Opportunities: 27 August 2015


Learning, networking, conference and employment opportunities in cultural property, art crime research, antiquities trafficking research, provenance studies, and related things. Postings are not endorsements.

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1. Zwischen Fairness und Gerechtigkeit für Nachkommen und heutige Besitzer (Between Justice and Fairness for the Descendants and the Current Owners), Conference, Wintherthur

This conference is focused on “wrestling with the issue of “flight goods” in particular. “Flight goods” refers to property that was not stolen outright, nor sold under duress, but left behind because of a flight in haste from persecution” (thanks Art Law Report!)

When: 31 August 2015
Where: Museum Oscar Reinhart; Wintherthur, Switzerland

See: http://www.lootedart.com/RDNMAQ613271

2. New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art, 15 PhD places

“The NACCA programme, coordinated by Maastricht University, is a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network project, funded by the European Union. In total, 15 PhD projects are part of the programme, each investigating different, as yet under-explored aspects of contemporary art conservation.” Of particular interest:

  • “The role of conservation sciences in the authentication of modern and contemporary art works” at Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • “Database for the Documentation of Contemporary Art” at University of Amsterdam
  • “Ownership, information, control and access: a study of practice and ethics” at the Tate
  • “Private collections as care-takers” at Maastricht University

Where: Various Locations in Europe

See: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/show/id=7657296/langid=42
List of PhD topics: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Institutes/MaastrichtCentreForArtsAndCultureConservationAndHeritageMACCH/NACCA/PhDTopics.htm

3. Islamic Manuscript Collections in Conflict Zones: Safeguarding Written Heritage, Short Course, London

The Islamic Manuscript Association has invited an impressive list of researchers and practitioners to speak at their three day short course on manuscript looting, trafficking, and protection during conflict.

When: 5–7 October
Where: London
Enrollment limit: 25
Cost: £500

See: http://www.islamicmanuscript.org/courses/islamic-manuscript-collections-in-conflict-zones.aspx

4. Art Advisory and Appraisal Internship, NYC [UNPAID]

Vara Art, a “private NY art advisory and appraisal firm specializing in 20th century and contemporary art and design” is seeking UNPAID interns. They are, however offering to work with students to develop for-credit opportunities. The internship includes provenance research, object identification, and writing provenance documents.

Application deadline: 7 September 2015.
Location: New York

See: http://jobs.artinfo.com/job/art-advisory-and-appraisal-internship-new-york-ny-vara-fine-art-49ea4128d1/?d=1&source=site_home
And: http://varaart.com

5. Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study: developing Commonwealth citizens

Perfect for citizens of developing commonwealth countries who want to do postgraduate study, say, on Antiquities Trafficking, Art Crime, or Provenance studies at Glasgow starting Sept 2016 (hint hint!)

See: http://cscuk.dfid.gov.uk/apply/scholarships-developing-cw/