tension around heritage claims, even to the point of causing the destruction of ancient and historic sites. Among the cases to be considered are the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan; Christian and Muslim conflict resolution at a major mosque in Cordoba, Spain; different views and practices toward the indigenous past among Native Americans and the archaeologists who study their ancestors; the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles debate; Egypt's demand for the return of the Bust of Nefertiti; heritage frictions implicated in the recent Balkans War; Peru's attempt to repatriate the Machu Picchu collections from Yale University; and the aggressive marking of Protestant and Catholic identities in Belfast, Northern Ireland through wall art.
Sharon Irish, Assistant Director
Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices (CHAMP)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Department of Landscape Architecture
101 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
611 Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
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