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Akram Ijla

Uppsala University


Country: Palestine

ITP Year: 2016


Akram joined the ITP in 2012 as the Director General of the Palestinian Department of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Since then he has produced papers on Museums as a catalyst for sustainable economic development and museums as catalysts for sustainable social integration and environmental protection. Akram is now a professor and researcher at Uppsala University.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2012, Akram was based in the Middle East Department and his partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

In 2012 an element of the programme was a series of presentations, in which groups of participants presented a 10-minute illustrated talk, prompted by the task to consider a new display at the British Museum.  Akram worked with Hahleh Mohammed Abbas Albadrawi (Iraq) on their exhibition project proposal entitled Sex in the Museum.

Legacy Projects
In 2016 Akram attended the ITP fellow-led workshop Talking Heavy in Istanbul. The workshop addressed current practices on site conservation, documentation and preservation of heavy heritage in the Mediterranean basin.

In 2016 Akram invited an open call for applications for ITP fellows to speak at an international workshop on Cultural Heritage in Conflict at Uppsala University. The ITP supported the attendance of two ITP fellows from Palestine and Lebanon.