Screening and Q and A | The Destruction of Memory – The War Against Culture, And The Battle to Save It | University of Melbourne

We’re pleased to extend an exclusive invitation to an upcoming documentary screening at the University of Melbourne. The Destruction of Memory explores the impact of war on cultural heritage.

The purposeful destruction of buildings, books and art as part of war has wrought catastrophic results on every continent. Leading up to the destruction of historical cities such as Aleppo and Homs in Syria, this deep investigation spans over a period of more than 100 years.

The Destruction of Memory takes a close look at the devastation of cultural, religious and historical heritage as a means to erase collective memory and identity and gain new insight into how such crimes against humanity have been combatted in international politics.

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Date and Time: Thursday, 16 March 2017, 6:30-9:00pm

Location: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville

A joint presentation of the Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), based within the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), and the Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH), University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts

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Join director Tim Slade (Vast Productions) for a free and exclusive screening of this major documentary, followed by a Q&A session featuring a panel of experts.

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over – it’s been steadily increasing.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story – looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years.

The screening will be introduced by Associate Professor Alison Inglis (Australian Institute of Art History, University of Melbourne), followed by a panel discussion featuring Tim Slade and the following experts:

Professor Kate Darian-Smith, ACAHUCH & School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne

Dr Andrew Jamieson, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne

Kristal Buckley, Deakin University and Australia ICOMOS

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