ISIS and the Cultural Heritage Crisis of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen
Sponsored by Princeton University Department of Classics Princeton University Department of Near Eastern Studies Princeton University Department of Politics Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies Lichtenstein Institute for Self-Determination Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, & Central Asia AIA Princeton Society
Friday, February 12, 2016

106 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08542
United States

A one-day conference organized by The Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and The Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has caused untold damage to the cultural heritage of the region. As a result of the fighting, countless monuments have been destroyed, archaeological sites looted, and priceless manuscript collections lost.

This conference seeks to understand the nature and scope of the damage by bringing together a distinguished group of scholars from several fields. The goal is to not merely explain what has been lost, but why ISIS engages in this behavior, what initiatives are underway to document and stem the damage, and how international law might be reconceived to contain future crises like this.


  • Alexander Bauer, Dept of Anthropology, Queens College & CUNY Graduate Center
  • Cole Bunzel, Dept of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
  • Michael Cook, Dept of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
  • Michael Danti, Dept of Archaeology, Boston University & American Centers of Oriental Research
  • Samuel Helfont, Program in International Relations, University of Pennsylvania
  • Charles Henry, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • David Magier, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, Princeton University
  • Stephen Urice, School of Law, University of Miami
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Nathan Arrington


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