Colloque IEA "Destroying Cultural Heritage in Syria, 2011-2017"
6-7 février 2018, Institut d'études avancées de Paris, Hôtel de Lauzun, 75004 Paris.Colloque organisé par Abdalrazzaq Moaz (résident 2017-2018 de l'IEA de Paris), avec le soutien de la Fondation Gerda Henkel. Avec notamment François Burgat (Iremam).
The aim of this conference is to provide a synthesis of the documentation collected and research conducted about the destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria between 2011-2017. Since 2011, Syrian archaeological heritage has been suffering by bombardment, explosions, looting.. Many articles and photos have been published and disseminated online to document the damage to the Syrian cultural heritage, emphasizing not only the importance that ancient sites and historic buildings have assumed in the history of Syria, but how their protection is crucial to preserve the cultural identity of the Syrian people. This conference aim to offer synthesis of the actions and interpretations that have been undertaken by different bodies and organizations as well individuals towards the tangible cultural heritage from the 2011 until 2017. International acknowledgement of the crisis has been expressed and responses launched through actions such as documenting and updating information involving social media (i.e. Facebook, YouTube, websites, blogs, etc.), and short-term (i.e. petitions, statements, press releases, etc.) and long-term projects (i.e. lectures, exhibitions, workshops, training, etc.). It is necessary to provide a synthesis of these actions not just photos and images, that aim to increase understanding of the reason of these damages, and to cover as much as possible of regions in Syria.