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Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts: Provenance, Legality, and Responsible Stewardship -05

The programme includes the following keynote speakers: Neil Brodie (University of Oxford), Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University), Christopher Rollston (George Washington University), and Magnus Olofsson (Swedish National Heritage Board & Vasa Museum), as well as case presentations by Nordic researchers and professionals on working with cultural objects from the three perspective of museums, government agencies, and academia. The symposium will be concluded by a roundtable discussion to highlight the key issues during the symposium and to identify areas where more work within Finland is still necessary.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 05-06/06/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: National Museum (Helsinki, Finland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Visa Immonen; Suzie Thomas; Sanna Aro-Valjus; Ulla Tervahauta; Rick Bonnie; Helen Dixon (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts & Faculty of Theology)

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gratis / free / gratuito [deadline: 28/05/2017]


Monday, June 5

9:30-10:00 Registration & Coffee

10:00-11:00 SESSION 1: Welcome & Introduction to the Issues

10:00-10:10 Elina Anttila (National Museum of Finland): Opening words

10:10-10:30 Suzie Thomas & Visa Immonen (University of Helsinki): “Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts in a Finnish Context: Reflections on Issues and Possibilities”

10:30-11:00 Jussi Nuorteva (National Archives of Finland; Finnish National Commission for UNESCO; UNESCO International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Programme): “UNESCO Memory of the World Programme and Measures to Safeguard Documentary Heritage”

11:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:30 SESSION 2: Museums

13:00-14:00 Keynote Speaker: Magnus Olofsson (Swedish National Heritage Board; Vasa Museum; ICOM Nord): “Cooperation, ethics and the need for new legislation – Some examples of how Sweden works to prevent cultural heritage crime”

14:00-14:30 Anni Guttorm (Siida Museum, Inari): “Homecoming: Experiences of Sámi Object Repatriations at the Sámi Museum Siida”

14:30-15:00 Susanna Pettersson (Ateneum National Gallery): “Acquiring Fine Arts: Trade, Ownership and Provenance”

15:00-15:30 Nida Dandashi (University of Helsinki): “The Archaeological Museum of Homs and its Collection: Past and Present”

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-18:30 SESSION 3: Academia

16:00-17:00 Keynote Speaker: Christopher Rollston (George Washington University): “Flotsam and Jetsam: Salvage Work in a Sea of Forged and Pillaged Inscriptions“

17:00-17:30 Damien Huffer (Stockholm University): “Bodies in the Lab, Skulls on the Mantlepiece: Studying Human Remains in Academia, from Online Markets to Teaching Collections”

17:30-18:00 Åke Engsheden (Stockholm University): “Bits and Pieces from Monastic Life in Late Antique Egypt: Coptic Ostraca in Museum Gustavianum, Uppsala”

18:00-18:30 Sanna Aro-Valjus (University of Helsinki): “The Allure of Touch, the Desire to Possess: Finnish Assyriologists and Cuneiform Tablets“

19:30-21:30 Speakers’ dinner

Tuesday, June 6

9:00-9:30 Coffee

9:30-11:30 SESSION 4: Government

9:30-10:30 Keynote Speaker: Patty Gerstenblith (DePaul University): “Looting of Archaeological Sites amid Armed Conflict: Government and Legal Responses”

10:30-11:00 Raila Kataja (National Board of Antiquities; National Museum of Finland): “The Reality of Exporting Cultural Goods: The Point of Views of the Licensing Authority”

11:00-11:30 Josephine Munch Rasmussen (Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage Research): “Illicit Trade in Cultural Objects and Manuscripts: Stakeholder Responses”

11:30-12:00 Eero Ehanti (National Museum of Finland; ICOM Finland): “Privileges and Responsibilities: Views on Museum Ethics”

12:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-17: SESSION 5: A Way Forward for Finland and the World (roundtable discussion)

14:00-15:00 Keynote Speaker: Neil Brodie (University of Oxford): “Unprovenanced Objects in the Twenty-First Century: Policies and Problems”

15:00-15:45 Open discussion

15:45-16:15 Coffee break

16:15-17:00 Open discussion

17:00-18:00 Reception at National Museum of Finland (hosted by the City of Helsinki)

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