Culture in Peril was recently listed by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) of Amsterdam, Netherlands, as a recommended resource for its Heritage and Illicit Trade dossier. Daan van Dartel describes the Dutch organization’s research initiative as “a broader look at one of the largest international crime-areas.” It is truly an honor have my blog linked alongside websites for the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA), the Museum Security Network, UNESCO publications, and Interpol, to name a few.
After looking back on my first blog post, where I wrote, “It is an underlying premise of Culture in Peril that the loss of this shared heritage is, ultimately, a serious hindrance to the mutual understanding and acceptance of world cultures,” I am (pleasantly) surprised that Culture in Peril has been placed in this group. Retrospectively I think I was making a weak attempt there to defend, or at least state the nature of, our basic universal human right to cultural heritage. I realize I have been reporting on heritage issues on a somewhat more local level (e.g. Coney Island, the Imperial War Museum, Santa Fe) in hopes that this perspective can illuminate aspects of cultural heritage issues on a global level. I am proud that such recognition from KIT points to Culture in Peril’s success at relating localized stories like these to an international audience.
Hopefully it is not just the members of the Royal Tropical Institute who are finding my blog an accessible, coherent, and valuable resource. My goal for everybody, all readers, and yes myself, will be to make it onto KIT’s list of websites in the Cultural Heritage International dossier. I think this is ultimately where my discussion will have the most value.