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A special Fitch Colloquium titled “Preservation and War” was held on 30 September 2016 at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Aslan, was a part of the second panel that explored the issue of war and the importance of preserving cultural heritage during times of conflict. His lecture “Addressing Critical Measures to Preserve Cultural Heritage During Times of War in the Arab World” brought much-needed nuance to the discussion on the significant role cultural heritage plays in post-conflict recovery.
Other participating institutions included Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the US Department of Defense.
From 19 to 21 September 2016, Dr. Aslan participated in the ICOMOS workshop on reconstruction in World Heritage properties, in Paris. The workshop produced a draft on the guidance of reconstruction within World Heritage sites. The guidance will address issues including decision-making, in relation with reconstruction, the use of modern vs. traditional techniques in the reconstruction process. The impact on outstanding universal values in relation to damage and reconstruction of inhabited heritage places and archaeological properties.
On September 19, 2016, as part of the 3rd Heidelberg Center Cultural Heritage (CCH) International Summer School entitled “Destruction and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage,” Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM’s Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE (ICCROM-ATHAR), gave on behalf of the Director General a keynote speech entitled “Destruction and Reconstruction: Lessons learnt from Beirut.” The summer school took place from 16 to 23 September 2016 at the University of Heidelberg, and dealt with the topic of cultural heritage under threat from armed conflicts, climate change, environmental influences, and neglect.
Participants from around the world such as Europe, the Middle East, and the US, all took part in the CCH International Summer School.