Ancient Near East Archaeology Day

Among the major losses suffered by Iraqis and Syrians in exile is the loss of their archaeological heritage. Caisa, in collaboration with Iclea, is inviting Iraqi and Syrian refugees to share their memories and stories related to their ancient history, together with Finnish heritage professionals.

Caisa, International Cultural Centre, Helsinki

8.2.2017, 13.00-17.30


13.00: Welcoming address, Cátia Suomalainen Pedrosa, director of Caisa, and Laura Gutman, Iclea

13.30: Nidaa Dandachi, Former curator, Homs Museum: Introduction (in Arabic)

14.00: Dr Sanna Aro-Valjus, Adjunct Professor in Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Helsinki: Past and People of Syria and Iraq for a Finnish Assyriologist: an impassioned account

14.45: Coffee break

15.30: Eero Ehanti, Keeper, The National Museum of Finland, and Chairman, ICOM-Finland: Cultural heritage: what, how and why?

16.15: Open discussion (in Arabic and English)

Moderator: Burhan Hamdon, Executive Manager, Hakunila International organization

17.30: Closing words, Hamza Amarouche, Caisa