CONFERENCE: CULTURAL HERITAGE AND THE ETHICS OF WAR
Homerton College, Cambridge, 18th – 19th September 2019
Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire)
Ruth Chang (Oxford)
Victor Tadros (Warwick)
The AHRC-funded Heritage in War Project, led by Helen Frowe and Derek Matravers, explores the moral value of cultural heritage and how we ought to incorporate this value into our accounts of the ethics of war, and deal with damage to heritage in the aftermath of conflict. Whilst some work has been done on these topics by people working in cognate areas, few philosophers have directly engaged with these sorts of questions. The aim of this conference is to begin to develop a robust account of the status of heritage in war by exploring philosophical work on such matters as incommensurability and incomparability, the nature and status of cultural heritage, risk imposition, and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged or destroyed heritage.
Registration has now closed for the conference.
The conference will take place at Homerton College, Cambridge. Accommodation for delegates will be available at Homerton. Homerton is a 15 minute walk from Cambridge Rail Station. Taxis are readily available outside the station.
Accommodation is available at the nearby Bridge Guest House (5 minutes walk) or Sorento Hotel (10 minutes walk). Alternative or cheaper options can be found by searching or
Getting to Cambridge:
Cambridge’s closest international airport is London Stansted: many European cities fly directly to Stansted. There are direct trains from Stansted to Cambridge that take about 30 minutes.
There is a direct train from London Gatwick to Cambridge. There are no direct trains from London Heathrow; the Heathrow Express or London Underground will take you to central London from the airport. Trains to Cambridge depart from King’s Cross and Liverpool Street several times an hour. The King’s Cross train takes about 50mins, the Liverpool Street about 75mins.
Wednesday 18th September
09.30 – 10.45: Ruth Chang (Oxford) - Keynote
- How Does Cultural Heritage Matter?
10.45 – 11.05: Coffee
11.05 – 12.05: Lisa Giombini (Roma Tre University)
- Objects and Symbols. How Should We Respect Architectural Property?
12.15 – 13.15: Erin L. Thompson (CUNY)
- Return to the Scene of the Crime: Legal, Political, and Ethical Analysis of Determinations of Safe Return
13.15 – 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.15: David Garrard (Oxford Brookes)
- How to Feel About the Fall of Carthage: Cultural Devastation in Retrospect
15.15 – 15.45: Coffee
15.45 – 17.00: Victor Tadros (Warwick) - Keynote
- Cultural Destruction and Reconstruction
17.00 – 18.00: Drinks reception
Thursday 19th September
09.30 – 10.30: Rasa Davidaviciute (St. Andrews)
- Cultural Heritage, Genocide and Agency
10.30 – 10.50: Coffee
10.50 – 11.50: Samuel Bruce and Lucie Fusade (Oxford)
- When Should Post-Conflict Damage to Historic Buildings be Preserved?
12.00 – 13.15: Constantine Sandis (Hertfordshire) - Keynote
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bombed
13.15 – 14.00: Lunch