A man of the HGM talks to a group of people in one of the rooms of the museum

Photo: Coping with Culture 2018, in Vienna.
A group of armed forces personnel and heritage professionals attend the BSI CPP workshop, visiting the , Vienna © Blue Shield International, 2018

Blue Shield International will be running a Workshop at the Conference: “Coping with Culture: Culture in times of geo-political challenges”, November 11 – 14, 2019, Hamburg

Our workshop is intended to be highly practical, including site visits, developing delegates ability to plan in order to protect cultural property in the event of armed conflict. The workshop is open to heritage professionals and armed forces, and is intended to develop civil-military relations in the field of cultural property property, encouraging closer working relationships to lead to better CPP in armed conflicts.

“Coping with Culture: Culture in times of geo-political challenges”

November 11 – 14, 2019, Hamburg

Registration Open

Registration is now open for Coping with Culture 2019: Download the PDF Registration Form _CWC2019

After eight successful conferences, the Command and Staff College of the German Armed Forces (host), Engagement Global and the Centre for Leadership Development and Civic Education are pleased to announce this year`s conference “Coping with Culture”. The conference offers an international network for participants from politics, civil society, military and the scientific community. The topic of this year`s conference will be “Culture in times of geo-political challenges”.

Within politics and academia, the current crisis of the liberal order is much debated and found at two levels: Pressure is coming from inside liberal democracies, where populist politicians are pushing back against open borders and open societies. But it is also coming from the outside. Due to illiberal presidents, (re-)armament efforts and military manoeuvers, international security relationships are under pressure. As a result, in European countries, national and collective defense rhetoric are on the rise again while the era of substantial military engagement in peace operations appears to have come to an end. It seems that armed forces are no longer upheld for, but rather against something. The aim of the conference is to discuss the relevance of culture in relation to this paradigmatic change and the possible consequences when culture will no longer be seen as a ‘key competence’ for the military. Debating these questions will be the focus of this year’s conference.

Workshop 3: The proactive protection of cultural heritage – Hamburg’s World Heritage Site

Dr. Emma Cunliffe and Professor Peter Stone, Blue Shield International and Newcastle University, UK

This workshop will be facilitated by a team of cultural property protection specialists who will assist participating delegates develop their ability to plan in order to protect cultural property in the event of armed conflict. It is designed to provide an exercise environment in which both military and civilian practitioners can work collaboratively towards this aim.

It will take advantage of NATO’s evolving doctrinal thinking, exercise experience over the previous two years, as well as civilian best practice. Delegates attending this workshop will work in small syndicates, each of which will be presented with a threat scenario and the assigned task to plan to safeguard the large number of nominated cultural heritage sites in Hamburg. Rather than focussing on a specific location, the exercise will consider the World Heritage Site in central Hamburg as an example of a ‘centre containing monuments’.

 

Conference Program

Day 1, November 11 Monday
10.00 – 12.30 Arrival, check-in at hotel and conference registration
14.00 – 14.30 Welcome and Opening Remarks, Commander General Kohl
14.30 – 16.00 Plenary Key Note Speech State Secretary (requested), Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break
16.30 – 18.00 Start of Workshops, parallel sessions
18.00 – 20.00 Ice breaker / Welcome Reception

Day 2, November 12 Tuesday
09.00 – 10.30 Concurrent sessions, workshops
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Plenary Key Note Speech Major General Sollfrank, Chief of Staff, High Command of the Army
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break, cafeteria
13.30 – 14.30 The FüAk as a historical place, Colonel Dr. Schmidt
14.30 – 15.00 Coffee Break
15.00 – 17.00 Concurrent sessions, workshops

Day 3, November 13 Wednesday
09.00 – 10.30 Concurrent sessions, workshops
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Plenary Key Note Speech Prof. Holmes Eber, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break, cafeteria
13.30 – 15.00 Concurrent sessions, workshops
15.00 – 17.00 Conference tour Hamburg
18.00 – 20.30 Conference Dinner

Day 4, November 14 Thursday
09.00 – 10.00 Concurrent sessions, workshops
10.00 – 10.15 Coffee Break
10.15 – 11.00 Workshop Summaries, Closing Remarks, end of conference

 

Practical Information

Conference organizers are the German Command and Staff College (host), Engagement Global and the Centre for Leadership Development and Civic Education.

Conference language is English.

Venue: German Command and Staff College, Manteuffelstr. 20, Hamburg, Germany

Conference fee: € 90,-per person

Download the PDF Registration Form _CWC2019