A Future in Ruins : UNESCO, International Archaeology and Conservation in Nubia | Shiv Nadar University

A Future in Ruins : UNESCO, International Archaeology and Conservation in Nubia

Prof. Lynn Meskell is Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Stanford, USA. She is also Andrew D White Professor-at Large at Cornell University, USA. Her research interests include Archaeological theory, Archaeology and Ethnography, UNESCO World Heritage, Cultural and Natural Heritage, Heritage Ethics, Identity & Politics, Gender, Sexuality, & Embodiment, Postcolonial & Feminist theory. During her teaching career spanning over two decades, she has offered courses on several of these research themes. Prof. Meskell has conducted survey and excavations in Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, South Africa, Australia and the Pacific.She has authored 12 books and over 100 research articles on various topics on archaeology, heritage and UNESCO. Prof. Meskell is also founding editor for the Journal of Social Archaeology. Her book,A Future in Ruins: UNESCO, World Heritage and the Dream of Peace, Oxford University Press: New York (2018) has been translated into Chinese (2019) and won the 2019 Society for American Archaeology Book Prize.

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 -
12:0014:00

Much has been written about the Nubian Campaign, from the heroism and humanism promoted by UNESCO, to the competing narratives of the French or Americans, to Nubia as a theatre for the Cold War, to individual accounts by bureaucrats and archaeologists. Yet if one recenters UNESCO’s originary utopian promise, coupled with its technocractic counterpart international assistance, then add the challenge of a ‘one world’ archaeology focused on the greatest civilization of the ancient world, there might be a new slant on a future in ruins. UNESCO entered into large-scale and transnational archaeology, bringing field research into a monumental conservation project. While only fleeting, and not entirely successful, this foray into field archaeology would mark both its apogee and demise at UNESCO. Archaeology would soon become the handmaiden of heritage, subservient to the more calculable metrics of physical preservation and the marketable glamour of ancient monumentality.

Thursday 29, Aug 2019
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
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