2016 Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference in Italy

The Association for Research into Crimes against Art  (ARCA) is pleased to announce that it will host its 8th annual interdisciplinary Art Crime conference in Amelia, Italy the weekend of June 24-26, 2016.   The call for general abstracts for the conference is now open.  Please visit the abstract submission page linked below for details on how to submit an abstract for consideration.  The abstract submission deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. 

Presenters with topics related to the following areas are particularly encouraged to submit a speaking proposal highlighting the following issues of common concern:

  • Forgery
  • Provenance Research/ Collecting History 
  • Museum Security/Risk Management
  • Art Policing
  • Illicit Art Trafficking

For more details on submitting a proposal for this year’s conference, please review the link here for the 2016 Call for Abstracts.

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ARCA’s annual Italy conference serves as an arena for intellectual and professional exchange and highlights the nonprofit’s mission to facilitate a critical appraisal of the protection of art and heritage worldwide. Over the course of two days, the conference will serve as a forum to explore the indispensable role of detection, crime prevention and criminal justice responses, at both the international and domestic level, in combating all forms of art crime and the illicit trafficking in cultural property.  

Geared towards international organizations, national enforcement agencies, academics, cultural institutions, and private sector professionals in the art and antiquities fields – the Amelia conference follows a long-established commitment by the Association to examine contemporary issues of common concern in the important field of art crime and to further awareness and understanding in the need for protection of art and cultural heritage. 

Held in the beautiful town of Amelia (Umbria), the seat of ARCA’s Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection the conference will include two full days of multidisciplinary panel sessions, a Friday, June 24th ice-breaker cocktail reception at the Palazzo Farrattini and an Italian “Slow Food” dinner on Saturday evening.

Presentation sessions will be held all day Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Sala Boccarini inside the 14th century Franciscan Boccarini cloister adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca “Edilberto Rosa” in Amelia, Italy.   Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 am, with breaks in the morning and afternoon for coffee and lunch.

The 2016 conference will be open to is open to scholars from different disciplines, practitioners, and policy- and decision-makers as well as anyone with an interest in the protection of art and the complexity of art crimes.  Registration for the event will open in February 01, 2016 so please check back with this page then for further details.  

Registration Fees:

$120 for both day’s sessions for professionals
$75 for both day’s sessions for university students providing proof of enrollment in an academic program.

Fees for optional transfers and networking events are payable on site at the venue’s registration check-in.

For register for this year’s conference please go to the Eventbrite registration page here.  

For further information about this 2016 conference please contact the conference organizers at:  

italy.conference (at) artcrimeresearch.org 

The city of Amelia’ cares about the world’s cultural patrimony and invites you to join us.