The Weaponization of Dubrovnik’s Old Town

The weaponization of cultural heritage is the politicized destruction of material culture as an ideologically motivated performance in conflicts. During my Masters dissertation, I focused on the connective themes between the siege of Dubrovnik and the ISIS occupation of Palmyra. The 20 year difference between Dubrovnik and Palmyra expresses development in the recurrent phenomenon and […]

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Vandalized in Pompeii

When I first visited the ancient remnants of Pompeii in 2013, I was astonished by the lack of security and sources of conservation. Unfortunately, as I admired the frescoes, cobbled streets, columns, I recognized evident signs of rampant vandalism and destruction blatantly created by the tourists. I worried I wasn’t allowed to explore certain areas I […]

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