IUS Professors Attended Final Conference of Research Program 'Heritage at War in the Mediterranean Region'

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aliye F. Mataracı, the Coordinator of Social and Political Program and Dr. Gorčin Dizdar attended the final conference of the two-year research program « Heritage at War in the Mediteranean Region » in Beirut between June 29 - 30, 2017. The International Conference was organized by the Department of Contemporary Studies, French Institute of the Near East, in collaboration with the Institute of Fine Arts, Lebanese University with the support of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). This comparative and multidisciplinary conference presented the result of a two-year research program along three main themes. Theme 1 : 'Symbolic heritage and memorial narratives: from fieldwork to museums'. Theme 2: 'Of territorialization and powers: between urban renewal, spacial manipulation and appropriation strategies'. Theme 3: 'Heritage-making as reconstruction? Limits and potentials'. Speakers included members of a multidisciplinary team involved in analyzing field-data, and producing visual materials and databases in order to reassess the long-term effects of conflicts on heritage. The conference aimed to contribute to a better understanding of risks to heritage in critical situations and to highlight political, cultural and social disintegration besides physical destruction.

The main objective of the two-year research program « Heritage at War in the Mediteranean Region » (2015-2017) is to assess themes and critical issues related with heritage specifically in times and zones of conflict, especially in terms of identity and power. The research program resulted in significant contributions to the field through with its initial workshop organized by Dr. Aliye F. Mataracı in collaboration with Dr. Caecilia Pieri, Head of the Urban Observatory, IFPO at IUS in Sarajevo between July 11-13, 2015 (https://news.ius.edu.ba/news/workshop-topic-heritage-war-mediterranean-region). The second workshop organized in Istanbul in 2016 was followed by the final international conference in Beirut, July 29-30 2017.  The proceedings of the International Conference will be published by the end of 2017. The research program also provided grants for young researchers: Senior Assistant Lejla Dizdarević affiliated with the Faculty of Business and Administration at the International University of Sarajevo received the 2016 grant for her work titled “Heritage as Reminder of War; Sarajevo Tour” and Emir Isović (MA) is the 2017 candidate for the grant with his visual contribution to the research program, titled “Illustrated Map of Damage on Sarajevo Sacral Heritage during the 1992-95 Siege”. Please consult https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN_U3aCpH1s for a short video of the brief description of the research program by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aliye F. Mataracı and young researchers.