Professor Helaine Silverman, Director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices (CHAMP), has been invited by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights to speak on “Access to Cultural Heritage as a Human Right” in a session devoted to “Cultural Heritage as a Human Right.” The session takes places on February 8-10, 2011 in the Palais Wilson and Palais des Nations in Geneva. Her talk will survey a worldwide range of cultural heritage sites and living practices. Professor Silverman’s current research concerns the conflicts and opportunities posed by a potential World Heritage Site listing for Thailand’s greatest Khmer temple: Prasat Hin Phimai, located in the middle of a bustling town whose urban fabric and social life would be greatly altered by state-mandated evictions to gain more land around the temple in anticipation of a rise in tourism. Helaine recently published an article on the border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia over another fine Khmer temple (posted by C. Fennell).

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