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Heritage and conflict come together before the first shots are fired, when it is used in propaganda to redraw and normalize new boundaries of belonging and identity. The relationship is drawn together even more tightly as the war begins, when the deliberate destruction of heritage is used as a way of targeting certain groups and communities. In the aftermath of this direct violence, and in the context of a transformed heritage landscape, the construction of an explicitly ‘revised’ heritage begins, in which different elements of the past are selected for reconstruction and others discarded. This research theme seeks to: i) explore the dynamics of cultural violence at the core of how heritage comes to be used during conflicts and in the aftermaths of such violence, ii) approach reconstruction processes as future-orientated actions in which decisions about the reconstruction (down to the materials and styles employed) have consequences for the values and means that the heritage comes to possess, and iii) the reparation strategies that include memorial practices and symbolic reparations to moral harm. To do this, researchers often work alongside and develop partnerships with international organisations (e.g. UN Security Council, UNESCO, the ICC) as well as NGOs working in the conflict-affected regions of the world. They seek to develop technologies and approaches to prevent destruction and respond to it. In doing so drawing on law, politics, anthropology and the digital humanities.

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Dr Paul  Anderson
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
University Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies
Assistant Director, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies
Dr Flaminia  Bartolini
Postdoctoral Researcher, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Affiliated Scholar, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Dr Gilly   Carr
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology, Institute of Continuing Education
Fellow and Director of Studies in Archaeology, St Catharine's College
Member of UK delegation, IHRA
 Margaret  Comer
Postdoctoral Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
 Tom  Crowley
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
 Elifgül  Doğan
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
Dr Paola  Filippucci
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology
Fellow and College Lecturer, Murray Edwards College
01223 762244
 Andrea  Kocsis
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
Research Centre Assistant, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Co-editor of the Heritage Research Group Bulletin
Dr Hyun Kyung  Lee
Visiting Scholar, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Postdoctoral Researcher, CRASSH
Dr  Andreas  Pantazatos
Partner, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Lecturer in Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology
 Kim Eileen Ruf
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology
PhD Title: (Re)use and valuation of historic buildings - a comparison between the AHD and private individuals
Prof Marie Louise Stig  Sorensen
Director, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Professor of European Prehistory and Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology
01223 333522
 Alicia  Stevens
Graduate Member, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
PhD Student in Archaeology, Gates Cambridge Scholar
PhD title: Political liminality and the heritage of oppression: The case of post-junta Myanmar
Dr Dacia  Viejo Rose
Deputy Director, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre
Senior Lecturer in Heritage and the Politics of the Past, Department of Archaeology
01223 333500