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UNESCO, Outstanding Universal Value and beyond

27th February 2014, 17:30, Pemberton Lecture Room, PG20, Dr Sophia Labadi

This event part of the World Heritage Site lecture series for 2014. It is free and open to all, but attendees are asked to email admin.imems@durham.ac.uk to book a place.

Abstract: This session will discuss my latest book. This publication explores the international legal framework developed by UNESCO to identify and protect World Heritage and its implementation at the national level. Drawing on close policy analysis of UNESCO's major documents, extensive professional experience at UNESCO, as well as in-depth analyses of case studies from Asia, Europe, and Latin America, it offers a nuanced discussion of the constitutive role of national understandings of a universalist framework.

The second part of this session will present the recent work by Dr. Labadi. This recent research takes account of some of the limits of this book, departs from it, and offers a reflection on migrants, museums and human rights.

Dr. Sophia Labadi is currently Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Director of the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent and consultant for international organizations. She previously worked for UNESCO, in the Secretariat of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and participated in the strategic planning and drafting of the 2009 UNESCO World Report on Cultural Diversity. In parallel, she was an active researcher and received a number of scholarships and awards, including a Getty Conservation Guest Scholarship (2006-2007); the 2008 Cultural Policy Research Award as well as an International Senior Fellowship from Durham University in 2012. Her latest publication is: ‘UNESCO, Cultural Heritage, and Outstanding universal value’ published in 2013 by AltaMira. 

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.