Cultural Heritage under Siege

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This e-book is the fourth issue of the J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy. It is the result of a convening on the issue of cultural heritage under siege.

In 2016, in response to recent attacks on cultural heritage sites in Syria, Iraq, and Timbuktu, the J. Paul Getty Trust convened a meeting at the British Academy in London to discuss the need for an international framework to protect cultural heritage in zones of armed conflict. The e-book features an edited collection of presentations and discussions by 19 scholars and practitioners of diverse specialties related to the field of cultural heritage. To further explore these questions, the Trust subsequently launched the J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy.

Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Foundation, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Getty Research Institute—Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts. 

Some of the contents of the e-book are:

  • Populations at risk
  • Cultural heritage at risk
  • Military perspectives and costs: War, occupation, and intervention
  • International law: Problems and prospects
  • Social and cultural costs