Presented by Jason Lyall, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Political Violence FieldLab
The rise of a black market trade in antiquities, along with the destruction of cultural heritage sites, have combined to fuel violence in modern conflicts around the world. Drawing on examples from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, among others, this talk will explore the relationship between cultural destruction and cycles of violence and victimization in modern conflicts. In particular, we will explore how states and rebel groups target heritage sites to punish their opponents even as they engage in widespread looting to finance these campaigns of destruction.
Please RSVP by April 11.