On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, UNESCO is hosting, from 16th to 18th November 2005, an international symposium on the Organization’s history, which will take place at its Headquarters in Paris. Round Table 6, “Discovering the Heritage of Humanity” will take place on 17 November from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room IV, and will be open to the public.

The programme:


  • Christina Cameron, Canada Research Chair on the Conservation of Built Heritage, University of Montreal


  • Robert S. Marsel, Professor of Law and Business, University of Redlands: “UNESCO: Preventing or Reversing the Loss of Cultural Heritage in Areas of Instability”
  • Selma Al-Radi, Archaeologist and Associate Researcher, New York University: “Museums and Heritage Preservation in Post-Conflict Countries: A Critical Reflection”
  • Valdimar Hafstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, University of Iceland: “The Making of the Intangible Cultural Heritage: Tradition and Authenticity, Community and Humanity”


  • Sudhir Chopra, Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Institute in International Law, University of Cambridge
  • Zilan Wang, Research Assistant in the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • Sarah Titchen, PhD in Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra

Summary and Conclusions