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Conference

Imperial Artefacts: History, Law and the Looting of Cultural Property

Date
Thursday 28 January 2021 - Friday 29 January 2021
Location
Online

Programme


All keynotes and panels are held via MS Teams and it is generally recommended to use either Google Chrome or Chromium Edge as browsers.

DAY 1

09:15 – 09:30 Welcome words: Inge Van Hulle & Diana M. Natermann
09:30 – 10:30 Keynote: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer – Looting, restitution, reconciliation (09:30 Germany)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

 

1. Diplomacy, Identity and RestitutionPanel Chair: Diana Natermann

10:45 – 11:15 Lucas Lixinski (20.45 Sydney, Australia), ‘Beyond UNESCO: Regional International Legal Approaches to Post-Colonial Restitution’
11:15 – 11:45 Sahra Rausch (11:15 Germany), ‘An Affective De-Memorization? Debates over Colonial Amnesia regarding the Repatriation of Human Remains from Colonial Contexts in France and Germany’
11:45 – 12:15 Lars Müller (11:45 Germany), ‘Delaying, Evading, Rejecting. Western Reactions to Sri Lankan Demands for Restitution around 1980’

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch Break

 

2. Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Colonial Violence and Restitution – Panel Chair: Raphael Shafer

13:00 – 13:30 Rotem Giladi (13:15 Israel), ‘Reading Between Categories: Corpora, Culture, Property and the Laws of War’
13:30 – 14:00 Jan Huesgen (13:45 Germany), ‘The Enemy on Display – Suits of Armour in Military Museums’
14:00 – 14:30 Ivan Obadić, Robert Mrljic & Miran Marelja (14:15 Croatia, Belgium), ‘War, spoils and return of cultural property: framing of restitution law at the Congress of Vienna in 1815’

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break

 

3. Law and Restitution: Past & Present – Panel Chair: Ana Delic

14:45 – 15:15 Afolasade A. Adewumi (15:15 Nigeria), ‘Does Utilitarianism Merge the Dichotomy Between the Nationalist and Internationalist Conception of Cultural Property in the Quest for Restitution?
15:15 – 15:45 Arianna Visconti (15:45 Italy), ‘A Paradox in Law: Italy’s Ambivalent Approach to Restitution Claims’
16:45 – 16:15 Marie-Sophie de Clippele & Bert Demarsin (16:15 Belgium), ‘Rights, wrongs and remedies - Working towards colonial heritage repatriation legislation for Belgium’

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break

 

4. Heritage, Discourse and the Representation of Cultural Artefacts – Panel Chair: Walter Nkwi Gam

16:30 – 17:00 Annalisa Bolin (16:30 Sweden), ‘Power and Possibility: The Return of Rwanda’s Stolen Bones’
17:00 – 17:30 Kokou Amazede (16:00 Togo), Acquisition methods of colonial objects and the traditional perception of the museum in German Togo
17:30 – 18:00 Janne Lahti (18:30 Finland), ‘Mesa Verde and Finland: Stolen Artefacts, Contested Discourses, and Nordic Colonial Legacies’
18:00 – 18:30 Donna Yates (18:00 The Netherlands) and Brieanah Gouveia (07:00 Hawaii), ‘Provenance narratives of colonial exploitation as value enhancers on the Oceanic art market’
18:
30 – 19:00 Kaitlyn DeLong (12:30 Washington DC), ‘Confronting the Past: The Provenance of Indigenous Objects on Display’


DAY 2

09:15 – 10:15 Keynote: Junior Prof. Dr. Matthias Goldmann, (09:15 Germany) ‘The Role of Law in the Restitution Debate’

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break

 

1. Enduring Coloniality and Cultural Heritage – Panel Chair: Alexandra Ortolja-Baird

10:30 – 11:00 Iain Sandford and Ada Siqueira (20:30 Sydney, Australia), ‘The Destruction of the Juukan Gorge Caves: A Study on the Role of International Law in Protecting Cultural Heritage in Times of Peace’
11:00 – 11:30 Norman Aselmeyer (11:00 Germany), Intangible Heritage: The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and their Global (After)Lives
11:30 – 12:00 Marcelo Marques Miranda & Jully Acuña Suárez (11:30 The Netherlands), ‘Repatriation as a means, not as an end’

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

 

2. International Legal History and Restitution Debates – Panel Chair: Inge Van Hulle

13:00 – 13:30 Tomás Irish (12:00 UK), ‘“The Danger of Arbitrary Decisions”: The Paris Peace Conference and Cultural Reparations after the First World War’
13:30 – 14:00 Sebastian Willert (13:30 Germany), ‘A German Excavation for the Ottoman Imperial Museum? The Scramble for Objects between Berlin and Istanbul at Tell Halaf, 1911–1914’
14:00 – 14:30 Florian Wagner (14:00 Germany): ‘Colonialist Notions of Property: How European Lawyers Legitimized Dispossession (1880s-1950s)’

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break

 

3. Restitution, Heritage, and Human Rights – Panel Chair: Anne-Isabelle Richards

15:00 – 15:30 Evelien Campfens (15:00 The Netherlands), ‘Whose cultural objects? Introducing ‘heritage title’ in a human rights law approach’
15:30 – 16:00 Jihane Chedouki (15:30 Morocco): ‘From a moral function to a utilitarian function: the transformation of ancient objects and monuments in the Arab world in the 19-20th centuries’
16:00 – 16:30 Gretchen Allen (15:00 Ireland), ‘A Way for the Giant’s Cause: an examination of Irish indigenous rights in the case of Charles Byrne’
16:30 – 17:00 Caroline Drieënhuizen & Fenneke Sysling (16:30 The Netherlands), ‘Java Man: restitution claims at the natural history museum’

17:00 Closing remarks: Inge Van Hulle & Diana M. Natermann

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