This ASOR workshop will take place in Chicago, on November 15-18. It is a hybrid event.

The abstract submission is open from February 15 to March 15. Please see the following link for more information:

Cultural Heritage in Crisis: People Oriented (Workshop)

Session Chairs:
Tashia Dare [email protected], Independent Scholar;
Jenna de Vries Morton [email protected], Umm al-Jimal Archaeological Project


This multi-year workshop centers on the people behind cultural heritage before, during, and after conflict: heritage professionals and local communities. The workshop is concerned with mitigating risk, building resiliency, and forging and maintaining healthy and meaningful relationships.

The first year’s theme explores the needs of cultural heritage professionals. Questions to consider include: How do we mitigate the risks heritage professionals face? What resources are needed to protect heritage professionals? How do we prepare local heritage professionals before conflict happens? How do we build resiliency and assist heritage professionals as they move forward post-conflict?

The second year focuses on the local community. When everyday survival and livelihoods may be at risk due to conflict how do we meet the needs of local communities and the preservation of cultural heritage? What impacts does conflict have on local communities
being able to access, participate, and contribute to their cultural heritage (including archaeological sites and museums)? What role do archaeologists and other related professionals have in addressing these issues and other similar concerns? How do we build
resilient communities?

The third year is dedicated to cultural heritage and peacebuilding. What does cultural heritage as a peacebuilding tool look like on the ground? What issues might there be to this? What are the benefits? What can we learn from successes and failures of efforts already taken in this area? Can cultural heritage be a proactive tool to preventing conflict? If so, what does this entail?

For any questions, please contact:
Tashia Dare at [email protected]
Jenna Morton at [email protected]