SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

Managing Palestinian Cultural Heritage: Between Threats and Opportunities

Osama Hamdan, al-Quds University

Date: 10 June 2015Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 10 June 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Lecture

The talk will show the richness, variety and beauty of Palestinian cultural heritage through the centuries and focus on the threats to this archaeological heritage over the last decades. Professor Hamdan will focus on some of his experiences with projects that have tried to strengthen the sense of identity and illustrate the link between preserving cultural heritage and economic development.  

Osama Hamdan, since 1997, is Professor of Architectural Restoration at the Higher Institute of Islamic Archaeology of Al-Quds University (Palestine); since 2006 he is professor of Palestinian Architecture at the Istituto per lo Sviluppo, la Formazione e la Ricerca nel Mediterraneo (on line courses). Since 1991 he has directed various conservation and restoration projects and is General Secretary of the Palestinian office of the Observaory for the Protection of Cultural Patrmony in Areas of Crisis of ISFORM. Professor Hamdan has published more than 30 scientific books and articles.

Chair: Scott Redford, SOAS

Organiser: Centre for Palestine Studies and the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

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