Department of Art and Archaeology
Carolyn Guile is examining the relevance of policies such as the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflicts (1954) to U.S. cultural policy. By identifying the values implicit within the language of international cultural property protection, she in turn considers how these values are being put into practice at the national level. Currently a project for the establishment of permanent safeguards around monuments and architectural complexes in Washington, D.C. is underway, led by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). Using Pennsylvania Avenue as a case study, she studies the preventative, protective measures being developed so as to describe the specific cultural policy employed, and more broadly to initiate a re-engagement with the issue of monument and urban complex protection on both the domestic and international levels. Ultimately, she considers what the aim of re-engagement with and endorsement of the Hague convention (and similar policies) may be.