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Special Lecture: Cultural Heritage and International Politics

In a contemporary globalized world, cultural heritage conservation triggers various international problems, such as the construction of historical narratives, an evaluation of authenticity, an international cooperation in conservations and reconstructions. In this special lecture, Prof. Toshiyuki Kono, a former president of International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), discusses several cultural heritage issues from the perspective of international politics, particularly focusing on the resilience of cultural policy.

The lecture is introduced by Ryu Kojima and receives comments made by Benjamin Hanke.


Ryu Kojima

Ryu Kojima,
Professor, Kyushu University

Ryu Kojima has taught at Kyushu University Faculty of Law since 2005.

He specializes in Intellectual Property Law and Cultural Policy. The range of his scholarship is very broad, including Creative Industries, Artistic Patronage, Industrial Heritage, Responsible Research and Innovation, Innovation Ecosystems, etc., adopting interdisciplinary approach. He received his LL.B. from The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law in 2000, and LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2003. Between 2000 and 2005, he served as a Research Fellow at The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law.

Toshiyuki KONO

Toshiyuki KONO,
Honorary President of ICOMOS,
Distinguished professor and Executive Vice President of Kyushu University

Prof. KONO serves as the honorary president of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an advisory body of UNESCO, after he served as its president from 2017 until 2020. While he has been responsible for the World Heritage Business of ICOMOS over 6 years, he also led various projects, which includes "Global Case Study Projects on Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage in Post-Trauma Context", as well as "Urbanization and Cultural Heritage".

He has been active in UNESCO and other international organizations as an independent expert as well, for instance he was invited as the keynote speaker at the Conference to celebrate the 25th Anniversity of the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen and Illegaly Exported Cultural Objects on October 8th, 2020.

Prof. KONO holds Titular Membership of the International Academy of Comparative Law, and served as the Chairman of the Committee for Intellectual Property and Private International Law at the International Law Association as well as the President of International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law.

In 2019, he received the Reimer-Luest Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

ICOMOS was established in 1965 and has been serving as a statutorily designated Advisory Body in the World Heritage System. It has National Committees in more than 150 countries and 28 International Scientific Committees.


Benjamin Hanke

Benjamin Hanke

Hanke is a programme specialist for cultural development in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. He is doing a PhD in cultural policy at the University of Hildesheim (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider). After studying political science, media studies and modern history, he spent ten years with the German Commission for UNESCO where he was responsible for coordinating the national implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage from 2012 to 2019.