Dissertation Title:

Tangible Heritage in the Context of Climate Change: A Case of Sukur Cultural Landscape (working title)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt

In the context of heritage sites, climate change conceptualised as a contextual threat – in the presence of exposure and vulnerability – serves one of the biggest inimical to the survival of heritage. It does not merely threaten heritage sites, but also the very canonical ethos of the world heritage convention, which is to protect, transmit and use heritage for the development of mankind. Climate change is also argued to be counteractive to conservationists’ efforts at environmental protection with the age long ontologies of the interdependency of human-environment relationship.  Making a case of human-environment relationship in the context of heritage, then one cannot help but refer to cultural landscapes, which are material manifestations of the combined work of man and nature with culture being the agent. In that vein, the discussion of a cultural landscape, in the context of climate change will be incomplete if its effects on culture are relegated to being trivial. However, owing to these multidimensional threats posed by climate change, the need for the mitigation, adaptation and monitoring of it effects is thus, existential.  Owing to these premises, this research therefore aims to provide a pragmatic nexus between climate change and culture by positioning built cultural environment as the centre for analysis. The research adopts adaptationist theory beyond the current discuss of climate change in literature, but in the context of the reaction of man to his environment using culture as the variable to be monitored.

Short Bio:

Olukoya Obafemi A.P had his Bachelors (B.Sc.) and Masters (M.Arch) degree in Architecture from Nigeria and Cyprus respectively. He practiced professional architecture for several years holding various positions in different franchise before establishing is own consulting firm in 2011. He had a short stint as a teaching assistant at Cyprus International University and a research assistant in TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) under the auspice of a restoration project of Louroujina village (Northern Cyprus) tagged TUBITAK project 112M147. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Brandenburg Technical University in Heritage Studies. He is a DAAD award recipient.


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