Conference: Cultural Heritage and the Ethics of War

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Monday, 23 September, 2019 to Friday, 27 September, 2019
New Orleans

Call for Papers

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields, such as philosophy, international law, heritage studies, archaeology, and the military, to explore issues connected to the protection of heritage in war and conflict. Both normative and empirical papers are welcome. Suitable topics include (but are not limited to):

•The value of heritage
•Conceptions of value
•Defence of heritage as a just cause for war
•The connection between heritage and genocide
•Ownership or stewardship of heritage
•The destruction of heritage as a war crime, or crime against humanity
•The use of resources for the protection of heritage
•The damaging of heritage in war
•The notion of universal heritage
•The reconstruction and preservation of heritage
•The liability to harm of those who unjustifiably threaten heritage
•The role of heritage in human identity and flourishing
•The notion of cultural genocide

Extended abstracts of no more than 1500 words, to form the basis of a thirty-minute presentation, should be submitted to no later than the 1st of September 2019. The conference is part of an AHRC-funded project on Heritage in War; more information is available on the project website,

We anticipate a conference registration fee of around $80, which will cover attendance, lunch on both days, and refreshments throughout the conference. There will be an optional conference dinner on the 18th. Delegates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation and travel. Please note that we do not have travel bursaries for those whose papers are accepted.

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