Can the technologies of the global panopticon be used to deter states from programs of cultural genocide? Caucasus Heritage Watch, a new research program led by Lori Khatchadourian and myself (Cornell University) alongside Ian Lindsay (Purdue University), is posing this question in the aftermath of the 2020 renewal of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the South Caucasus. Here I hope to document some of the issues that arise in the course of a long term civil society based monitoring program. CHW’s website will provide regular reports as well as an up to date dashboard on heritage destruction. Moreover, The Aragats Foundation is developing a social media based effort to track examples of heritage appropriation in the region.
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