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This online seminar will showcase the research of scholars who have participated in the Cara (Council for At-Risk Academics) Syria Programme, which has provided support for academics affected by the Syrian crisis since 2016. The seminar brings together a number of research papers exploring how Syria’s cultural heritage has been impacted by the Syrian civil war since its start in 2011. It will also explore the diverse effects of violence on both tangible and intangible heritage from archaeological sites to marriage customs, and literature, highlighting the importance of participants’ local knowledge and collaboration across international academic communities.


The event will be an opportunity to spotlight Cara’s important work with displaced Syrian academics and to allow presenters to reflect on their experiences of the Cara Syria Programme. Professor Jen Baird (Birkbeck), a mentor for the programme, will also reflect on her experiences.


Papers will be presented in either Arabic or English, with simultaneous interpretation.


Booking is essential


Speakers: 

 - Dr Annie Webster (School of Advanced Study, University of London) Introduction 

 - Angus Tait (Programme Officer, Cara Syria Programme). Introduction to the Cara Syria Programme 

 - Mr Adnan Almohamad (Birkbeck, University of London). ‘The impact of ISIS on Syrian intangible cultural heritage: Marriage customs and rituals in the region of Manbij’ 
‘The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria: The Case of Shash Hamdan Tomb 1 in the Upper Euphrates, 1995–2020’ 

 - Dr Adnan Rashid Mamo (University of Aleppo) & Dr Ismail Ibraheem (University of Cologne). ‘The impact of the Syrian war on archaeological sites in Al-Hasakah Governorate’ 

 - Dr Hüseyin Esved (Bingol University). ‘The image of the Syrian in post 2011 novels from neighbouring countries’ 

 - Professor Jen Baird (Birkbeck, University of London). Reflections on Mentoring in the Cara Syria Programme