National Museums: Peace Brokers or Peace Breakers?: An Afghan Case Study


WHEN December 16, 2014
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

In three decades of conflict and unrest, Afghanistan has lost a great amount of its irreplaceable cultural heritage, highlighting how in fragmented and polarized societies heritage can often become a target. But it is also an agent which can help populations to forge a relationship with their precious history, and maintain peaceful co-existence alongside multiple ethnic groups. This talk shares the experience gained from the joint heritage and museum projects undertaken by the Centre for International Heritage Activities in partnership with the Afghan cultural sector, and reflects upon how that experience is relevant for peace-building processes in Afghanistan. 

Simultaneous Arabic interpretation will be provided.


Robert Parthesius Director of CIE - Centre for International Heritage Activities; Visiting Professor of Heritage and Museum StudiesNYUAD

Omara Khan Massoudi DirectorNational Museum of Afghanistan

Omar Sultan Former Deputy Minister of Information and CultureIslamic Republic of Afghanistan

Brendan Cassar Culture Program Specialist and Former Chief, Kabul Culture UnitUNESCO

Moderated by

Susanne Annen Former Senior Advisor, Ministry of Information and CultureIslamic Republic of Afghanistan


Moderated by
  • Susanne Annen, Former Senior Advisor, Ministry of Information and Culture, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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