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dhr. N.A. (Nour) Munawar MA


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Archeologie
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 1
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 3.14
  • Postadres:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
  • N.A.Munawar@uva.nl

Introduction 

Nour is a PhD researcher at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) & the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (ACASA). He is mainly interested in cultural heritage management and conflict archaeology. Prior to his admission at University of Amsterdam, Nour finished a Master in Archaeology from the University of Warsaw-Poland. Documentation and analysis of destruction have been crucial parts of his MA thesis which titled: "Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas, Aleppo city-Syria". His MA thesis was largely based on the knowledge and experience that he has gained while pursuing MA studies at the faculty of archaeology in University of Leiden before starting his master degree at the University of Warsaw.

Current Project

PhD Project: "The (Re)construction of Syrian and Iraqi Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Contexts 

The project explores the prospects of (re)constructing and rehabilitating cultural heritage sites affected by armed conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Nour's PhD project explores the cycle of heritage, by shedding light on the attitudes towards cultural heritage sites in conflict areas and how they intersect with the identity and collective memory. This research aims to provide a new approach to cultural heritage reconstruction in post-war periods to make a significant contribution to conflict archaeology studies.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of UNESCO Roster of Experts on Safeguarding Syrian Cultural Heritage, Paris, France. May 2016 - Present
  • Member of the British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA), London, UK, December 2016 - Present
  • Member of European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), Prague, Czech Republic, April 2016 – Present
  • Fellow Researcher at Scholars at Risk network (SAR), University of New York - USA, February 2016 - Present
  • Member of Scholars at Risk network (SAR) Speaker Series, University of New York - USA. February 2016 - Present
  • Member of The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS-Nederland), Feb. 2016 - Present.
  • Member of Computer Applications & Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA-International), Sienna, Italy, March 2015 - Present

Selected Activities

  • Participation in UNESCO's International Expert Meeting on Emergency Safeguarding Syria's Cultural Heritage in Berlin, Germany, June 2016.
  • Panel Speaker at Ideas are not Crimes: Scholars at Risk conference - Dublin, Ireland, November 2016
  • European Association for International Education (EAIA) – Panel Speaker at Spotlight Seminar, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2016.
  • Documentation of cultural heritage destruction in Syria and Iraq, 2012 - present
  • Researcher at Rijksdienst Voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) / Cultural Heritage Agency in the Netherlands (2012).
  • Conserving and Laminating Ancient Manuscripts training at Juma Al-Majid Center for Culture and Heritage in Aleppo - Syria (2010).
  • Preserving Ancient Manuscripts training at Juma Al-Majid Center for Culture and Heritage in Aleppo - Syria (2010).
  • Research Assistant at the National Museum of Aleppo in Syria (2006-2009).

Field Excavations

  • Człuchów archaeological project, University of Warsaw. Człuchów Castle, Poland, May 2014.
  • Szczepanski archaeological project, University of Warsaw. Mazury, Poland, July 2013.
  • Łosice archaeological project, University of Warsaw. Łosice, Poland, April 2013
  • Emar archaeological project, University of Tübingen. Tell Meskene, Aleppo, Syria, August 2008.

 

2017

  • Munawar, N. A. (2017). Should Palmyra be Reconstructed? Ex Novo - Journal of Archaeology[details]

2012

  • Munawar, N. A., & Elemans, L. (2012). The experience of the visitors of the Boshoverheide: the biggest prehistoric urnfield in the Netherlands. In J. van Donkersgoed, L. Elemans, & A. Rhebergen (Eds.), Out in the Field. (pp. 12). Sidestone Press. [details]

2017

  • Munawar, N. A. (2017). Public Archaeology in Exile: A New Approach for Post-War Reconstruction. Paper presented at ICOMOS Workshop on Authenticity and Reconstructions, Paris, France. [details]
  • Munawar, N. A. (2017). Who Should Be the Decision-Makers in Post-Conflict Times?. Paper presented at British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) 2017 Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom. [details]
  • Munawar, N. A., & Morehouse, L. R. (2017). Whose Archaeology? A New Approach to Public Engagement in Post-Conflict Syria. Paper presented at Archaeology and Theory Conference: Power and Authority – an archaeologist’s friend or foe?, Groningen, Netherlands. [details]

