Preserving Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict: Conference Panels

Day 3 of a three-day conference at Colgate University, October 18–20, 2017

Conference Overview

The theft of cultural property, art, and antiquities from archaeological sites and public and private collections as a source of criminal and terrorist finance constitutes a tragic and prevalent trend. Cultural property crime increasingly provides a source of terrorist and belligerent finance with rapidly evolving actors, networks, and methods. This conference brings together leading authorities to address key questions. How have past conflicts shaped current response, law, and policy? Who are the key actors and why? What are the connections between cultural property crime, cultural cleansing, and genocide? How can we better combat this growing problem and protect cultural heritage?

This three-day conference is organized by Colgate University National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor, Michael Danti and Associate Professor Carolyn Guile. The conference program features diverse approaches to the issue — from diplomatic, policy, and legal perspectives to the scholarly research of art historians and archaeologists — as well as a range of regional and temporal contexts.


Michael Danti, Dept. of Classics,, 315.228.6041

Carolyn Guile, Dept. of Art and Art History,, 315.228.7907



8:15 Breakfast/Registration

Panel I: Safeguarding Heritage in Current and Recent Conflict Zones

9:00    Introductory Remarks

9:15    Emily Boak (University of Chicago, Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership)

 “Looting and Damage to Cultural Heritage in Afghanistan: Results from the  Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership”

9:45    Amr al-Azm (Associate Professor of History and Anthropology, Shawnee  State University) The Importance of Syrian Cultural Heritage and the Role  of Non-State  Actors in Preserving it”

10:15   Allison Cuneo (Co-Founder of Cultural Property Consultants, LLC and  Project Manager for Iraq Programs at the ASOR Cultural Heritage  Initiatives) “Terrorism, War, and Austerity: Confronting the Current Threats  to Iraq's Vulnerable Cultural Heritage”

10:45   Discussion/Responses with Colgate Faculty

11:00-11:20   Coffee Break

Panel II: The Lessons of Past Conflicts and the Long Perspective in Cultural Property Protection

11:30   John Radzilowski (Associate Professor of History, University of Alaska  SE) “Law or Justice? Moral and Legal Claims to Looted Cultural Property  in East Central Europe since 1945”

12:00   Ricardo Elia (Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University)

“Japanese Appropriation of Cultural Heritage during the Pacific War  (1937–1945) and Efforts to Return Looted Cultural Property during the  Allied Occupation of Japan”

12:30   Tess Davis (Executive Director, The Antiquities Coalition) “Lessons from  Cambodia: The Importance of Cultural Heritage Preservation in Post- Conflict Peacekeeping”

1:00-1:15    Discussion/Responses with Colgate Faculty

1:20–2:20   Lunch break

Panel III. Beyond the Conflict Zones: International Response

2:30    Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq., CIPM (Executive Director, Red Arch Cultural  Heritage Law and Policy) “Detection and Deterrence: A Look at the First  Lawsuit to Confiscate ISIS Cultural Heritage Assets”

3:00     Brian Brown (Principal and Owner, Cultural Cultural Property Consulting)

“The US federal system for international cultural property protection”

3:30    Special Agent Christopher McKeogh (FBI, Art and Antiquities Crimes, New York Field Office)

"The Illicit Traffic of Antiquities Relating to the Middle East and North Africa"

4:00-4:30  Discussion and wrap-up

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:15am to 4:30pm

Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium


Arts, Global and international, Academics, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences

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