Repatriation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Objects

  • 29 Oct 2012
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL
DePaul University College of Law Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law will sponsor a symposium to address the underlying legal, ethical and moral reasons and policies behind the repatriation of archaeological and ethnographic objects.

DePaul's cultural heritage symposium will bring together lawyers, museum professionals, representatives of indigenous communities, and other scholars and experts in the field to examine the repatriation of cultural artifacts. Participants will discuss the repatriation of cultural objects appropriated in the more distant past whose restitution some view as outside the scope of existing law, but others view as a matter of restitutionary justice. They also will address the repatriation of artifacts looted in recent times whose removal is often viewed as causing contemporary damage to the cultural heritage of communities and nations and to the historical and archaeological record.

World-renowned historian Lynn Nicholas will deliver the keynote address entitled “Restitution and Repatriation: Expectations and Reality." Ms. Nicholas is the author of The Rape of Europa, a groundbreaking history of the looting of art works during World War II that has become the fundamental account of this era. Her work exemplifies the best of historical research with relevance to restitutionary justice for victims of the Holocaust.

For more information about this conference, please visit  law.depaul.edu/art_museum/conference/

Please direct any questions about the conference to Vadim Shifrin at vshifrin@depaul.edu.

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