Call for Papers: Art and Law Conference, 23 June 2015, University of Cambridge

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Art & Law: Art in Peril
An Interdisciplinary Conference

23 June 2015, University of Cambridge

“Art & Law: Art in Peril” is an interdisciplinary conference convened to discuss varying perspectives on questions of art and law and to break down the barriers of specialization. “Art & Law: Art in Peril” intends to improve communication and promote an exchange on the most pressing issues at the juncture of art and law.  We aim to compose panels of speakers from a variety of disciplines, grouping papers by theme, geographic or temporal location, rather than by academic department.

We encourage submissions from scholars and professionals in art history, law, archeology, history, public policy, museum studies, classics, art conservation, and beyond.  Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

o Historical perspectives on the interrelationship between art and law
o Consequences of current conflicts on art and cultural heritage sites and objects in the Middle East (or elsewhere)
o Perspectives towards notions of originality and authenticity of artwork
o The legal aspects of the conservation of objects, sites, and/or structures
o International dispute resolution of cultural property whose ownership is disputed
o The relationship between cultural property and intellectual property
o Human remains, collections, and the law
o The digitization of artwork and visual culture

We intend to publish proceedings from the conference in either a journal, or as a stand-alone anthology.


Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to Sarah Rabinowe at by 28 February 2015.  Along with the abstract please include your name, institution, paper title and a brief biography. Successful applicants will
be notified by 13 March 2015. Selected speakers will be given further information about the Travel Fund available to offset transportation and accommodation costs.

“Art & Law: Art in Peril” will take place at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College with an evening reception at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences.  Upon request, assistance with accommodation reservations will be provided

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