This year, ARCA and the US-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) will again host a standalone course joined to the Amelia conference titled “Provenance and the Challenges of Recovering Looted Assets” taught by Marc Masurovsky, co-founder of HARP, and former director of the Provenance Research Training Program at the Prague-based European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI).
This course will take place from June 15 till June 19, 2020 and will run alongside ARCA’s 11th annual Amelia Conference, a weekend-long forum of intellectual and professional exchange which explores the indispensable role of research, detection, crime prevention and criminal justice responses in combating all forms of art crime and the illicit trafficking in cultural property.

Open to applicants interested in exploring the ownership history of looted cultural objects, their trafficking and their restitution/repatriation, the 5-day course will provide participants with exposure to research methodologies which are used to clarify and unlock the past history of objects likely to have been displaced in periods of crisis. It will also examine the complex nuances of post war and post conflict restitution and repatriation as well as its ethical underpinnings.

Details of the course can be found here as well as an interview with the course professor here. 

For a detailed course prospectus and application materials or for general questions about the course please contact us at 

In addition to the postgraduate program, the provenance course is also offered as stand-alone course. ARCA and the US-based Holocaust Art Restitution Project (HARP) have teamed up to offer its 4th annual stand-alone provenance course which tackles the complex issues of cultural plunder. More information can be found here on our website.