Workshop 6: Proactive Planning for the Protection of Archival Heritage in Crisis – From International Law to Practice

Please be informed that the Arabic-Script Manuscripts in Africa conference will not be held in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers and their partners will share an update on the future of the event in due course.

 

This workshop will begin with a brief overview of the recommendations in international law to protect cultural heritage in crisis, in particular this 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Although designed for armed conflict, the recommendations are equally valuable in other types of crisis, such as riots and terrorism. But how do those threats differ to the more-commonly considered risks from disasters? And what does that mean in practice?

Working in small groups, workshop attendees will complete a number of small exercises designed to develop awareness of the threats to archival heritage in crisis and some of the best ways to proactively mitigate them (rather than conservation, or post-disaster first aid).

Workshop Aims:

  1. To develop understanding of international law and its relevance to heritage protection
  2. To develop understanding of the threats to heritage in crisis, particularly violence-based threats, such as riots, terrorism and conflict
  3. To develop understanding of some key measures to mitigate threats and to conduct simple mitigation exercises

 

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