Beyond Destruction: Archaeology & Cultural Heritage in the Middle East & North Africa

Friday, March 11 – Saturday, March 12, 2016, See event website for times and locations
Organizers: UC Berkeley Center for Middle Eastern Studies & Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required using the link provided below.

Conference Theme:

The well‐publicized destruction of antiquities at the hands of the self-proclaimed Islamic State has highlighted the urgent, long‐standing need for a global discussion of cultural heritage protection in the Middle East. This symposium aims to move public discourse around cultural heritage beyond reactions to looting and destruction and to engage more deeply with responses from academic and governmental institutions. The program will also focus on emerging currents within the discipline of Middle Eastern archaeology that emphasize a well‐rounded approach to cultural heritage and ask invited scholars and practitioners, government officials, artists, and the public to engage both with archaeological remains and the living communities in which research is conducted.

Speakers & Panelists:

Dr. Salam Al Kuntar, Morehshin Allahyari, Dr. Amr Al‐Azm, Dr. Dana DePietro, Dr. Patty Gerstenblith, Dr. Soroor Ghanimati, Dr. Monica Hanna, Dr. Michael Harrower, Dr. Rita Lucarelli, Dr. Lisa A. Maher, Dr. Sabrina Maras, Allison Mickel, Cinzia Perlingieri, Dr. Benjamin W. Porter, Dr. Carol Redmount, Carla Shapreau, Barry Threw, Dr. Susan Wolfinbarger

Pop-Up Palmyra: Responses to the Destruction of the Past

CMES, in partnership with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, is organizing Pop-Up Palmyra: Responses to the Destruction of the Past. The informal, short-term exhibition will be on display in the Stanley Hall Atrium on March 12, and then again in other campus locations during CalDay on April 16.

The CMES organizing committee is accepting submissions in any artistic medium, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, performance art, dance, spoken word, poetry, theater and music. Submissions are welcome from anyone in the Berkeley community: students, staff, faculty, and members of the public!

To be considered for the March 12 (Beyond Destruction) Pop-Up Palmyra Expo, apply by March 1, 2016.

To be considered for the April 16 (CalDay) Pop-Up Palmyra Expo, apply by April 1, 2016.

The form for submission can be found below

Form for Art Submissions