Conference speakers propose holistic approach to conserving culture, nature

Conference participants pose amid Jacaranda trees, iconic for Pretoria which is known as the Jacaranda City.

The benefits of both wildlife and heritage conservation were the focus of the 2018 “Culture in Crisis” Conference convened in October at the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa.

The event was co-hosted by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Yale’s Global Cultural Heritage Initiatives, and the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported the conference by supporting travel stipends for 25 African scholars. Additionally, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale facilitated the participation of the four Yale participants.

The conference centered on a series of satellite events all aimed at fostering greater understanding for how the confluence of conservation and preservation can serve to protect environmental and cultural heritages of the world.