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Cultural Heritage and Conflict: A complicated relationship

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Until now, the study of the destruction of cultural heritage during wars has focused on the material damage suffered by sites or on the looting of objects. This focus on material destruction has overlooked other aspects including how cultural heritage can be ‘armed’ during conflicts becoming not only a passive victim of destruction but also activated as a means of violence, excluding and intimidating. My research project explores ideas of ‘cultural violence’ to work towards a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between cultural heritage and conflict, its dynamics, and long-term consequences for postwar recovery.

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