6 September 2012: The Destruction of Heritage in Iraq

Since 2003

Dr Benjamin Isakhan

On 6 September 2012, Dr Benjamin Isakhan gave a lecture at Melbourne Museum examining the recent fate of Iraq’s Mesopotamian heritage.

Join Dr Benjamin Isakhan as he explores the fate of material in Iraq in the past nine years.

Since the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in 2003, Iraq has endured an extraordinary period of destruction of cultural heritage.

This has included the attack on the Iraq National Museum in the very earliest days of the war. Since then, Iraq’s Mesopotamian heritage has also been systematically smuggled out of the country while coalition forces have converted key sites such as the ancient city of Babylon into modern military bases.

This lecture will examine the recent fate of Iraq’s Mesopotamian heritage and discusses the urgent need for appropriate management and protection.

Speaker Biography
Dr Benjamin Isakhan is Australian Research Council Discovery (DECRA) Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University. He has published widely on the politics and history of Iraq and his current research includes the ARC-funded project ‘Measuring the Destruction of Heritage and Spikes of Violence in Iraq’.

This lecture was proudly supported by the University of Melbourne, University Partner

Listen now to a recording of this lecture (49:05 minutes):


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