Art Crime Research Opportunities 24 November 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.

This list is compiled by Meadhbh Ginnane and Donna Yates. Please let us know of any opportunities to announce.

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1. Art and Ukraine, Lecture, London

The AICA-UK Annual Lecture will be delivered by Konstantin Akinsha, who will discuss “the destruction of cultural property as well as the impossible situation for contemporary artists” in Ukraine.

When: 6 December 2022
Where: London
Cost: £5.98 (members), £9.21 (nonmembers). MUST register in order to attend.

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2. Tracing Boxer Loot Workshop, Call for Papers, Berlin

The joint project “Tracing Boxer Loot”, funded by the German Lost Art Foundation, is hosting a public workshop intending to give an overview of looted property from the ‘Boxer War’ utilizing a number of case studies. The workshop will be held on March 2nd and 3rd 2023, with contributions on provenance research, involved parties, sources, and other themes welcomed.

When: Submit abstracts and a CV by 5 December 2022 to Workshop to be held 2-3 March 2023.
Where: Berlin (workshop held in German)

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3. Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures. Collaboratively Researching and Returning Objects from Berlin to Namibia, Seminar, Berlin/Online

Seminar series hosted by the Free University of Berlin, the ZMO, and the Ethnological Museum. This seminar will discuss the Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures project, launched by the Ethnological Museum in 2019 to examine 1,400 objects originating from Namibia currently held in the museum’s collection.

When: 11 January 2023
Where: Berlin/Online

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4. Provenance Research on Human Remains, Workshop, Online

The Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Young Scientists, and the Paleoanthropology and Prehistoric Anthropology working group are holding an online workshop dealing with provenance research on human remains. Abstracts for 15-minute presentations are being accepted until 15 October 2022.

When: Workshop held on 25 and 26 November 2022. Submit abstract by 15 October 2022.
Where: Online

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5. Colonial Dimensions of the Global Wildlife Trade, Conference, Göttingen, Germany/Virtual

Although focusing primarily on the trade in ‘wild’ animals and colonial structures in the first half of the 20th century, the conference is funded by the German Lost Art Foundation.

When: 28 November 2022
Where: Göttingen/Virtual

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6. Museums and Collections in Australasia Panel (Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community Meeting), Call for Papers, Sydney, Australia/Online

As part of the third annual meeting of MAARC, the Museums and Collections in Australasia panel is seeking “6-10 x 5 minute presentations on a ‘problem object’ that relates to the theme: Fakes, copies, restoration, and authenticity”. Up to 9 panel papers responding to specific questions on provenance, community, definitions, and covid-related interpretation problems (see website for specific questions) are also being sought.

When: Panel held 13-15 February 2023, submit papers and proposals ASAP.
Where: Sydney/online

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7. ICOM UK – Heritage in Crisis 2: Decolonising Ukrainian Cultural Heritage, Lecture, Online (GMT)

This ICOM UK talk will “consider why Russian colonial narratives persist in the west and how heritage and cultural professionals can contribute towards developing a non-prejudiced narrative about Ukraine”.

When: 30 November 2022
Where: Online (GMT)
Cost: Free for ICOM UK/ICOM members, ‘pay what you can’ donation for non-members.

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8. Guided Tour: Provenance Research, Museum Tour, Berlin

This guided tour at the Humboldt Forum will examine the provenance, collecting histories, and ethics of the exhibition of objects in the new permanent curation of the Ethnological and Asian Art collections of the museum, featuring objects from Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas.

When: 21 November 2022, 19 December 2022. Occurs on the third Monday of each month.
Where: Humboldt Forum, Berlin
Cost: 8 EUR, please book in advance or at the box office. Dates for the coming month will be activated at the end of the previous month.

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