Talks and Events

UNESCO-Debate 2016: World Heritage – Target or Treasure?

"... a special occasion on the afternoon of 29 September 2016, when the philosopher Stephan Sanders and the archaeologist Sada Mire shared their vision of the painful topicality of Lucebert’s ‘everything valuable is defenceless’ with us – the deliberate...

Protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict

In 2015, the Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by IS. Unfortunately, this event does not stand on its own. Cultural heritage is facing many threats nowadays. The world has recently witnessed deplorable acts of deliberate destruction of...

Protecting cultural heritage in conflict situations

Violent conflicts all over the world pose a great threat. Not only to the region’s inhabitants, but also to the cultural heritage in the area. This is the subject of the Europe Lecture in The Hague on 13 June. It came as a shock: in May 2015 terror group...

Sada Mire gives the Leiden ASA Annual Lecture

The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of the African Past The Leiden African Studies Assembly (LeidenASA) held its second Annual Meeting on Thursday 8 December. Leiden University has some 120 scholars who work on Africa-related...

Mogadishu – Heritage and Preservation

Dr Sada Mire is currently the only active archaeologist working in Somalia today. After decades of colonialism, civil conflict and poverty, significant sites of importance in Somalia, both architectural and cultural, have been left to ruin. With her local...