Art Crime Research Opportunities: 19 May 2022


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. Nachforschungen nach Erben und Nachkommen der von den Nationalsozialisten Verfolgten, Colloquium, Online

Dr. Matthias Weniger, Head of Provenance Research at the Bavarian National Museum, and Philipp Zschommler from the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg will present on this topic.

When: 22 May 2022
Where: Online
Cost: Free

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2. Anti-Money Laundering: Compliance and Due Diligence for the Art Trade, Webinar

The Center for Art Law is hosting this event, with a UK perspective, with Susan Mumford of ArtAML.

When: 25 May 2022
Where: Online
Cost: $25 – $50

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3. ARCA Annual Art Crime Conference, Call for Papers, Amalia, Italy

ARCA’S conference will take place in person this year in early August and they are calling for abstracts

When: Abstracts by 15 June 2022
Where: Amalia, Italy
Cost: Conference costs are €80/€150 but it is unclear if presenters must pay

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4. Collecting Latin America: Actors, Networks, and Approaches in the 20th century, Call for Papers

I note that I am sending this a day late for the deadline but if this is you and you are quick, a late abstract may be accepted (I sure hope my own is today). An exciting conference about the 20th century market for Latin American cultural objects (AKA everything I love). I’ll be there!

When: Abstracts by 18 May 2022, conference 28–29 June 2022
Where: Leiden University, The Netherlands
Cost: Free

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5. Illicit Antiquities: A Global Criminal Market, Lecture, Bahrain

I’ll be speaking on this topic in an evening lecture. The focus will be on the interconnected networks of dealers in ancient material who have been recently charged with a number of crimes.

When: 30 May 2022
Where: Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture & Research, Bahrain
Cost: Free

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6. Conflict Antiquities: Prosecuting Participants in the Illegal Antiquities Trade An investigation by The Docket, Clooney Foundation for Justice, Launch Event, Washington DC

This report “The report details an investigation by The Docket into the international networks responsible for the looting and smuggling of thousands of antiquities from the MENA region, and shows how the trade in these stolen artefacts funds war crimes and terrorism.” and the launch event will include Q&As and media interviews.

When: 8 June 2022
Where: The National Press Club, Washington D.C.

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7. Art Crime: How Masterpieces are Stolen and Recovered, Online Course

Former FBI agent Robert Wittman is running this course hosted by Christie’s

When: Thursdays, September 15 – October 13 2022
Where: Online
Cost: USD $600/£490

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8. PhD in Cognitive and Cultural Systems, Museum Studies Track, PhD Studentship, Lucca, Italy

There are 14 fully funded (with housing!) PhD positions open at Lucca, including several in museums studies. They seem open to how you pitch the topic and I suspect subscribers might be interested.

When: Apply by 27 June 2022
Where: School for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy
Cost: Fully funded

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9. Social Scientists (re: wildlife trafficking), Job, USA

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to hire “a Social Scientist to help us advance approaches to change human behavior and reduce trafficking of wildlife internationally. This position will especially focus on the trafficking of North American tortoises and freshwater turtles”

When: Apply by 24 May 2022
Where: Negotiable, in the USA
Pay: $68,299 – $88,792 per year

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10. Specialist: Restitution, Job, New York

Sotheby’s is seeking a specialist to review auctions for issues related to Nazi looting, to research on that topic, and to represent Sotheby’s at related events. Excellent English and German required and they are likely looking for someone with experience. An interesting gig.

When: Apply ASAP
Where: Sotheby’s New York
Cost: Pay Unknown

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