Cambridge conference investigates the fate of heritage in the wake of warHistorians in the News
Culture Wars are struggles played out within and beyond the arenas of military conflict. Where the word 'culture' once denoted benign enrichment, it is now a term conjuring up images of violent polarisation and conflicting interpretations. Different groups are now prepared to defend their respective ideas of where their cultural heritage begins and ends, who are its guardians and the role this guardianship entails. Entrenched positions strain 'the nexus between cultural heritage and human rights' as is evident in the Balkans, or in the Taliban's deliberate destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan.
Such critical moments demand an urgent debate about the changing meaning of cultural heritage and its attendant symbols. Whether the violation is carried out against ancient monuments or modern icons of corporate achievement such as New York's Twin Towers, the underlying motivation for such acts points to an unshakable belief in the validity of a specific cultural viewpoint. Preservation moves perilously close to iconoclasm. Professor Mary Jacobus, Director of CRASSH, points to 'the urgency surrounding the preservation of cultural sites and historical monuments in times of war' as the driving force behind this conference, a collaboration between CRASSH, the Getty Research Institute, and the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
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