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The Amelia Conference:

ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference       

Call For Presenters


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 Deadline – March 30, 2018

In celebration of ARCA’s 10th anniversary of advancing knowledge in the fields of art and heritage crime, the Association is now accepting abstracts for its 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 for topic-related experts, followed by a networking Speakeasy cocktail later that evening open to all Amelia Conference attendees and speakers. At the heart of the conference are two full days devoted to presentations selected through this Call to be held in the Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, 2018.

ARCA’s annual Amelia Conference serves as an arena for intellectual and professional exchange and highlights the nonprofit’s mission to facilitate a critical appraisal of the need for protection of art and heritage worldwide. Over the course of one weekend each summer, this art crime-focused event serves as a forum to explore the indispensable role of detection, crime prevention, and scholarly and criminal justice responses, at both the international and domestic level, in combatting all forms of crime related to art and the illicit trafficking of 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 an open, non-combative, multi-disciplinary format in order to promote greater awareness and understanding of the need for better protection of the world’s cultural patrimony.

2018 Call for Presenters: Session Formats and Topics

Given the success of the Amelia Conference over the past decade, it is important to recognise the growing interdisciplinary and international nature of this emerging field, the growing complexity of art and heritage crime, and the disciplines and subject matter experts who follow along and contribute within their areas of speciality.  With that in mind, this year’s conference will build upon topic-specific sessions designed to stimulate discussion and share learning on a series of topics of common concern. Some conference panels may feature more active panel debate about a session topic, or present various and/or contrasting perspectives about a topic. Each panel session will last approximately 75 or 90 minutes and will include a number of oral presentations with some time dedicated for interactive discussion.

Abstracts for 2018 are invited under the following session-specific themes designed to build capacity, consider best practices and common problems, and sharing knowledge to strengthen cooperation:*

Policing the art market – For or against regulation?
-Use of deterrents: practice vs. theoretical including forfeiture, financial punishments (heavy fines) and criminal charges (imprisonment).
-Critical assessment of current legislation. Looking at the UK, US, and/or other countries, What lessons can be learned?

Fulfilling the Washington Principles: A reflection on its 20th anniversary
-Achievements, stalemates, deficiencies.
-Can they/should they be junked, replaced, or rewritten?
-Can the Washington Principles be applied to antiquities and indigenous objects?

The commonalities and differences in the way that looted art and cultural property are claimed: Is it possible to harmonize successful repatriation methods?
One panelist representing World War II concerns
One panelist representing antiquities concerns
One panelist representing indigenous concerns
One panelist representing First Nations concerns

How do countries seek their looted property individually and should their strategies change? What are the successes and weaknesses and would it be beneficial to coordinate strategies and come up with a shared template or strategy benefitting from one another’s successes? 
One panelist representing Western Europe/Eastern Europe
One panelist representing Africa
One panelist representing the Far East
One panelist representing Latin America
One panelist representing the Middle East

“Non-western” nations respond to the Global Museum idea – Giving voice to the forgotten.
One panelist representing Africa-north and south
One panelist representing Latin America
One panelist representing Asia

Transparency and due diligence in the art market: dreams vs. reality. Does the art market learn from its mistakes? Can the market truly behave ethically?
One panelist representing museums
One panelist representing auction houses
One panelist representing galleries
One panelist representing a collector

Cooperation in the fight against illicit traffic in cultural property: Tools and trainings designed to diminish/mitigate illicit trafficking.
(Object ID Standard, Red Lists, No-Strike lists, Model Export Certificate for Cultural Objects, training modules.) 
Featuring representative panelists from NGOs working to combat heritage crime at the national/international level.

Each selected presenter will represent a coherent and clearly focused presentation of 15 to 20 minutes on the list of topics outlined above that, combined with presentations given by co-panelists, are designed to provide significant insights into the topic or theme and to stimulate thoughtful, not combative or antagonistic, discourse.

We very much look forward to receiving presentation proposals on the aforementioned topics, noting that topics may change or be altered based on speaker availability.

Abstract and CV Submission Deadline
March 30, 2018

Word Limit
400 words, excluding abstract title, presenter/co-presenter names and affiliations

Abstract Selection Process
Each submitted abstract must be accompanied by a CV. The abstract review process will be conducted blind, i.e. all author names will be removed before the abstract before being sent out for peer review. The abstract itself will be reviewed and scored by independent reviewers who have expertise in the specific session’s identified subject area.

Peer Reviewers apply the following criteria to judge abstract submissions 
I. Quality and Originality (1 to 5)
Abstracts containing significant new findings or presenting concretized information or new approaches will be given higher scores than those that merely serve as a chronology of, or modifications to, older findings or routine topics of dischord.

II. Importance (1 to 5 pts)
This criterion addresses the importance of the presentation or research in terms of covering new ground and in advancing knowledge in the art crime and cultural heritage protection field.

III. Presentation (1 to 5 pts)                                                                              This criterion addresses how well the specific research question(s) and objectives, methods used, primary results, facts ascertained, etc., are explained, rather than simply titling the topical subject itself. A clearly written abstract follows a logical order (e.g. aims, methods, outcome of investigation or analysis).

All accepted participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses, however, accepted conference presenters will have their attendance fee waived and will be invited to be ARCA’s guest for the Amelia Conference Speakeasy on June 22, 2018.




For further information about the 2018 Amelia Conference or to submit an abstract, please write to us at:


italy.conference (at)

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