|Colloquium in Damascus sparks controversy
On December 10th-11th, 2016, an international colloquium titled “New Visions and proposals for the resilience of the Syrian heritage”, was organized by the Syrian Ministry of Culture – Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums with the Ministry of Tourism in Damascus. The programme for the event is available here.
The engagement of archaeologists and cultural heritage experts during times of conflict can be difficult to navigate and their actions can quickly become politicised. Actions can be perceived in many ways in these complex circumstances. In this case, the event created some controversy, with some archaeologists issuing a statement against it (here, also reported in the French newspaper Liberation here).