Upcoming World Heritage Webinar

Through the Lens of the Venice Charter: Ukraine and Cambodia

World Heritage Webinar / International Day for Monuments and Sites 2024

April 18, 2024, 12 – 1 pm ET


April 18th is the International Day for Monuments and Sites (IDMS)! This annual event, established by ICOMOS in 1982, provides an opportunity for enthusiasts and organizations around the world to come together and celebrate the importance of cultural heritage.

The theme of this year’s IDMS, “Disasters & Conflicts Through the Lens of the Venice Charter,” celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Venice Charter. However, it also challenges us to think critically about the document’s main ideas given the context in which it was written, and the context in which we find ourselves today: sixty years after its adoption, the world faces a climate emergency, a growing number of natural disasters, and armed conflicts destroying cultural sites and displacing communities on a massive scale.

In keeping with this theme, our April World Heritage Webinar will delve into the history of the Venice Charter and its influence on heritage conservation practice. We will then hear from experts from the World Monuments Fund involved in heritage safeguarding in Ukraine and post-conflict recovery in Cambodia. We will discuss how conflict threatens cultural heritage beyond physical destruction and how this creates challenges for conservation. Join us on April 18th at 12:00pm ET as we answer questions such as, “What is the Venice Charter’s role in guiding conservation, both during and after conflict?” and “Is the Venice Charter still fit for its purpose?”

This webinar is free/contribution optional. Register to attend.

Our Speakers

Jonathan S. Bell, PhD., Vice President of Programs, World Monuments Fund

Dr. Jonathan S. Bell is Vice President of Programs at World Monuments Fund, where he oversees the organization’s entire portfolio of cultural heritage projects around the globe and contributes broadly to the field of preservation through professional engagement. Over the course of his career, Dr. Bell has worked with the Getty Conservation Institute on World Heritage Sites in China and Egypt, evaluated cultural site management from Kazakhstan to Colombia, and overseen strategic planning for largescale flood infrastructure with the County of Los Angeles. He serves on multiple international professional scientific committees and sits on editorial boards for two academic journals. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a D.E.A from the Sorbonne in France, an M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Kateryna Goncharova, PhD., Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist, World Monuments Fund

Kateryna Goncharova, PhD., previously served as a Head of the Research Department at the Ukrainian State Research and Project Institute for Historic Preservation; she has been involved with the preservation of architectural heritage and historical sites of Ukraine, including research, management, and scientific support of projects. As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Maryland, Dr. Goncharova also conducted research concerning the U.S. experience in historic preservation based on public-private partnership, community engagement, and neighborhood revitalization. Since April 2022 Dr. Goncharova has worked as Ukraine Heritage Crisis Specialist at World Monuments Fund.

Roger Negredo Fernández, MA

Roger Negredo Fernández

Roger Negredo Fernández has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (Universitat Ramon Llull) and and a Master’s degree in World Heritage Studies (BTU-Cottbus). He has worked for UNESCO, including on the “Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage Project”; and for its advisory bodies, ICOMOS and ICCROM, improving the management tools for both cultural and natural heritage properties. Roger has also evaluated and participated in the inscription process of several (tentative) World Heritage properties worldwide while living in Rome, Beirut, Berlin and Barcelona. His professional interests include the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts; capacity-building programs for community-based heritage management; and Heritage Impact Assessment reports.

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