Thursday, 19 May 2016, 4:45PM - 5:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Cultural Heritage and War: Panel Discussion

Professor Tim Connell, Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG, Dr Mark Altaweel, Dr Elisabeth Kendall

As part of the symposium entitled ‘Cultural Heritage and War’, Sir Derek Plumbly, Dr Elisabeth Kendall and Dr Mark Altaweel answer questions from the floor in panel discussion chaired by Professor Tim Connell.

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Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow and Vice-President).  He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group, which advises Government on matters of language policy.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.

He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he is a Court Assistant. He has been Chair of the Livery Committee and currently sits on the Strategy Oversight Committee. He is also involved in developing various charity projects.

Tim writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London and also covers themes relating to contemporary Latin America. He sits on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Sir Derek Plumbly is currently a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London.

Sir Derek has long experience as a diplomat and international official, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. From 2012 to 2015 he was the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, resident in Beirut and reporting regularly to the Security Council. From 2008 to 2011 he chaired the international commission which oversaw the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan prior to the independence of South Sudan. He had previously served as British ambassador to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and was the Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the FCO from 1997 to 2000. His earlier career in the FCO included postings to the UK mission to the UN in New York and as Deputy Head of Mission in Riyadh during the Gulf War.

He is fluent in Arabic, which he studied in Lebanon and Jordan in the 1970s after graduating in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford and teaching in Pakistan. He was appointed CMG in the Gulf War honours list in 1991 and KCMG in 2000. He has an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University.

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Dr Altaweel is a Reader in Near East Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

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Elisabeth Kendall is Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Her current work examines connections between militant jihadist/political movements and cultural production in Arabic.

She spends significant time in the field and is the author or editor of several books, including ReClaiming Islamic Tradition (with Ahmad Khan, in press 2016), Twenty-First Century Jihad (with Ewan Stein, 2015) and Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt (2006, paperback 2010). She also conceived of and edits the “Modern Middle Eastern Vocabularies” series, which includes the titles Security Arabic, Intelligence Arabic and Media Arabic. Previously, she held tenured lectureships or fellowships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Oxford and Harvard. Before returning to Oxford in 2010, she served as Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, a UK government sponsored initiative aimed at building Arabic language-based research expertise, with a research focus on jihad and martyrdom.

For the last four years, she has acted as international advisor (pro-bono) to a cross-tribal council in eastern Yemen that promotes social and political cohesion as a counterweight to AQAP and Islamic State expansion. In her spare time, Elisabeth sits on a number of national and international Advisory Boards and works on a variety of consultancy and pro bono projects in the Middle East. She is a regular contributor to the international media.

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Transcript

19 May 2016

Cultural Heritage and War: Panel Discussion
Professor Tim Connell
Sir Derek Plumbly KCMG
Dr Mark Altaweel
Dr Elisabeth Kendall

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