A discussion around the Parthenon and its cultural significance and restitution of the Parthenon Marbles will take place at the University of Sydney between 15 and 17 November.
Entitled ‘Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship’, it will be hosted by the International Organising Committee – Australia – for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles (IOC-A-RPM) with the support of the British and American Committees.
The event will be opened by the Premier of NSW, The Hon. Barry O’Farrell MP on Friday 15 November at the Nicholson Museum (University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus).
The three-day event encourages feedback on popular social media platforms to inspire the global community to take part in the conversation, comprising a mix of lectures, visual presentations and workshops.
Workshops on the major themes of education, activism, litigation and economy will be open to the online community around the world through the use of special hashtags (#). Workshop participants will be able to follow and discuss comments by the online community in real time.
Since mid-year the campaign for restitution has increased in pace. This colloquy has been a major focus of social media activity drawing global attention from committees and interested individuals. The Greek Minister for Culture and Sports, Panos Panagiotopoulos, has suggested Greece/UK mediation through UNESCO as one possible strategy. All the latest developments will be discussed at this event, which will help to build international interest and momentum in the campaign for return of the Parthenon sculptures.
Visit the event’s website for more information www.parthenonmarblesaustralia.org.au/colloquy2013