Seminar on uses, destruction and protection of the cultural heritage in times of war

On Friday, February 20th at 9:30 hrs at the Researchers Residence CSIC in Barcelona

Program and registrationcatalàespañol

“The Cultural Heritage in Times of War” is the title of the seminar carry out on Friday, February 20th at 9:30 hrs at the Residence for Researchers CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), located at the Hospital Street in Barcelona. Open and free access to the general public. The registration must be formalized with the adjacent filling in form.

Buddhas of Bamiyan (Afghanistan) before and after the destruction in 2001.(Wikimedia Commons)
Buddhas of Bamiyan (Afghanistan) before and after the destruction in 2001.(Wikimedia Commons)

This activity is under the SUMA program (which aim is to promote synergies between research centers of the Generalitat de Catalunya), coordinated by the Institut Català d’Investigació en Patrimoni Cultural (ICRPC), Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC) and the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES). In this case, is also supported by the CSIC, the Heritage for Peace Association and the CERCA (Centres dInvestigació de Catalunya), as well as the assistance of the Obra Social La Caixa and the Diputació de Girona.

The association with power

The historiographical debate on the uses, destruction and protection of cultural heritage in times of war continues today. Studying the iconoclastic attitudes in military and/or revolutionary contexts has become one of the main pillars of this debate. The primary association between iconoclasm and bandolism has given gradually step to a more complex analysis of the symbolism of art and heritage, and its relation with power. The wars of the XX century and the military conflicts of the XXI century are a clear testimony, and the clearest evidence that this problem is not yet solved.

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