Summer School: Contested Heritage and the Role of Provenance Research

Monday 29 Aug 2022, 09:00 - Thursday 1 Sep 2022, 17:00

Hybrid format, hosted from Leiden University Campus

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This year, the summer school will focus on contested cultural objects and the role of provenance research (ownership history). What are the standards for heritage protection and ownership of cultural objects that were (or might have been) looted, recently or in the past? Moreover, what is the role of law enforcement in these matters? In an interdisciplinary setting, with scholars and professionals from the fields of law, heritage, law enforcement and the art market, we will look at the standards and mechanisms that are in place to prevent cultural objects from being acquired, and/or traded unlawfully.  The programme is curated by Dr. Evelien Campfens (Leiden University) and Dr. Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam). The summer school will take place from Monday 29 August to Thursday 1 September 2022 (week 35) at the Leiden University Campus, the Netherlands. 

Registration is still open until 15 June 2022. You can register via the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development website.

This summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading academics and professionals about current ethical and legal standards for contested cultural objects with a focus on provenance research. In an interdisciplinary setting, our experts will provide perspectives from a wide range of disciplines, offering a multi-faceted view on the topics discussed. Our summer school is dedicated to merge both academic research with the day-to-day professional practice.  

Programme with speakers

Day 1: Categories of contested cultural objects
  • Dr. Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Dr. Jos van Beurden (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Dr. Emiline Smith (Glasgow University/University of Hong Kong)|
  • Dr. Evelien Campfens (Leiden University)
Day 2: Legal Framework
  • Prof. Ana Vrdoljak (Unesco Chair, University of Technology Sydney)
  • Dr. Andrzej Jakubowski (Opole University)
  • Kristin Hausler (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)              
Day 3: Provenance Research in Practice
  • Ted Oakes (ICOM)
  • Julia Rickmeyer (Sothebys)
  • Lea Gruter (Rijksmuseum)
  • Will Korner (TEFAF & Cultural Heritage At Risk Database)
Day 4: Enforcement
  • Dr. Donna Yates (Maastricht University)
  • Marja van Heese (Dutch Heritage Inspectorate)
  • Richard Bronswijk (Head of the Art & Antiquities Crime Unit of the Dutch police)

For more information, please contact Naomi Oosterman ( or Rients de Boer (

More information

For more information, please contact Naomi Oosterman ( or Rients de Boer (

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