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Syria and Iraq: Culture at Risk. Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Goods - 31/03/2017, Stockholm (Swed




In the footsteps of war and unrest, antiquities are being looted from ancient sites and museums. These objects are sold illegally on a growing international market. This trade is a strong threat to proper documentation of our cultural heritage and helps finance terrorist groups. The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO—together with The Swedish National Heritage Board and ICOM Sweden—have now launched an awareness campaign to shed light on illegal trade, and to prevent it from gaining a foothold in Sweden. The campaign is connected to UNESCO's global campaign #Unite4Heritage.


Within the framework of the campaign, UNESCO and The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden have organized a symposium on March 31, 2017 including lectures and panel discussions with leading international experts in cultural heritage research. You will hear about global initiatives and networks against illegal trade, as well as challenges and ethical dilemmas in research on cultural objects. You will also hear how Swedish legislation and antiques market relate to the problem.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 31/03/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Medelhavsmuseet (Stockholm, Sweeden)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden ; the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO

INFO: web - konferens@medelhavsmuseet.se

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: Gratis /free /gratuito


Se ruega enviar un email a /please send an email to/ sono pregati di inviare una mail a konferens@medelhavsmuseet.se Deadline: 23/03/2017

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10.00-10.45 Coffee, Tea, registration


10.45-11.10 Welcome and practicalities

Moderator Emma Jansson, Swedish National Commission for UNESCO

Welcome address

Ann Follin, Director General, National Museums of World Culture


11.10-11.30 International Conventions and UNESCO Initiatives

Maria Miñana, UNESCO, Paris


11.40-12.00 Countering Illicit Trafficking in Cultural Objects in Germany: A New Legal Framework and Transdisciplinary Research

Markus Hilgert, Vorderasiatisches Museum im Pergamonmuseum, Berlin


12.10-12.30 The Cultural Heritage of Syria and Iraq and the Impact of Looting

Anas Al-Khabour, Gothenburg University


12.40-13.00 Global Trafficking in Looted Antiquities

Christos Tsirogiannis, Affiliate Researcher, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow


13.10-13.30 ’Every battalion’ and everybody else: looting and trafficking of antiquities from Syria and Iraq

Samuel Hardy, American University of Rome & the UCL Institute of Archaeology, UK


13.30-14.30 Lunch break


14.30- 14.50 Market Research: Introducing the Quantitative Non-Provenance Method

Frida Larsdotter Lundgren, the Swedish Police, Department of National Operations, Art Crime


15.00- 15.20 Stakeholders in the Illicit Antiquities Trade: examples from studies on collectors, dealers and academics in Norway

Josephine Munch Rasmussen, Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)


15.30-16.15 Panel discussions

Moderator Eva Myrdal, National Museums of World Culture

16.15-16.30 Concluding remarks (TBC)


16.30-18.00 Reception

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