5 March 2018

Exhibition in NIOD, Amsterdam

Ugur Üngör co-organises photo exhibition on the Cultural Destruction in Syria and Iraq

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Citadel in Aleppo. © iStockphoto.com/jcarillet

From March to September 2018, the exhibition ‘Between Aleppo and Mosul’ will highlight the cultural destruction in Syria and Iraq and present this destruction with photo material from both countries at NIOD Institute in Amsterdam. The exhibition is organised by Dr Uğur Ümit Üngör (Department of History, Utrecht University and NIOD) and Nour A. Munawar (Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam).

Iraq and Syria are two closely related societies that have been sunk since 2003 and 2011 in highly destructive civil wars. Although the human toll has rightly received a lot of attention, both conflicts have also caused enormous damage to the invaluable heritage of both countries, from both the ancient period and Christian and Islamic traditions.

Aleppo and Mosul offer two examples of the broad cultural destruction in Syria and Iraq. All that remains of Aleppo’s old city are piles of rubble, a shadow of the rich heritage the ancient city used to offer, and a similar picture can be painted for Mosul. But beyond the two cities, both Syria and Iraq have many other sites that were damaged or destroyed in the past years. This exhibition highlights that destruction.

Dr. Ugur Ümit Üngör. Foto Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW

Uğur Ümit Üngör

Uğur Ümit Üngör (1980) gained his Ph.D. in 2009 (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2008-09, he was Lecturer in International History at the Department of History of the University of Sheffield, and in 2009-10, he was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for War Studies of University College Dublin. Currently he is Assistant Professor at the Department of History at Utrecht University and at the NIOD: Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.

His main area of interest is the historical sociology of mass violence and nationalism. His most recent publications include Confiscation and Destruction: The Young Turk Seizure of Armenian Property (New York/London; Continuum 2011) and the award-winning The Making of Modern Turkey: Nation and State in Eastern Anatolia, 1913-1950 (Oxford; Oxford University Press 2011).