Harvard Forum on Cultural Heritage
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 10:00 am
"The National Museum of Afghanistan: Retrieving the Past, Securing the Future"
Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Professor of Art History, University of Vienna & Associate, Dept. of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul
Philippe Delanghe, Head of Cultural Unit, UNESCO, Kabul
Until its destruction during the decades-long war, the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul was considered one of the most important museums in Asia. Tens of thousands of unique excavated objects illuminated more than 5,000 years of Afghan history and art. The progress of the restoration of the museum in all its areas has been remarkable. But continuing violence and severe deficits in financial and human resources represent serious obstacles. This roundtable conversation will address the present situation of the museum, the priorities of its director and staff, and visions for its future. The speakers will discuss the museum's immediate and longer-term goals in capacity building and the preservation of the country’s archaeological and artistic heritage, and they will address ways in which international specialists can assist with these efforts.
This is the first in a series of events organized by the Forum on Cultural Heritage at Harvard, which aims to create a (for now virtual) meeting place for members of the university community and others who share a concern for the preservation of cultural, especially archaeological, heritage around the world.
This event will take place online via Zoom. Register here.