The presentation will outline the main diplomatic and legislative measures that are likely to be required in order to ratify or accede to all or some of 1954 Hague Convention measures on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
The 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict was written in response to the large-scale intentional destruction and damage to cultural property perpetrated by Nazi Germany during World War II. Following the Balkan Wars, the Convention was updated in its Second Protocol of 1999. Despite this updating, the 2003 war and subsequent occupation of Iraq have demonstrated additional shortcomings of the Convention and its Protocols.
The 19th and early 20th century efforts to preserve patriotic landmarks in this country represented not so much shared memory as an attempt to write history.
I want scrutinize a few of the more common assumptions deployed in preserving buildings and places. They relate to citizenship, aesthetics, environmentalism, and the cultivation of a politics of locality.
This paper attempts to examine some of the broad political aspects of the preservation process in Chicago by recounting a number of significant historic preservation controversies that have arisen over the past decade.