Conference on the Ethics of Acquiring Cultural Heritage Objects
The Mudd Center for Ethics at Washington and Lee University will host an interdisciplinary conference on "The Ethics of Acquiring Cultural Heritage Objects" on Friday, March 3, 2017. The conference will look specifically at the ethical and cultural heritage concerns surrounding the looting and trafficking of art objects in the Middle East, South Asia, and the West. Along with the Thursday night keynote speaker, Neil Brodie, we will bring in eight speakers for a day-long conference on this topic.
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Hillel Multipurpose Room
|8:30-8:45||Opening Remarks: Angela Smith and Melissa Kerin|
|Marketing Cultural Heritage|
|8:45-9:30||Salam al Kuntar: Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
"The looting of archaeological sites and museums in Syria and Iraq and the effectiveness of current documentation efforts"
Moderator: Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee School of Law
|9:30-10:15||Morag Kersel, Department of Anthropology, DePaul University
"Legal or Right? The Ethics of Buying Antiquities in the Licensed Market in Israel"
Moderator: Michael Laughy, Classics Department, Washington and Lee University
|10:30-11:15||Shikha Silwal, Department of Economics, Washington and Lee University
Talk Title: "Looting and Destruction of Cultural Heritage Objects Through an Economic Lens"
Moderator: Sandy Reiter, Department of Business Administration, Washington and Lee University
|Owning and Protecting Cultural Heritage|
|11:15-12:00||Chip Colwell, Senior Curator of Anthropology, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
"The Culture in Property: The Case for Repatriating Museum Artifacts"
Moderator: Deborah Miranda, English Department, Washington and Lee University
|12:15-1:00||James Cuno, President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust
"The Responsibility to Protect Cultural Heritage and the Role and Limits of National Sovereignty"
Moderator: Clover Archer, Staniar Gallery Director, Washington and Lee University
|Restoring Cultural Heritage|
|2:00-2:45||Domenic DiGiovanni, Port of Newark Customs and Border Protection Officer (ret.)
"Reflections on The Kapoor Case"
Moderator: Tim Lubin, Religion Department and School of Law, Washington and Lee University
|2:45-3:30||Erin Thompson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
"The Future of the Past: Ethical Dilemmas in Digitizing Cultural Heritage"
Moderator: Patricia Hobbs, Associate Director/Curator of Art and Art History, Washington and Lee University
|Discussion and Final Remarks|
Moderators: Melissa Kerin and Angie Smith
|4:15-4:30||Concluding Remarks: Neil Brodie, Research Fellow on the Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa Project, University of Oxford|
|4:30-5:30||Refreshments at Wilson Hall atrium|
|5:30-6:30||Joy Lynn Davis, "Remembering the Lost: Community Response to the Theft of Nepal's Sacred Sculptures"|
- Salam al Kuntar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Penn Cultural Heritage Center
- Chip Colwell, Senior Curator of Anthropology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- James Cuno, President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust
- Joy Lynn Davis, Artist, "Remembering the Lost Sculptures of Kathmandu"
Domenic DiGiovanni, Port of Newark Customs and Border Protection Officer (ret.)
- Morag Kersel, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, DePaul University
- Shikha Silwal, Assistant Professor of Economics, Washington and Lee University
- Erin Thompson, Assistant Professor of Art Crime, John Jay College of Criminal Justice