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Homerton College, Cambridge, 18th – 19th September 2019


Keynote Speakers:

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. 

Provisional Agenda:

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




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