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


Conference Dates – June 22-24, 2018
Location – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy

Abstract Submission – For more details on submitting a proposal for the 2018 conference, please click here.

In celebration of ARCA’s 10th anniversary of advancing knowledge in the fields of art and heritage crime and protection, we are pleased to announce the dates for ARCA’s annual Amelia Conference.

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 22, 2018, followed by an opening Speakeasy-themed cocktail later that evening.  This welcome icebreaker networking party is open for all Amelia Conference attendees and provides a relaxing moment for attendees to get to know one another outside the formalities of the conference venue.

At the heart of the conference are two full days of panel sessions held on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2018 devoted to topics of interest in the field.

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. 

Registration for the 2018 Amelia Conference is now open via Eventbrite.


€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 remain open until June 15, 2018 subject to space limitations.

Optional Events with Fees (payable on site):

✾ Themed “End of Prohibition” ice-breaker cocktail reception on Friday, June 22nd
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Saturday, June 23rd
✾ Italian “Slow Food” dinner on Saturday, June 23rd
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Sunday, June 24th

The 2018 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 2018 Amelia Conference please write to us at:


italy.conference (at)



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