Architectural Monuments in Conflicts and Disasters - Prevention/Intervention/Aftercare

German National Committee of ICOMOS e.V. in cooperation with the German UNESCO Commission, the German Archaeological Institute and Blue Shield Germany

Short description

Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) - Multi purpose area 2


Hybrid conferene with simultaneous translation (German/English)

Conflicts and disasters pose an extreme threat not only to people and the environment, but also to cultural heritage. Unlike movable cultural assets, built heritage cannot be evacuated and stored elsewhere. The possibilities for comprehensive documentation are also limited at the moment of a crisis. The war of aggression against Ukraine, the armed conflicts in the Middle East, but also catastrophes such as the floods in the Ahrtal are current examples of an ever-present danger that poses a great challenge for the protection and rescue of built heritage - from world heritage sites to small historical buildings.

Programme items:

9:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome
Tino Mager (ICOMOS)
Tobias Busen (DAI)
Susann Harder (Blue Shield Germany)

10:15 - 10:30 Keynote
Carolin Kolhoff (German Commission for UNESCO)
UNESCO and the protection of cultural property

10:30 - 12:30 Section 1: Prevention
Chair: Tobias Busen
Tobias Strahl (Sarajevo), Universally protected, universally threatened: Culture and cultural heritage in asymmetric and migratory conflicts of the 21st century
Lilya Onyshchenko-Shvets (Monuments Department, Lviv), Safeguarding the Historic Centre of Lviv / Ukraine
Felix Wolter, Simone Mühl (DAI Orient Department), The Construction of the Makhul Reservoir in Iraq: Prevention and Worst Case Planning in the KulturGutRetter Project
Emma Cunliffe (Blue Shield International), The Devil is in the Detail - No-strike Lists and Beyond in Cultural Property Protection

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:00 Section 2: Intervention
Chair: Carolin Kolhoff
Tobias Busen, Wanja Wedekind (DAI Architecture Department), KulturGutRetter: Dealing with Built Cultural Heritage in Crisis Situations
Henning Burwitz (DAI Orient Department), Intervention after the Explosion in Beirut
Steffen Skudelny (Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz), A flood of the century? What does the flood of 2021 teach us in dealing with listed objects?

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 Section 3: Aftercare
Chair: Susann Harder
Katrin Junge (Weimar Classic Foundation)
Duchess Anna Amalia Library - after the fire
Georgios Toubekis (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT), Preservation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bamiyan (Afghanistan) - Perspectives and Limits of Monument Preservation in the Context of International Aid Programmes
Elisabeth Korinth (Blue Shield Germany), Postwar Recovery: Thinking Together about Aftercare and Prevention

17:00 - 17:15 Discussion
Chair: Tino Mage


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Foto: EU experts assessing cultural heritage sites' destruction in Mexico, 2017, © EU/ECHO


Deutsches Nationalkomitee von ICOMOS e.V.
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission e. V.
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Deutsches Nationalkomitee Blue Shield e.V. (Blue Shield Deutschland)


Susann Harder
Blue Shield Deutschland
Carolin Kolhoff
Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission


Emma Cunliffe
Blue Shield International
Wanja Wedekind
DAI Architekturreferat
Steffen Skudelny
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
Katrin Junge
Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Georgios Toubekis
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT
Elisabeth Korinth
Blue Shield Deutschland

Event Location

Congress Center Leipzig (CCL)