København, Denmark

Heritage Protection in Urban Conflicts

when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC

Heritage Protection in Urban Conflicts
An international summer school (BA and MA-levels, 7.5 ECTS) at the University of Copenhagen, 3rd of August to 14th of August 2020. Deadline for applications: 1st of April 2020.

During this summer school in Copenhagen, students from around the world get an opportunity to learn and discuss the practical solutions to the main risks to cultural heritage in modern urban conflict, giving them the tools to formulate their own research-project on this issue.

This course will focus on the humanitarian issue of ensuring the effective protection of our common cultural heritage during armed conflict, as well as the various actors at play in securing its enforcement. The course will first provide a historical and theoretical overview of the longstanding relationship between culture and conflict and key literature on cultural rights, after which it will delve into the practical application of international law on the protection of cultural heritage, particularly in the context of armed conflict.

Benefiting from teaching and public talks from key practitioners in the field of heritage protection, students will develop a strong understanding of the role of various parties such as the UN, UNESCO, NATO, as well as other military forces in the implementation of safeguarding measures during both peacetime and armed conflict, particularly via the harnessing of civil society.

The course will also focus on how heritage professionals and academics are attempting to instill in the military mindset, the humanitarian importance of cultural heritage protection, and ensure it becomes and remains an integral part of military operational planning. As a group, we will consider the main challenges the heritage community face in ensuring active global implementation of heritage protection during peacetime and armed conflict, and consider practical solutions for these problems.

Course leader

Joanne McCafferty

Target group

This course will be taught in English, therefore good English skills are required. Both Bachelor's and Master’s students are eligible to apply to this course. Prospective students with a background in History of Art, Archaeology, History, Criminology, Law and Policy, Sociology, Politics, and War Studies with an interest in cultural heritage are encouraged to apply.

Course aim


The module will give the student:

Knowledge and understanding of

Theoretical and historical discourses on the relationship between culture and conflict and what this relationship looks like in modern warfare;
The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its practical application;
Specific theories and discourses on the role of the military in the protection of CP;
The role of key international organisations such as UNESCO in the protection of CP;
The main challenges the heritage community face in ensuring active global implementation of CPP during peacetime and armed conflict.

Skills in

Researching and discussing the key developments and differences in how culture is utilized across historical and modern conflicts;
Strategically identify key Articles from the 1954 Hague Convention and developing arguments for and against their effectiveness when it comes to their practical application during peacetime and armed conflict;
Identifying and discussing the various roles of key parties involved in the implementation of CPP in the context of armed conflict;
Disseminating research-based knowledge about theoretical and practical discourse relating to the protection of CP in the context of armed conflict to a specialist and non-specialist audience, such as the military.

Competences in

Generating knowledge on the theoretical, legislative and practical enforcement of CPP during modern armed conflicts;
Applying document analysis to different forms of texts, such as international legislation, policy, UN Security Council Resolutions and the surrounding commentary;
Formulating a research problem, applying relevant theoretical framework and methodology and designing an independent research process;
Critical reflection on past and current challenges in the protection of CP in armed conflict and the ability to strategize practical solutions.

Credits info

7.5 EC

Fee info

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