April 16, 2014

Ukrainian law on protection of cultural heritage in occupied territory

Obviously, I’m working via machine translation (and back-and-forth machine translation of documents), and the Ukrainian parliament’s website has been dysfunctional, but I believe that I’ve understood the details of Ukraine’s law on the protection of cultural heritage in its occupied territory.
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April 15, 2014

Are Russian ultranationalists attacking Ukrainian cultural property abroad?

On the 5th of April, St. Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Canada, burned down. ‘When asked if anyone in the congregation may be worried the blaze was related to the conflict in Ukraine, [Pastor Roman] Galadza said, “Absolutely not. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.“‘(1) Unfortunately, a set of incidents in Canada and the United States suggest that Russian ultranationalists are active.
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April 15, 2014

How might Ukrainian archaeologists protect cultural heritage in annexed Crimea?

This is a simple English summary of Excavation under Annexation: Archaeological Work in Crimea. I want to help archaeologists to think about how to protect cultural property in annexed Ukraine. If I can help anyone, please contact me.
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April 13, 2014

excavation under annexation: archaeological work in Crimea

I have posted a simple English summary of how Ukrainian archaeologists might protect cultural heritage in annexed Crimea. If I can help anyone, please contact me.

These are considerations, not instructions

I want to help Ukrainian archaeologists and their international colleagues to think through the possibilities for cultural heritage management in annexed Crimea. They need to establish guidelines for cultural heritage workers who come from or live in Crimea, ones who come from or live in the rest of Ukraine, and ones who come from abroad.
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April 12, 2014

Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?

Director of the Djulfa Virtual Memorial and Museum, Producer of the New Tears of Araxes and South Caucasus Specialist for Amnesty International, Simon Maghakyan has asked, ‘when does targeting monuments become a human rights abuse [or a crime against humanity]?’ ‘Should cultural monuments become an active issue of the human rights agenda?’
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April 10, 2014

Resisting institutional power: the women of St. Barnabas

Visual sociologist Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, museologist Alexandra Bounia and I have published an article on Resisting Institutional Power: the Women of St. Barnabas. All of the hard work was theirs. Any oversights are mine. Since they did do all of the hard work, I feel comfortable saying that it’s an interesting and delicate study of why and how sites of cultural practice (churches) become sites of cultural heritage (museums), and why and how community visitors and museum professionals manage and negotiate the use of such difficult places.
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April 9, 2014

ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has launched its International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods. It is a ‘collaborative platform’ for ‘information and resources’ to support the struggle against the looting and trafficking of cultural property. It’s well-designed and well-made (in terms of content as well as style). But how will it cope with controversial matters?
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April 3, 2014

Clarification awaiting clarification: the Latvian War Museum was ‘aware’ of Nazi War Diggers’ plans to excavate

A historian in the Second World War section of the Latvian War Museum, Valdis Kuzmins, has clarified his colleague’s statement.
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April 3, 2014

a note on the volunteer human rights exhumers of Legenda

Some of the dismay and anger concerning Nazi War Diggers has been directed at the local advisers and supervisors, Legenda. Latvia’s human rights exhumers are volunteers doing difficult work in difficult circumstances. As I said before, at least sometimes, their work is informed, organised and well-equipped; it is done by people who can identify bones; and it involves the recording of the site and their finds. They want to do good work all of the time, and have appealed for advice and help.
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April 1, 2014

Nazi War Diggers: Error 404 – page not found

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