On 3 November 2017, the Polish team of the Project HEURIGHT had the honour to host special guest lectures by Dr Charlotte Woodhead, from the University of Warwick. Dr Woodhead’s research interests lie in cultural heritage law. She has studied and written on the restitution and repatriation of objects from museum collections. She has a particular interest in the work of the Spoliation Advisory Panel and the legal and self-imposed moral obligations under which museums act in their dealings with their collections and with the people they serve.
The lectures were addressed to the students of the Master Programme in Art History. Dr Woodhead explained legal, technical and financial difficulties and barriers to restitution of looted or plundered cultural property. In this context, she dealt with the realization of the 1998 Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art in various European jurisdictions. Special focus was given the actual practice of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in the United Kingdom. The Panel provides a mechanism to bring claims to recover cultural objects of which the original owners were dispossessed during the Nazi era. Its paramount purpose is to achieve a fair and just solution for the parties and it does this by assessing primarily moral considerations. By referring to particular cases reviewed by the Panel, Dr Woodhead offered broader observations on available remedies for past cultural wrongs and injustices.
The event was held at the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw.
On 6-9 September 2017, Andrzej Jakubowski participated in the 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL) conference titled ‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law’. The event took place in Naples (Italy), on 7-9 September 2017. The conference was hosted by the University of Naples Federico II. The opening session of the conference was held in the Teatrino di Corte, the King’s private opera theatre inside the Royal Palace, and the main conference was held in the Castel dell’Ovo, a magnificent medieval building which is the oldest standing fortification in Naples. Pre-conference ESIL Interest Group events were organized at the historical premises of the School of Law of the university.
The core objective of this conference was to explore how international law has responded, or can or should respond, to the fundamental challenge of defining and regulating global public goods, global commons and fundamental values. Andrzej Jakubowski presented a paper ‘Global Commons, Cultural Nationalism and the International Protection of Cultural Heritage’ at the 4th conference Agora The Protection of Cultural Heritage in International Law.
Full conference programme.
On 19-21 July 2017, Andrzej Jakubowski, HEURIGHT Project Leader and Alicja Jagielska-Burduk, Editor-in-Chief of the Santander Art and Culture Law Review, HEURIGHT editorial partner, taught the course ‘Arte, Cultura y Derecho’ [Art, Culture and the Law] within the framework of the Summer School co-organized by the University of La Laguna and the Council of the Municipality of Adeje, Tenerife (Spain). The course was coordinated by Luis Javier Capote Pérez and Eva María González Lorenzo. Prior to the course, a seminar on the management of cultural and artistic activities was held at the Faculty of Law of the University of La Laguna.
Programme of the course is available here.
Seminar flyer: Cartel Seminario sobre gestión cultural y del arte
Interview with Alicja Jagielska-Burduk: Eldigitalsur and DiarodeAvisos
On 10 July 2017 the research team of the Project HEURIGHT co-organized the debate ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’. The event, launched within the broader framework of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, was held on in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). Its aim was to explore and discuss the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection.
The confirmed discussants who participated in the event included:
- Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, World Heritage Centre, Chief of the Europe and North America Unit;
- Jing Feng, World Heritage Centre, Chief of the Asia and the Pacific Unit;
- Nada Al-Hassan, World Heritage Centre, Chief of the Arab States Unit;
- Edmond Moukala, World Heritage Centre, Chief of the Africa Unit;
- Mauro Rosi, World Heritage Centre, Chief of the Latin America and the Caribbean Unit;
- Alcira Sandoval Ruíz, UNESCO Office in Quito;
- Kristal Buckley, Deakin University, ICOMOS Australia;
- Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Europa Nostra, Secretary General;
- Sławomir Ratajski, Polish National Committee for UNESCO, Secretary General;
- Michał Niezabitowski, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, Director.
The debate was organized and moderated by Hanna Schreiber (Polish Intangible Heritage Board/University of Warsaw), member of HEURIGHT research team, and Katarzyna Zalasińska (Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage/University of Warsaw).
See the event flyer: Building bridges 1972-2003.
More information can be found here.
Photogallery: Building Bridges 2017-photo collage.
The research team of the Project HEURIGHT wishes to invite everyone interested to participate in the discussion ‘Building bridges between the 1972 and 2003 Conventions: Challenges for the Future’, to be held on 10 July 2017, at 07:00-09:00 pm, in Krakow (Poland) at the International Cultural Centre (MCK). The aim of this meeting, organized as a side event of the 41. Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, is to debate the differences and similarities between the two UNESCO Conventions, both in the normative and practical context of protection. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by UNESCO and states parties to both conventions as well as groups, communities and individuals perceiving their tangible and intangible heritage as one, vital part of identity and a point of reference for socio-cultural practices.
See the invitation Building bridges 1972-2003.
For more info, please contact Hanna Schreiber: email@example.com.
