Two Sides of the same Coin. Thoughts on Destruction and Preservation of ‘Cultural Heritage’ in the Middle East

  • 08 Feb
    2019

    Critical Theory, Aesthetics, and Practice

    Mirjam Brusius

Two Sides of the same Coin. Thoughts on Destruction and Preservation of ‘Cultural Heritage’ in the Middle East

Image: American Colony, Palmyra. Workmen moving massive capital. Syria Tadmur, photograph, 1920 [approximately to 1933], Photo Dept, photographer, Library of Congress

Archaeology and tangible heritage (artefacts, buildings and sites) have always played key roles in identity and nation-building in the Middle East. Yet scholars have yet to provide insights into what in the Middle East has historically been deemed of value, why, and for whom. Moreover, current notions of what 'cultural heritage' is and how it should be preserved are limited. The paper will treat preservation and destruction as historical phenomena, which were rarely exclusive, but rather connected and identified in crucial ways.

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February 8, 2019

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Mirjam Brusius

Mirjam Brusius

Dr Mirjam Brusius is a research fellow in Colonial and Global History at the German Historical Institute London, and currently sponsored through its India Visiting fellowship programme. She holds degrees in History of Art and Cultural Studies (MA Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2007) and History and Philosophy of Science (PhD University of Cambridge 2011). Her current interests concern the history of archaeology, the history of heritage, the history of photography, and the tensions between preservation and destruction in the Middle East and Europe. She recently co-edited (with Kavita Singh) 'Museum Storage and Meaning: Tales from the Crypt' (Routledge, 2018).