From the recent destruction of Palmyra and the looting of the National Museum of Iraq, cultural artefacts are one of the many casualties of armed conflict. What exactly is cultural property and whose property is it? How should we weigh its value against other priorities during times of conflict? What risks should be taken to protect it, and who is responsible for rebuilding and restoring when the conflict is over? Our speakers discuss the political and ethical issues around culture in war zones.
Helen Frowe is Professor of Practical Philosophy and Director of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, Stockholm University.
Issam Kourbaj is Lector in Art, University of Cambridge and a Syrian artist.
Vernon Rapley is Director of Cultural Heritage Protection and Security, Victoria & Albert Museum and Special Advisor for Cultural Protection Fund, The British Council.
Eleanor Robson is Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History and Director of the Nahrein Network, UCL.
Sarah Fine is Fellow, The Forum and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, King’s College London.