Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cultural Security News (Apr. 29 - May 05)

Three Dimensions of Cultural Security in Focus
The Fitzwilliam Museum has released these photos of some of the stolen artifacts in the hopes someone will come forward with information leading to their returnEvents of the past week offered particularly clear examples of the different aspects of "cultural security." In physical security, thieves targeted Chinese artifacts in the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University, and gunmen looted the historic Krak des Chevaliers in Syria. In economics, the sale of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" for $120 million affirmed the financial security of the art market by setting a new auction record, while a politically induced exodus of oligarchs threatened the security of the contemporary art market in Russia. In diplomacy, reportedly, artists from the Middle East express cultural identity in works they create while abroad, and Italy vigilantly pursued repatriation of the bronze statue of a "victorious athlete" from The Getty. In the meantime, "cultural security" was in the news with a Judiciary Chief in Iran urging that "cultural security is the most important kind of security" and an academic in Lithuania contending that "unease of the academicians should be called the issue of demographic and cultural security."
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