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Cultural property conference

22 July 2009

UCL will hold a half-day conference on 18 September 2009 to explore the legal implications and ethical standards involved in the use of cultural property in higher education teaching and research.

UCL's new Cultural Property Policy and Guidelines will be introduced at the conference.

The conference is relevant to any member of the academic and administrative community of UCL whose work involves or impinges on the use of cultural property.

It will also be of value to anyone outside UCL who is involved in research and teaching or is a student in the natural sciences, art history, history, archaeology, social and biological anthropology, comparative religion or any other subject in which objects from Britain and abroad form an evidential basis of study in museums and higher education.

Speakers of international standing will address a range of legal and ethical issues involved in the use of cultural property as a resource for research, teaching and public engagement. They include:

  • Associate Professor Lawrence Rothfield, University of Chicago. Keynote address: 'Looting of antiquities and the international market: academic rights, responsibilities and obligations'
  • Professor Norman Palmer, Kings College London: 'Cultural property: obligations and rights under English and international law'
  • Dr Adriano Aymonino, Commission for Looted Art in Europe: 'Art acquisition and publication: due diligence, ethics and academic responsibility'
  • Dr Phil Manning, University of Manchester: 'Ethics and the practice of verifiable science'
  • Dr Bernadette Lynch, freelance analyst, lecturer and writer on museology: 'Beyond the object: ethics of engagement'

The conference will take place in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre 1:30-6pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Admission is free, but numbers are limited and places must be booked. To register please contact Lauren Sadler.