On 5-7 July 2017, Mateusz Bieczyński and Andrzej Jakubowski (Polish research team), participated in the conference ‘Courts, Power and Public Law’, held by the International Society of Public Law at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). With Kalliopi Chainoglou (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki) and Charlotte Woodhead (University of Warwick) they organized a panel entitled ‘Enforcing Cultural Rights – Current Challenges and Future Perspectives’.
The panel addressed diverse issues relating to the enhancement and enforcement of human cultural rights in the practice of judicial and quasi-judicial bodies in Europe.
Full conference programme.
On 9 June 2017, Kristin Hausler participated in the conference on Cultural Heritage in danger: illicit trafficking, armed conflicts and Cultural Diplomacy, at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, which was organised by the Center for Heritage, University of Kent. Her presentation focused on the EU’s diplomatic response to ‘cultural heritage in danger’, highlighting the two key areas in which the EU has taken initiatives in that regard, namely the combat of trafficking and the safeguarding of cultural heritage. She presented the three forms of actions through which the EU has addressed those issues: (1) legislation, with the two Council Regulations restricting the import of cultural goods from Iraq and Syria respectively; (2) programmes and partnerships (whether focused on cultural heritage or including cultural heritage matters); and (3) financial support to other organisations, such as to UNESCO’s Action Plan for Syria with the funding of the Emergency Safeguarding of the Syrian Cultural Heritage project, which includes the Observatory of Syrian Cultural Heritage. She concluded by presenting ‘Towards an EU Strategy for international cultural relations’, a document which was adopted in June 2016, following the Preparatory Action on ‘Culture in EU External Relations’ (2013-2014). This strategy, which should be launched in 2018, the first European year of Cultural Heritage, focuses on cultural heritage in danger as it contains a number of specific actions to be implemented to combat trafficking and strengthened the protection of cultural heritage. With regard to trafficking, it includes a legislative proposal to regulate the import into the EU of cultural goods, based on the results of a recently launched study to identify gaps in national legislation, and measures associated with the Action Plan for strengthening the fight against terrorist financing. As for the safeguarding of cultural heritage, it includes actions aimed at sharing satellite imagery of cultural heritage sites at risk with, inter alia, UNESCO through the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, in order to evaluate damage and plan possible reconstruction, for example.
Full programme available at the University’s website.
Photos: Kristin Hausler (presenting) and Kristin with the conference’s keynote speaker Dr Artemis A. Papathanassiou (former Chair of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece).
Hanna Schreiber, from the Polish research team, acted as as a keynote speaker at the 4th Heritage Forum in Kraków, 1-2 June 2017. The Heritage Forum of Central Europe is a cyclical, biennial event organised by the International Cultural Centre in Kraków. It constitutes an interdisciplinary platform for meetings and discussions on the relations between the past and the present informed by the broad understanding of heritage as ‘meaningful pasts that should be remembered’ (Sharon Macdonald). The aim of the fourth edition was to discuss and analyse a reciprocity between heritage and society, as well as their mutual engagement. What is society’s attitude to heritage – its meaningful but often difficult past? How does heritage shape communities? Who owns heritage and why? What are the social functions of heritage?
Plenary lectures were delivered by internationally acclaimed scholars: Professor Sharon Macdonald, Professor Robert van der Laarse, and Professor John Tunbridge. Additionally, the conference participants had an opportunity to attend parallel lectures delivered by several keynote speakers, including i.a.: Tamás Fejérdy, Sophia Labadi, Ioannis Poulios, Pavel Vařeka, Magdalena Vášáryová and Hanna Schreiber who delivered a lecture titled: ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage, Europe and the European Union – Exploring the Relationship’. Hanna also chaired the panel devoted to the relationship of heritage and communities.
Forum’s programme is available here.
More information can be found on the Forum’s website.
Ewa Manikowska, from the Polish research team, served as a member of the Advisory Board of the international conference, titled ‘Shaping Identities: Challenging Borders. Photographic Histories in Eastern and Central Europe‘, held on 9-11 May 2017, at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. The Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a member of HEURIGHT research consortium, was one of the co-organizers of this event.
A follow up to the highly successful international conference ‘Discovering “Peripheries”: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe‘ (see our news published on 1 June 2016), which was hosted by the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, in 2016, the event in Prague aimed at challenging established limits within histories of photography. It asked how local circumstances affected the production, dissemination and reception of photography in the societies of Central and Eastern Europe, and how those interacted with trends and developments from abroad. The conference also included a round-table discussion and several workshops on the issues of keeping, managing and digitising photographic collections.
Conference programme is available here.
More information can be found at the conference webpage.
See photo gallery.
The fifth meeting of the Principal Investigators (Francesca Fiorentini, Kristin Hausler, Andrzej Jakubowski) of the Project HEURIGHT was held on 22-23 April 2017 in Krakow, Poland. The two-day meeting was devoted to the evaluation of research activities performed so far by the three teams, as well as the planning of future activities for 2017. Consortium’s leaders also visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.