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The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction

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ISBN 9780367627287
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
480 Pages 13 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction presents a comprehensive view on the destruction of cultural heritage and offers insights into this multifaceted, interdisciplinary phenomenon; the methods scholars have used to study it; and the results these various methods have produced.

By juxtaposing theoretical and legal frameworks and conceptual contexts alongside a wide distribution of geographical and temporal case studies, this book throws light upon the risks, and the realizations, of art and heritage destruction. Exploring the variety of forces that drive the destruction of heritage, the volume also contains contributions that consider what forms heritage destruction takes and in which contexts and circumstances it manifests. Contributors, including local scholars, also consider how these drivers and contexts change, and what effect this has on heritage destruction and how we conceptualise it. Overall, the book establishes the importance of the need to study the destruction of art and cultural heritage within a wider framework that encompasses not only theory, but also legal, military, social, and ontological issues.

The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction will contribute to the development of a more complete understanding and analysis of heritage destruction The Handbook will be useful to academics, students and professionals with an interest in heritage, conservation and preservation, history and art history, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy and law.

Table of Contents

1. A path well worn? Approaches for the old problem of heritage destruction   

José Antonio González Zarandona, Emma Cunliffe, and Melathi Saldin 

Part 1 Understanding Destruction 

2. Heritage Destruction in Conflict  

Claire Smith 

3. Talking about Heritage Destruction in Market Countries  

Erin L. Thompson 

4. Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Peacetime and International Law 

Lucas Lixinski 

5. Development of the Law of Armed Conflict as Applied to Cultural Heritage  

Patty Gerstenblith 

6. Heritage Destruction and Human Rights  

Federico Lenzerini 

7. Heritage Destruction and Genocide: Legal Resistance, Conceptual Resiliency  

Elisa Novic 

8. Methods, Motivations, and Actors: A Risk-based Approach to Heritage Destruction and Protection  

Emma Cunliffe 

Part 2 Interpretations of Destruction 

9. Heritage Destruction, Natural Disasters, and the Environment: Geological Disasters 

Tom Dawson 

10. Heritage Destruction, Natural Disasters, and the Environment: Atmospheric Disasters  

Tom Dawson 

11. Flooded Heritage: The Impact of Dams on Archaeological Sites  

Nicolò Marchetti and Federico Zaina 

12. On Destruction in Art and Film 

Stacy Boldrick 

13. Between Heritage and the Readymade—the Imminent Aesthetic of Ai Weiwei 

José Antonio González Zarandona 

14. Heritage Predation and the Pursuit of Politics 

Mehiyar Kathem 

15. Post-conflict Recovery Challenges: Affect and Heritage in Post-conflict Cyprus and Italy 

Olga Demetriou and Elena Miltiadis 

16. Media Narratives, Heritage Destruction, and Universal Heritage: A Case Study of Palmyra 

Christopher W. Jones 

17. Collateral Damage: The Negative Side Effects of Protecting Cultural Heritage in Conflict Related Situations  

Frederik Rosén 

18. Turning Destruction into an Opportunity: Understanding the Construction of Timbuktu’s ‘success story’ by UNESCO  

Mathilde Leloup 

19. Heritage Destruction from a Humanitarian Perspective 

Jennifer Price-Jones 

Part 3 Expressions of Destruction  

20. Cultural Property Destruction and Damage in Two World Wars 

Nigel Pollard 

21. Heritage Destruction and its Impact in Scandinavia and the Baltic Region during the Second World War 

Mattias Legnér 

22. Case Study: The Wars of Yugoslav Succession  

Helen Walasek 

23. Cambodia: Gods Threatened by the Art Market and Warfare 

Angela S. Chiu, Helena M. Arose, and Ben B. Evans 

24. Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict: The Case of Syria 

Nour Munawar 

25. Iraq: Creative Destruction and Cultural Heritage in the Warscape  

Zainab Bahrani 

26. Iraqi and Syrian Responses to Heritage Destruction under the Islamic State: Genocide, Displacement, Reconstruction, and Return 

Benjamin Isakhan and James Barry 

27. Heritage Destruction in the Caucasus with a Specific Focus on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict 

Ali Mozaffari and James Barry 

28. Weaponised Heritage: Urbicide by Construction and Destruction in Nablus, Palestine 

Nurhan Abujidi 

29. What is Happening to Egyptian Heritage? The Case of Privately-owned Buildings 

Mohamed Kenawi 

30. Destruction, Development, and Heritage in Melbourne: SX Towers, Southern Cross Hotel, Eastern Market 

James Lesh and David Nichols 

31. Case Study: The destruction of Australian Aboriginal Heritage and its Implications for Indigenous Peoples Globally  

Jillian Huntley and Lynley A. Wallis 

32. Destruction of Heritage in Latin America  

María Isabel Hernández Llosas  

Part 4 Transformations 

33. Reconsidering Heritage Destruction and Sustainable Development in a Long-Term Perspective 

Cornelius Holtorf and Troels Myrup Kristensen 

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José Antonio González Zarandona holds a PhD in Art History, Archaeology and Heritage Studies from the University of Melbourne. He has held fellowships from the British Academy and Columbia University. His latest book is Murujuga: Rock Art, Heritage and Landscape Iconoclasm. Antonio researches the intersections between heritage, art and media. He has published widely on heritage destruction and iconoclasm in Australia, Iraq, Syria, Myanmar, Mexico, videogames and Google.

Emma Cunliffe holds a PhD in Archaeology from Durham University, where she studied site damage in Syria. She is a research associate in the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University (UK) and part of the Secretariat for Blue Shield International, the NGO named in the 1999 Second Protocol as an advisory body to UNESCO in matters of armed conflict. She is also the Secretary for the UK National Committee. She teaches cultural property protection for students, heritage professionals, and armed forces, and provides CPP subject matter expertise on military exercises.

Melathi Saldin is Project Officer (Enhancing Digital Participation Amongst Refugee and Migrant Background Youth) at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia. She has a PhD in Cultural Heritage Studies (Deakin University), a BA (Hons) and MPhil in Archaeology (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka). Melathi’s research looks at the politicisation of heritage and archaeology across Asia and the potential of heritage for resilience building in communities recovering from war.