THE ISSAM FARES INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
On the occasion of the "International Day of the Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime”, the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), in partnership with AGBU Lebanon and, Lepsius Haus Potsdam, hosted an annual conference titled, "Genocide Through the Lens of Cultural Rights.” The conference was held online (webinar) on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm Beirut time.
This year's theme focused on memorialization revolving mainly around genocide in light of cultural destruction and the construction of narratives and memories. The conference also focused on the role of memory as a form of prevention against genocide, and how museums and memorialization can help in providing justice to the victims. Moreover, the legal implications regarding cultural destruction are also important to mention.
Arine Ghazarian, Executive Director, AGBU
Joseph Bahout, Director, IFI-AUB
Setting the Tone
The Loss of Worlds: Genocide Culture and the Challenge of Plurality
Roy Knocke, Lepsius Haus Potsdam
Panel 1- Cultural Interventions as Prevention
Heghnar Watenpaugh, Professor of Art and Architecture at UC Davis
Panel 2 - Museums and Memorialization:
Communicating A Form of Ongoing Justice
The Role of Memory in Prevention: A Failing Story from Afghanistan
Ahmad Rashid Salim, University of California, Berkeley
Cultural Intervention in Divided Societies: Stories from Azerbaijan and Armenia
Part 1: Politics of Cultural Erasure in the Region
Simon Maghakian, Investigate Researcher
Part 2: The Azerbaijani-Armenian Conflict: An Unheeded Warning from the Past
Marcus Papadopoulos, Publisher and Editor of Politics First magazine and an expert on Russia
Legality and Justice vs. Memorialization and Cultural Rights
Part 1: Cultural Genocide in Iraq by the hands of the IS
Ali Al Nashmi – Researcher and Historian
Part 2: Heritage and Cultural Diversity at Risk in Syria
Alaa Al Sayed
Yeghia Tashjian, Associate Fellow, IFI-AUB
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