2016

  • Munawar, N. A. (2016). Can Local People Preserve Cultural Heritage?. Paper presented at European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 22nd Annual Meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania. [details]
  • Munawar, N. A. (2016). Destruction and Reconstruction of Heritage: Palmyra &The Way Forward. Paper presented at Symposium Iconoclasm: Beeldenstorm and Beyond, Amsterdam, Netherlands. [details]
  • Munawar, N. A., & Symonds, J. (2016). Public Archaeology in Exile: Cultural Heritage and the Conflict in Syria. Paper presented at Bridging Ages Conference - 12th international conference, Kalmar, Sweden. [details]

2015

  • Munawar, N. A. (2015). Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas: A Historical-Comparative Study “Aleppo, Syria” March 2011-March 2014. Paper presented at British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) 2015 Conference., London, United Kingdom. [details]

Media optreden

  • Munawar, Nour (05-01-2017): ‘Ik wil mijn vluchtelingenstatus zien als een motivatie in plaats van een last’ [Web]. ‘Ik wil mijn vluchtelingenstatus zien als een motivatie in plaats van een last’.
  • Munawar, Nour (14-02-2017): Gevluchte promovendus: ‘Ik wil helpen de Syrische ziel te herstellen’ [Web] Folia Magazine. Gevluchte promovendus: ‘Ik wil helpen de Syrische ziel te herstellen’.
  • Munawar, Nour (06-12-2016): Actueel: Video | Deze Syrische promovendus stemt voor het eerst in zijn [Web]. Actueel: Video | Deze Syrische promovendus stemt voor het eerst in zijn.
  • Munawar, Nour (22-12-2016): Utiekol zo sýrskeho Aleppa: Chcem sa vrátiť a mesto a pamiatky obnoviť [Web] SME svet Slovak newspaper. Utiekol zo sýrskeho Aleppa: Chcem sa vrátiť a mesto a pamiatky obnoviť.
  • Munawar, Nour (06-08-2013): "Io, siriano, studio a Varsavia come ricostruire la mia Aleppo" [Web] The Huggington Post Italy. "Io, siriano, studio a Varsavia come ricostruire la mia Aleppo".
  • Munawar, Nour (25-07-2013): Nour z Syrii [Television] Polandia TV. Nour z Syrii.

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • Munawar, Nour (member) (2016): British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA) (External organisation).
  • Munawar, Nour (member) (2016): European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) (External organisation).
  • Munawar, Nour (member) (2016): Scholar of Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) (External organisation).
  • Munawar, Nour (member) (2016): The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS-Nederland) (External organisation).
  • Munawar, Nour (member) (2016): UNESCO Roster of Experts on Syrian Heritage (External organisation).

Andere

  • Munawar, N. (organiser), Morehouse, L.R. (organiser), Saloul, I.A.M. (organiser) & Symonds, J. (chair) (3-11-2017 - 5-11-2017): CHAT 2017 (Contemporary Historical Archaeology in Theory) -Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency - Conference (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, Nour (organiser), Morehouse, L.R. (organiser), Notroff, Jens (organiser), Lostal, Marina (organiser), Acosta Weirich, Christine (organiser) & Symonds, J. (chair) (30-8-2017 - 3-9-2017): European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 23rd Annual Meeting (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, Nour (participant) (13-3-2017 - 15-3-2017): ICOMOS University Forum Workshop on Authenticity and Reconstructions (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, Nour (participant) (11-2016): AHM PhD Seminar Series "Reconstruction" (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, Nour (participant) (6-2016): UNESCO’s International Experts Conference to Safeguard Syria’s Cultural Heritage (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, Nour (participant) (9-2016): Destruction and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage Summer School (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).

Spreker

  • Munawar, Nour (keynote speaker) (1-3-2017): HERITAGE DESTRUCTION AND THE MEDIA, Framer Framed.
  • Munawar, Nour (speaker) (2-2017): Collegecafé Scholars at Risk (Bedreigde Wetenschappers), Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA).
  • Munawar, Nour (invited speaker) (11-2016): Ideas are not Crimes: Scholars at Risk conference in Ireland, Universities Ireland.
  • Munawar, Nour (speaker) (16-9-2016): Public Archaeology and Conflict: A New approach for Post-War Reconstruction, Heidelberg Centre Cultural Heritage (HCCH) – Heidelberg University.
  • Munawar, Nour (speaker) (2016): Spotlight Seminar - Panel Speaker, European Association for International Education (EAIA) .
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