The Century of Restitution?! – Global Aspects of Restitution and Repatriation, Conference, Institute for Art and Law IFKUR e.V., Heidelberg, 20-21 October 2023

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Since its founding in 2006, the Institute for Art and Law IFKUR e.V. has dedicated itself to the crossroads of art and law, has acted as a pioneer in this field throughout Germany, and will once again provide a platform on October 20 and 21 to discuss exciting issues in the art world and to promote exchange between academia and practice.

The art world is in a constant state of transformation, and the issues of restitution and repatriation are more relevant today than ever before. We are on the doorstep of a new chapter in which the return of cultural objects to their original owners and countries of origin plays a central role. 

But what does this change mean for the art world and its stakeholders? 

This event will allow experts and interested parties from around the world to exchange views on the latest developments and debates in art law. Our aim is to highlight the restitution debate as a global phenomenon and to allow experts from different parts of the world to have their say. Therefore, we are proud to have attracted outstanding experts in the field of art law for our event. 

We look forward to your participation and exciting discussions!

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Freitag / Friday (20.10.2023)

12.00  Einlass / reception 12.30 Begrüßung / welcome

12.45  Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Erik Jayme, LL.M., Universität Heidelberg

          „Völkerversöhnung durch Kunst: Betrachtungen zu den Glasbildern von Imi Knoebel für die
          Restaurierung der Kathedrale von Reims“

         „Reconciliation between peoples through art: Reflections on the glass pictures by Imi Knoebel for the
          restoration of Reims Cathedral“

13.30 Prof. Dr. Benjamin Lahusen, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt Oder

          „Der Wandel des Begriffs ‚Kulturgut‘ im Recht“

          “The change of ‘cultural property’ as a term of law” (wt)

14.15  Prof. Sudarshan Ramaswamy, Dean Jindal School of Government and Public Policy


15.00  Pause / break

15.30  Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, J.D., M.A., The Restitution Study Group (Online)

          „Restitution von Kulturgut – Wer entscheidet?“

          “Cultural restitution – who decides?” (wt)

16.15  Sarah Imani, LL.M., European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights ECCHR

          „Die Mittel des Rechts im Kampf um Restitutionen und Provenienzforschung“

          “The instruments of law in the fight for restitution and provenance research” (wt)

17.00  Ende Tag 1 / end of day one

19.30  Gemeinsamer Empfang & Abendessen / joint reception & dinner

Samstag / Saturday (21.10.2023)

09.00  Einlass / reception

09.30 Pia Schölnberger, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur öffentlichen Dienst und Sport,
           Österreich, Österreich

          „Koloniale Museumsobjekte: Legitim erworben oder doch geraubt?“

          „Colonial Objects in Museums: Legitimately acquired or stolen?” (wt)

10.15  Dr. Ohiniko M. Toffa, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

          „Provenienzforschung als Triebfeder für Restitution“ “Provenance research as a driving force for
           restitution” (wt)

11.00  Pause / break

11.30  Gwinyai Machona, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

          "Wi(e)der die Legalitätsprämisse: Zur Unrechtmäßigkeit von 'Kulturgütetraub' in deutschen Kolonien"

          "Again(st) the legality premise: On the illegality of 'theft of cultural goods' in German colonies"

12.15  Anna Valeska Strugalla, M.A., Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Online)

          „Der Umgang mit postkolonialen Rückgabeforderungen in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren als Spiegel
          der heutigen Restitutionsdebatten“

         „The recent restitution debate as a result of the dealing with postcolonial restitution claims in the 1970s
          and 1980s”

13.00  Ende Tag 2 / end of day two



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