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The Amelia Conference:
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference


Conference Dates – June 21-23, 2019
Location – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy

Call for Presenters – Closed March 30, 2019.

Held in the beautiful town of Amelia, Italy, the seat of ARCA’s summer-long Postgraduate Certificate Program in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection, the Association’s annual conference consists of association-hosted plenary sessions on Friday, June 21, 2019, followed by an opening cocktail later that evening.  This networking meet and greet is open for all Amelia conference attendees and provides a relaxing moment to get to know one another outside the formalities of the conference venue.

At the heart of the conference are two days of panel sessions held on Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, 2019 devoted to topics of common concern in the field.

This years presentations will include:

“Investment law and the protection of cultural heritage: harmony or conflict?”
Alessandra Asteriti, Ph.D.,
Junior Professor of International Economic Law, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

“Behind Enemy Minds: from Sight to Insight”
Frederik Van Belle,
Chief Commissioner of Police,  Ghent, Belgium
Kim Covent, Bachelor, Communication Management, Bachelor, Secondary Teacher Education
Police Adviser, Ghent Police, Belgium

“Empact: A European Interdisciplinary Impact Operation”
Richard Bronswijk
Sr. Inspector of the Art and Antiques Crime Unit, Dutch National Police

“A big data approach to the online market for antiquities”
Fabien Curto Millet, DPhil
Director of Economics, Google LLC

“Anticipating the Future, Preserving the Past: early warning intelligence methodology in service of cultural property protection”
Zeynep Egeli, BA
M.Sc., Candidate, Leiden University

“The Soft Law Regulation of the Art Market in Brazil and MERCOSUR”
Marcilio Franca, Ph.D.,
Prosecutor at the Prosecution Office at the Audit Court of Paraíba, Brazil
Professor of Public Law at the Federal University of Paraíba Brazil

“Growing the Movement: Bringing Cultural Heritage Protection to a Younger and Broader Audience”
Kirsten Hower, MLitt
Social Media Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation

“Reverse Graffiti: A Case of Criminal Damage or a Clever Way around Anti Graffiti Laws: A Comparative Study of German and UK Law”
Janine Meiser, LL.M., LL.M.
Ph.D., Candidate, Queen Mary University of London

“Converting history into commodities. The case of the Schøyen-network”
Christopher Prescott, DPhil
Director, The Norwegian Institute in Rome

NOTE:  Speakers presentations titles are being added as they are confirmed. 

ARCA’s annual Amelia Conference serves as an arena for intellectual and professional exchange and highlights the Association’s mission to facilitate a critical appraisal of the need for protection of art and heritage worldwide. Over the course of one weekend annually, ARCA’s summer conference serves as a forum to explore the indispensable role of detection, crime prevention, scholarly and criminal justice responses, at both the international and domestic level, in combatting all forms of art crime and the illicit trafficking in cultural property.

Geared towards international organizations, national enforcement agencies, academics, and cultural institutions working in the field, and private sector professionals involved in the art and antiquities market, the Amelia Conference follows a long-established commitment by the Association to examine contemporary issues of common concern in an open, non-combative, multi-disciplinary format, in order to build capacity in the field. In doing so, we seek to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the need for better protection of the world’s cultural patrimony.

For those attendees who wish to stay a bit longer in Italy, this summer’s conference will be held alonside a five-day joint ARCA-HARP Provenance Training course, “Provenance and the challenges of recovering looted assets”, for those who wish to delve into collection history concerns. 


€120 for both days’ sessions for professionals

€70 for both days’ sessions for university students providing proof of current enrollment in an academic program.

Registration fees include entry to all conference sessions plus complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with coffee and light pastries. Registration for this event will be handled through Eventbrite and will remain open until June 15, 2019 subject to space limitations.  

Optional Events with Fees (payable on site):

Ice-breaker cocktail reception on Friday, June 21st
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Saturday, June 22nd
✾ Italian “Slow Food” dinner on Saturday, June 22nd
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Sunday, June 23rd

The 2019 conference is open to attendees from different disciplines, practitioners, and policy decision-makers as well as anyone with an interest in the protection of art and the complexity of art crimes.

For further information about the 2019 Amelia Conference please write to us at:


italy.conference (at)



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