The second Protecting the Past conference (entitled ‘Towards a Better Future with Cultural Heritage’) will be held in Sulaimani (KRG, Iraq) in autumn 2016. A conference field trip to the Erbil Citadel will also take place prior to the conference. This event is co-organised by EAMENA, the Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE) at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani (AUIS) and the Department of Archaeology of the University of Sulaimani. It coincides with AUIS’ 2nd Annual Iraq and Kurdistan Region Cultural Heritage Symposium.
With this conference, we intend to move beyond the description of the threats facing cultural heritage in the region, and focus instead on the new approaches and projects aiming at heritage monitoring, protection and preservation. The conference will examine projects in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, with particular emphasis placed on newly-launched projects for Iraq such as the British Museum Emergency Heritage Management Project.
Up to 30 local, regional, and international speakers will take the floor to discuss themes such as remote sensing and cultural heritage protection, the digitisation of museums, the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles to record endangered heritage, and emergency training initiatives.
Immediately following the conference, EAMENA will provide a training workshop on remote sensing, GIS and archaeological inventories. This workshop, which is aimed at Iraqi archaeologists, practitioners and a restricted number of AUIS students, will be open to invited participants only. Our goal is to go beyond discussion and provide practical skills for managing cultural heritage in the region in the future.
Structure and venues
The conference will take place in the lecture hall of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. Attendance is free, but registration is necessary as seats are limited. Registration for this event will open on 10 October 2016.
The training session taking place after the conference and is opened to invited participants only.