Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture

Photographer: Anneke Dekker

Mr N.A. (Nour) Munawar MA


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Archeologie
  • Visiting address
    BG 1
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  Room number: 3.14
  • Postal address:
    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.

2018

  • Munawar, N. A. (2018). Rebuilding Aleppo: Public Engagement in Post-Conflict Reconstruction. ICOMOS University Forum, 1, 1-18.

2017

  • Munawar, N. A. (2017). Reconstructing Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones: Should Palmyra be Rebuilt? Ex Novo - Journal of Archaeology, 2, 33-48. [details] 

2019

  • Munawar, N. A. (2019). Cultural Heritage and the Arab Spring: A Review of (Inter) National Efforts to Safeguard Heritage Under Fire. In C. Çakmak, & A. O. Özçelik (Eds.), The World Community and the Arab Spring (1 ed., pp. 83-115). Palgrave/MacMillan.

2017

  • Munawar, N. A. (2017). UNESCO Experts’ Meeting on the Safeguarding of Syria’s heritage: Berlin, 2-4 June 2016. Ex Novo - Journal of Archaeology, 2, 123-129. [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.

2017

  • Munawar, N. A. (2017). The Role Of Media in Postwar Heritage Reconstruction. Paper presented at Trauma Studies in the Digital Age, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2016

  • Munawar, N. A. (2016). Destruction and Reconstruction of Heritage: Palmyra &The Way Forward. Paper presented at Symposium Iconoclasm: Beeldenstorm and Beyond, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Munawar, N. A. (2016). Can Local People Preserve Cultural Heritage?. Paper presented at European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 22nd Annual Meeting, Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • 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.

Scientific position

  • Munawar, N. (2018). Member of RRR Network (Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction), RRR Network (Re-enactment, Replication, Reconstruction).
  • Munawar, N. (2016). British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology (BANEA).
  • Munawar, N. (2016). Member of UNESCO Roster of Experts on Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage Project (ESSCH), UNESCO Roster of Experts on Syrian Heritage.
  • Munawar, N. (2016). European Association of Archaeologists (EAA).
  • Munawar, N. (2016). The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS-Nederland).
  • Munawar, N. (2016). Scholar of Scholars at Risk Network (SAR).

Media appearance

  • Munawar, N. (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, N. (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, N. (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, N. (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, N. (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, N. (25-07-2013). Nour z Syrii [Television] Polandia TV. Nour z Syrii.

Talk / presentation

  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (8-2018). Zomerschool talen en cultuur, UvA University of Amsterdam.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (5-2018). Cultural Heritage, a Tool in Conflict and a Victim of War, Norwegian Institute in Rome.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (17-5-2018). Heritage, Warfare and Society: Deconstructing Contemporary Conflicts through Heritage, Nişantaşı University.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (15-5-2018). Rebuilding Identity, Memory and Material Culture in Post-War Syria, Netherlands Institute in Turkey.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (4-2018). Reconstructing Cultural Heritage in Post-Conflict Syria, University of Krakow.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (10-2017). Courage to Think: Dialogues with Scholars at Risk (Panel Talk). Academic Freedom. Does it still matter?, The Villa Decius.
  • Munawar, N. (keynote speaker) (1-3-2017). HERITAGE DESTRUCTION AND THE MEDIA, Framer Framed.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (2-2017). Collegecafé Scholars at Risk (Bedreigde Wetenschappers), Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA).
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (2016). Spotlight Seminar - Panel Speaker, European Association for International Education (EAIA) .
  • Munawar, N. (invited speaker) (11-2016). Ideas are not Crimes: Scholars at Risk conference in Ireland, Universities Ireland.
  • Munawar, N. (speaker) (16-9-2016). Public Archaeology and Conflict: A New approach for Post-War Reconstruction, Heidelberg Centre Cultural Heritage (HCCH) – Heidelberg University.

Others

  • Munawar, N. (organiser), Kairiss, A. (organiser), Borș, C. (organiser), Bernard, E. (organiser) & Musteață, S. (organiser) (9-2018). EAA 2018 - European Association of Archaeologists, Barcelona, Spain. Organising a Session: Cultural Property: from looting and illegal trade to restitution (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (3-4-2018 - 7-4-2018). International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE), Munich, Germany. Paper Presentation: Archaeologies at War: Modern Warfare and Cultural Heritage in Syria and Iraq (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (6-3-2018). Between Aleppo and Mosul, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • 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, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Symonds, J. (organiser), Saloul, I. A. M. (organiser), Morehouse, L. R. (organiser) & Munawar, N. A. (organiser) (2-11-2017 - 5-11-2017). CHAT 2017 (Contemporary Historical Archaeology in Theory) -Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency - Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands. CHAT 2017 —Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency— will explore the relationship between contemporary and historical archaeology and cultural memory (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (30-8-2017 - 3-9-2017). European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 23rd Annual Meeting, Maastricht, Netherlands. Paper Presentation: Post-Conflict Archaeologies and Community Engagement (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (30-8-2017 - 3-9-2017). European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 23rd Annual Meeting, Maastricht, Netherlands. Paper Presentation: Representations of Heritage Destruction and (Re)construction in Syria’s Conflict (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (organiser), Morehouse, L. R. (organiser), Notroff, J. (organiser), Lostal, M. (organiser), Acosta Weirich, C. (organiser) & Symonds, J. (chair) (30-8-2017 - 3-9-2017). European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 23rd Annual Meeting, Maastricht, Netherlands. Session co-organizer: Art Crime and Stolen Heritage: Towards an Archaeological Consensus (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (9-7-2017 - 14-7-2017). Doctoral Summer School: Citizen Science – Nexus Between Research And Public Engagement, Zurich, Switzerland. League of European Research Universities (LERU) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (23-6-2017). Future of Syrian Cultural Heritage, Leiden, Netherlands. Paper-Presentation: Representations of Heritage Destruction and (Re)construction (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (18-6-2017). Aleppo Weekend in Tropen Museum in Amsterdam, Amsterdam. Lecture: Rebuilding Aleppo in the Aftermath of War (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (12-6-2017 - 16-6-2017). Re-Enactment Replication Reconstruction Summer School, Leiden, Netherlands (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Dekker, A. (organiser), Munawar, N. A. (participant), Ersoy, Ö. (participant), Varvia, C. (participant) & Nankivell , S. (participant) (9-6-2017). Trafficking of cultural goods, London, United Kingdom (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (13-3-2017 - 15-3-2017). ICOMOS University Forum Workshop on Authenticity and Reconstructions, Paris, France (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Morehouse, L. (organiser), Munawar, N. A. (organiser), Symonds, J. (organiser) & Saloul, I. A. M. (organiser) (2016 - 2017). CHAT 2017 (Contemporary Historical Archaeology in Theory) -Heritage, Memory, Art, and Agency - Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (11-2016). AHM PhD Seminar Series "Reconstruction", Amsterdam, Netherlands. • Paper-Presentation: Public Archaeology in Exile: A New Approach for Post-War Reconstruction (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (9-2016). Destruction and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage Summer School, Heidelberg, Germany. Participation and Paper-Presentation: Public Archaeology and Conflict: A New approach for Post-War Reconstruction (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Munawar, N. (participant) (6-2016). UNESCO’s International Experts Conference to Safeguard Syria’s Cultural Heritage, Berlin, Germany. Follow-up to the implementation of the UNESCO Action Plan for the Emergency Safeguarding of Syria’s Cultural Heritage (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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