The Politics of Heritage and the Limitations of International Agency in Divided Cities: The role of UNESCO in Jerusalem's Old City’,
Review of International Studies
Cambridge University Press
This article problematises international heritage interventions in divided cities through exploring UNESCO’s role in Jerusalem’s Old City. It examines the tension between universal heritage values and protocols and nationalist agendas which often involve politicised archaeological responses. Drawing on comparative case studies of UNESCOaffiliated projects in Fez and Aleppo, and in the violently divided cities and regions of Mostar and Kosovo, it assesses future challenges and possibilities facing UNESCO in Jerusalem. While the article confirms an increased need for an international arbitrator and protector for the city’s sacred sites and divided cultural heritage, it also underscores the limitations of UNESCO’s legal remit and the political sensitivities which hinder its praxis.
Economic and Social and Research Council