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Resilience within the Rubble: reconstructing the Kasthamandap and Kathmandu’s past after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, Dhukuti, Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Kathamandu, 25th April 2018

Resilience within the Rubble: reconstructing the Kasthamandap and Kathmandu’s past after the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, Dhukuti, Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Kathamandu, 25th April 2018.

Professor Robin Coningham, UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage and IMEMS Associate Director (World Heritage) is one of the curators of the inaugural exhibition opening at Kathmandu’s new 2015 Gorkha Earthquake Museum at Hanumandhoka Palace within the Kathmandu Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 25th April 2018.

 

Opening in Kathmandu on the third anniversary of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, which devastating large areas of Nepal with substantial loss of life and livelihoods, the exhibition highlights the challenges faced during the process of rebuilding World Heritage Sites in post-disaster situations and the tensions raised by the obligation to ensure that the heritage that survived the earthquake is not itself irreversibly damaged.

 

Focusing on the experience of the Department of Archaeology (Government of Nepal) and Durham University’s UNESCO Chair in post-earthquake rescue archaeology across Kathmandu in 2015 and 2016, it explores the contribution that archaeology can make to understanding why individual monuments fell and how they can be rehabilitated with greater resilience but without triggering a second cultural disaster.

 

The exhibition is curated by Prof Robin Coningham and Dr Christopher Davis of Durham’s UNESCO Chair; Mr Kosh Prasad Acharya, former Director-General of Archaeology, Government of Nepal; Mr Ram Bahadur Kunwar and Mrs Aruna Nakarmi, Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal; Dr Craig Barclay and Mrs Rachel Barclay of Durham’s Oriental Museum; Ms Anie Joshi and Mr Kai Weise of ICOMOS (Nepal); and Prof Ian Simpson of Stirling University.

 

The exhibition is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) Global Challenges Research Fund (AH/P006256/1) and the National Geographic Society Conservation Trust Award (#C333-16) sponsored Project ‘Can We Rebuild the Kasthamandap?’ and the British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund’s Project ‘Reducing Disaster Risk to Life and Livelihoods by Evaluating the Seismic Safety of Kathmandu's Historic Urban Infrastructure’ (CI170241).

 

The project and exhibition received additional financial support from Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), UNESCO Kathmandu, the Alliance de Protection du Patrimoine Culturel Asiatique and the Pashupati Area Development Trust, and is now hosted by the Hanuman Dhoka Museum Development Committee (Department of Archaeology, Government of Nepal).

 

 

For more information about post-earthquake archaeology at the Kasthamandap, and across Kathmandu, please visit the following links:

www.durham.ac.uk/cech/unescochair/research/kathmandu/

@durunescochair

@durhamunescochair

/durhamunescochair

For details of our new project ‘Reducing Disaster Risk to Life and Livelihoods by Evaluating the Seismic Safety of Kathmandu's Historic Urban Infrastructure’ which is funded by a Global Challenges Research Fund award from the British Academy (CI170241), please visit:

 www.durham.ac.uk/cech/unescochair/research/seismicsafety/

(18 Apr 2018)


SRG Funding

We are pleased to announce that the third round of IMEMS’ 2018 Small Research Grants scheme is now open for applications. If you would like to apply, please view and download the application form which should be completed and submitted to admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

For further information visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/local/research/funding/srg/

The closing date is 4th May 2018.

(11 Apr 2018)


IMEMS Events and Research Digest

Our Digests are circulated fortnightly, usually on a Monday.

If you have an announcement you would like us to include, or you would like to get in touch with IMEMS, please email admin.imems@durham.ac.uk

Please provide your items not later than 12:00 noon on the Thursday before the next bulletin is due.

(10 Apr 2018)


RUPANDEHI: The International Buddhist Conference-2018 has kicked off in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, from today.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurated the conference where 70 representatives from 16 countries are participating, according to the Lumbini Development Trust Secretariat.


University professors and reputed Buddhist gurus from America, Japan, India, Indonesia, China and Sri Lanka have graced the event.

View further details about this event here.