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Ruins at Risk: Mapping the Nexus Between Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict (LAW-RS-CULHER-22)


Department LAW
Course category LAW Seminar - 3 credits
Course type Course
Academic year 2022-2023
Credits 3 (EUI Law credits)
  • Niklas Sebastian Reetz (PhD Researcher) Raghavi Viswanath (PhD Researcher)
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16/01/2023 15:00-16:30 @ Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

18/01/2023 15:00-16:30 @ Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

24/01/2023 16:00-17:30 @ Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

25/01/2023 15:00-16:30 @ Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

30/01/2023 15:00-16:30 @ Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

01/02/2023 10:00-11:30 @ Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati


First and second year researchers as well as LLM researchers can gain 3 credits by attending one of the researcher-taught seminars in each academic year; they can also register for and attend further researcher-taught seminars without gaining credits.

Cultural heritage is constantly at the centre of armed conflicts, both historical and recent ones. Whether it is the widely publicized images of the destruction of Palmyra by ISIS in 2015 or the bombing of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial in Kyiv -the destruction of heritage in conflict has generated unprecedented and highly polarizing discourses involving a diverse set of individual, collective, and institutional actors. This course attempts to unpack the embeddedness of heritage and conflict through a multiplicity of lenses, introducing participants to the actors and legal regimes involved as well as to its underlying narratives. Although the (lacking) protection of cultural heritage has been gaining public attention in the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, it is equally relevant in most conflicts around the world. This course invites participants to explore the heritage-conflict nexus through their own specialized backgrounds, also beyond the legal discipline. The course topic engages various legal regimes, such as human rights law, environmental law, and even private law. At the same time, the course uses an interactive and interdisciplinary approach to unpack the regulation of the heritage-conflict nexus, treating it as an exemplary case study of how international, regional, and local actors employ international law to pursue broader interests. In doing so, the course highlights the differing motivations and narratives that emerge when concerns of humanity and security collide. Italy - and Florence in particular -w ill play a central role throughout the course, as they are home to multiple heritage actors and deeply politicized debates. Given Italy’s formative role in heritage diplomacy, the course hopes to give participants a chance to initiate a conversation with leading heritage experts from Italy.

First, Second & Third Term: registration from 19 to 26 September.

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