Culture in Crisis Workshop II (co-hosted with V&A London)

Event time: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 10:45am to 4:30pm
Yale West Campus Conference Center See map
800 Heffernan Drive
West Haven, CT 06516
Event description: 

Speakers and panelists (may be subject to change):

  • Samir Abdulac, ICOMOS France
  • Maamoun Abdulkarim, DGAM Syria
  • Lisa Ackerman, World Monuments Fund
  • Ziad al Saad, Yarmouk University, Jordan
  • Abdulameer  al-Hamdani, SBAH Iraq
  • Gustavo Araoz, ICOMOS
  • Stefano Baia Curioni, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Robert Bewley, Oxford University, UK
  • Irina Bokova, UNESCO
  • Lassana Cissé, Cultural Heritage of Mali, Mali
  • Alison Cuneo, ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives, USA
  • Stefano De Caro, ICCROM
  • Molly Fannon, The Smithsonian Institution, USA
  • Eckart Frahm, Yale University, USA
  • Pamela Jerome, Columbia University, USA
  • S.Vijay Kumar, India Pride Project, India
  • Elizabeth Lee, CyArk, USA
  • Rod McIntosh, Yale University, USA
  • Alan Plattus, Yale University, USA
  • Vernon Rapley, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
  • Kishwar Rizvi, Yale University, USA
  • Martin Roth, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
  • Anupam Sah, CSMVS Mumbai, India
  • Catherine Sease, Yale University, USA
  • Stefan Simon, Yale University, USA
  • Laura Tedesco, U.S. Department of State
  • Nagi Saleh Thowabeh, GOPHCY, Yemen
  • Yusuf Abdallah Usman, Cultural Commission, Nigeria
  • Corine Wegener, Smithsonian CHRI, USA
  • Tim Whalen, Getty Conservation Institute, USA
  • Donna Yates, University of Glasgow, UK

An International Conference at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum London under the patronage of UNESCO, will host a satellite event to the UN Global Colloquium of University Presidents at Yale University. It will focus on the ongoing destruction and loss of cultural heritage in North Africa and the Middle East, which is a cause for worldwide concern and condemnation. As is the exodus of people and talent from some parts of the region resulting in the loss of cultural knowledge as well as local arts and crafts.
In April 2015 a colloquium co-hosted by the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage under UNESCO Patronage addressed three topics: lessons from the past, current concerns, and options for action now and in the future. At the London Culture in Crisis workshop we have discussed not only the extent of loss of cultural heritage, but also the impact of these war crimes on local and global societies and the ability to recover rebuild and forgive.
On April 11th as a satellite event to the UN Global Colloquium, the Yale Institute for Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Victoria & Albert Museum will be hosting the 2nd Workshop on “Culture in Crisis” in New Haven, CT. The principle aim of the workshop will be to convene stakeholders and decision-makers from the most affected regions to discuss relevant questions to help inform the Global Colloquium of the current situation, especially on efficient response to looting, illicit trade, the destruction of sites and urban fabric, the humanitarian impact and loss of local skills, crafts and indigenous knowledge.

We invite presentations in support of the above program. We are looking for statements and analyses (e.g. in the form of Power-Point presentations) of up to 7-10 minutes. For further information please contact Stefan Simon, IPCH Director ( and Vernon Rapley, Security Director, Victoria & Albert Museum (

The Workshops is free to attend and its outcome will inform the discussions at UN global colloquium about gaps in research and training and possible focal areas of institutional collaboration. The conclusions of the workshop will be presented by a rapporteur to the UN Global Colloquium Plenary on April 13th. The intention will be to film and make the workshop available to the public. Please consider this when proposing and preparing presentations.

Planning committee for this event: Stefan Simon, Vernon Rapley (V&A),  Eckart Frahm, Rod McIntosh, Alan Plattus, Kishwar Rizvi, Catherine Sease, Anne Underhill