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Imperial Practice Post-Colonial Mind Set: British conservation practice in Cyprus, 1880-1939, and the legacy of Empires

Start: Feb 05, 2015 05:15 PM
End: Feb 05, 2015 06:15 PM

Location: Room 612, UCL Institute of Archaeology

Imperial Practice Post-Colonial Mind Set: British conservation practice in Cyprus, 1880-1939, and the legacy of Empires

Keith Emerick (York University) will give a seminar organised by the Institute's History of Archaeology Research Network on 5 February.

Abstract

British control of Cyprus began in 1878 and ended in 1960. The conservation of the island’s heritage assets went hand in hand with political control, but was undermined by a lack of resources and use of the distinctions between the Greek Cypriot and Ottoman populations.

Examination of the development of conservation on the island reveals a story of intense competition between Imperial powers, the emergence of international approaches to conservation practice, and the recognition that each Imperial venture produced unique hybrids.

However, it has to be asked whether Imperial practice is really a thing of the past or whether post-colonial thought and control still underlies current conservation and heritage management practice, guidelines and conventions, ensuring that local and subaltern voices remain under-represented.

All welcome!

Any enquiries about the event may be directed to Amara Thornton.