Cultural heritage and postwar recovery in B-H

Monday, 06 June, 2005: Amra Hadzimuhamedovic
Amra Hadžimuhamedovic currently chairs the Commission to Preserve National Monuments set up under Annex 8 of the Dayton peace agreement, and is a leading authority on the architectural heritage of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Born in Stolac (about which she has published extensively), she has worked on urbanism projects from Brcko to Pocitelj; occupied a variety of key positions in spatial planning and urban renewal; led restoration programmes throughout the Federation of B-H; lectured at many international academic institutions (notably in the USA and Italy); and published widely on the destruction and recovery of B-H’s architectural heritage. Teaching at the University of Sarajevo, she serves as a Council of Europe expert involved in drafting the new European Convention on Cultural Heritage.
On Monday 6 June she presented an extremely informative and challenging survey of the present situation in B-H in respect to cultural heritage, its preservation and restoration, stressing also its vital importance for social, economic, political and even spiritual renewal. This was followed by a wide-ranging discussion of issues affecting many dimensions of B-H life today and tomorrow.
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