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Cultural Heritage and Ethics of War – Registration Closing Soon!

Final call for registrations for Cultural Heritage and Ethics of War Conference:

Registrations close Monday 2nd September 2019

The conference will take place at Homerton College, Cambridge, 18–19 September 2019.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire)
  • Ruth Chang (Oxford)
  • Victor Tadros (Warwick)

The AHRC-funded Heritage in War Project, led by Helen Frowe and Derek Matravers, explores the moral value of cultural heritage and how we ought to incorporate this value into our accounts of the ethics of war, and deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict. Whilst some work has been done on these topics by people working in cognate areas, few philosophers have directly engaged with these sorts of questions. The aim of this conference is to begin to develop a robust account of the status of heritage in war by exploring philosophical work on such matters as incommensurability and incomparability, the nature and status of cultural heritage, risk imposition, and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged or destroyed heritage.

Provisional Agenda:

Wednesday 18th September

09.30 – 10.45: Ruth Chang (Oxford)
– Keynote: How Does Cultural Heritage Matter?

10.45 – 11.05: Coffee

11.05 – 12.05: Lisa Giombini (Roma Tre University)
– Objects and Symbols. How Should We Respect Architectural Property?

12.15 – 13.15: Erin L. Thompson (CUNY)
– Return to the Scene of the Crime: Legal, Political, and Ethical Analysis of Determinations of Safe Return

13.15 – 14.15: Lunch

14.15 – 15.15: David Garrard (Oxford Brookes)
– How to Feel About the Fall of Carthage: Cultural Devastation in Retrospect

15.15 – 15.45: Coffee

15.45 – 17.00: Victor Tadros (Warwick)
– Keynote: Cultural Destruction and Reconstruction

17.00 – 18.00: Drinks reception

Thursday 19th September

09.30 – 10.30: Rasa Davidaviciute (St. Andrews)
– Cultural Heritage, Genocide and Agency

10.30 – 10.50: Coffee

10.50 – 11.50: Samuel Bruce and Lucie Fusade (Oxford)
– When Should Post-Conflict Damage to Historic Buildings be Preserved?

12.00 – 13.15: Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire)
– Keynote: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombed

13.15 – 14.00: Lunch


Organised as part of the AHRC Heritage in War Project.

For more information about the project and other related events, please see:


Heritage in War Project (call for participants)

3rd Call for Abstracts: Heritage in War

18th-19th of March 2020

Loyola University, New Orleans

This interdisciplinary conference aims to 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.

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.

More information about the conference can be found here: