Protecting the Past: Towards a Better Future with Cultural Heritage

AUIS Conference Hall
Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 05:00 to Monday, October 31, 2016 - 14:00

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) will host its Second Annual Cultural Heritage Symposium, Protecting the Past: Towards a Better Future with Cultural Heritage,” on October 30-31, 2016. 




Read more about the conference here. 

The conference is jointly organized by the AUIS Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (CACHE) and the University of Oxford Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa (EAMENA) Project, in association with the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sulaimani, and in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Iraq. 

The conference will bring together Iraqi and international specialists to explore the range of threats impacting upon the cultural heritage of Iraq, the Kurdistan Region, and the wider Middle East and North Africa and will draw upon the experience of projects and approaches that have been successful throughout the region as a way to explore possible solutions for the future. By encouraging debate and discussion between different groups, we aim to enhance regional understandings and develop long-lasting partnership. 

This conference is unique in offering a two-day training workshop before the conference for interested cultural heritage professionals. These work shops will be conducted by Oxford’s EAMENA, which has designed a ready-made cultural heritage management platform that can help local professionals access records about their cultural heritage when making planning and development decisions. These type of information can help mitigate or prevent some of the damage caused by modern development projects and prepare future generations to assess and promote heritage for its economic and social benefits.

We are pleased to acknowledge the invaluable support provided to us by a number of institutions and funding bodies without whom this initiative could not have been organised. Our partners are listed below:


The Delegation represents the European Union in Iraq and, as a diplomatic mission, works closely with the 13 Member State Embassies that are represented in Baghdad as well as their Missions in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. The Delegation is the permanent and principal interlocutor of the EU vis-à-vis local authorities, the international community and all other stakeholders for all matters related to EU external action. Acting in close cooperation with all EU Member State diplomatic missions, the Delegation strives to ensure the unity, consistency and effectiveness of EU external action in Iraq. It ensures the follow-up of bilateral relations in the political, economic, trade, energy and development areas.

The Barakat Trust supports the study and preservation of Islamic heritage, architecture, archaeology, art and culture by funding students, academic research, publications, digitisation, conservation, conferences and other projects.


The Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund for Near Eastern Archaeology, we would like to extend our thanks to the Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund for Near Eastern Archaeology for a grant providing financial support for this event.

Please visit the conference website to view the program and list of speakers.