On 30 November 2015, Prof. Roger O’Keefe gave a lecture entitled ‘The Protection of Cultural Property, the Maintenance of International Peace and Security, and Public International Law’ at the Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. This was the second lecture in an annual series to honour the memory of Harry Weinrebe, a philanthropist and the founder of the Dorset Foundation. The series is focused on the protection of international peace and justice, values that were at heart of Mr Weinrebe’s humanitarian activities.
In the hour-long talk, Prof. O’Keefe explained that the destruction and misappropriation of cultural property and its illicit traffic and sale, in particular by powerful non-state groups, came increasingly to be viewed by states and international bodies from the perspective of the maintenance of international peace and security. In such a context, he examined recent and potential international legal developments in this direction and reflected on the promise and pitfalls of such an approach for the preservation of humanity’s cultural heritage.
The event was convened by convened by Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, and Principal Investigator of the project HEURIGHT.
Kristin Hausler, Principal Investigator of the project HEURIGHT, participated in the Cultural Heritage Scenarios 2015 conference in Venice, Italy, on the role of cultural heritage in peacebuilding.
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Reflecting the World: Museums and Collections of Visual and Sound Documentation around 1900 was an international conference organized by the Elysée Museum, the University of Lausanne and the University of Geneva, Switzerland, 5-6 November, 2015. It concerned the history of the museums and collections of iconographic and auditory materials established around 1900 with local, national or global aspirations.
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Ewa Manikowska, a member of the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT, presented a paper ‘Visual Collections and the Cultural Definition of Nations: the Case of the Polish Iconographic Archive ‘.
Hanna Schreiber, a member of the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT, participated in the 14th Assembly of Experts of the Council of Europe / ERI Carts, Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends in Europe, Wroclaw, 12-13 November 2015 (Culture and Democracy III: A Human Rights Approach to Cultural Policies). At the Public Forum of the Assembly, on 13 November 2015, the Wroclaw Commentaries have been presented for the first time by the Editors, Kalliopi Chainoglou, Anna Śledzińska-Simon and Andreas Joh. Wiesand.
Inspired mainly by two conferences on “The Right to Culture (as a Human Right)” held 2013 in Wroclaw and Warsaw, both co-organised by the City of Wroclaw and the National Cultural Centre, Warsaw and with the participation of experts of the ERICarts Institute and the European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES), the concept for a comprehensive reference handbook on ‘Culture and Human Rights – The Wroclaw Commentaries’ has been developed – the first of its kind worldwide: The Wroclaw Commentaries will be published in November by ARCult Media and de Gruyter in the framework of Wroclaw’s role as European Capital of Culture 2016.
Andrzej Jakubowski, HEURIGHT’s Project Leader, was nominated a member of the Scientific Committee of this handbook.
Culture and Human Rights – The Wroclaw Commentaries
In October 2015, Piotr Jamski and Ewa Manikowska, the members of the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT, performed an archival research (first phase) in the photographic resources of the Museum of Ethnography and Crafts in Lviv, Ukraine. The museum preserves priceless collections of documentary photography of great importance to the overall scopes of the project.
The first meeting of the research consortium’s members was held on 24-25 September 2015 in Warsaw, Poland.
The event was hosted by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
See the report of this meeting