The Amelia Conference – 2022
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference

Please join us on June 24-26, for our 11th annual conference on art and antiquities crime.

Amelia, Italy

24-26 June 2022

Chiostro Boccarini
Piazza Augusto Vera, 10
05022 Amelia TR








The Amelia Conference – 2022:
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference


Conference Dates – June 24-26, 2022
Location – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy

Call for Presenters – Closes March 30, 2022.

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 24, 2022, followed by an opening cocktail later that same evening.  This networking icebreaker event gives Amelia Conference attendees and speakers 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 devoted to presentations on Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, 2022 selected through this Call to be given in the Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall devoted to topics of common concern in the field.

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 organisations, national enforcement agencies, scholars, cultural institutions, and private sector professionals in the art and antiquities protection 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.

2022 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 minutes and will include a number of oral presentations with some time dedicated for interactive discussion.

Abstracts for 2022 are invited under the following session-specific themes designed to build capacity, consider best practices and common problems, and sharing knowledge to strengthen cooperation:*

Papyri, Provenance, and the Ethics and Economics of Aquisitions
– Discussion of the retrieval, distribution, and sale of papyrus fragments,
– The debate surrounding papyri and current academic standards and ideologies underpinning acquisition,

Policing the Art Market – Recent Successes and Recurring Obstacles to Prosecution
-Use of deterrents: practice vs. theoretical including forfeiture, financial punishments (heavy fines) and criminal charges (imprisonment).
-Critical assessment of current legislation and security resolutions. What lessons can be learned?

Bits, Bytes and the Digital Scene of the Crime
Blockchain proponents believe that the technology will revolutionise the art market as it functions without a central authority. Yet the technology which stores data in a tamper-proof way, an additional advantage of the technology, is not as tamperproof as it might seem.
-Digital techniques for identifying and profiling criminals and preventing art crime.
-Extracting and interpreting crucial data useful in identifying art crimes.
-Using digital forensic tools for mapping criminal groups and deterring art related offences.

The Un-fine Art of Forgery 
Faking, forgeries and counterfeits are omnipresent as works of art, this panel will be an interdisciplinary dialogue on the potential impacts of falsification.
– Faking as a process
– Fakes in intercultural contexts
– Forgery and related phenomena

Transparency and due diligence in the art market and museums: dreams vs. reality. Do art market actors and curators learn from the mistakes of their predecessors? 
One panelist representing museums
One panelist representing auction houses and or galleries
One panelist representing a provenance researcher
One panelist representing a collector or heir

Open Panel
Featuring three representative panelists on topics that develops organically not outlined above

Each selected presenter will represent a coherent and clearly focused presentation of a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes on one of the topic areas 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, 2022

Abstract Word Limit
No more than 400 words, excluding abstract title, presenter/co-presenter names and affiliations

Abstract Selection Process
Each submitted abstract must be accompanied by a CV or presenter bio.  The abstract review process will be conducted blind, i.e. all author names will be removed before the abstract before being shared by the conference review committee. Each abstract 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 concretised 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 discord familiar to Amelia Conference audiences in past annual sessions.

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).

Conference Registration Fees for 2022:
€150 for both days’ sessions for professionals
€80 for both days’ sessions for university students providing proof of current enrolment in an academic program.
Registration fees included entry to all conference sessions plus complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with coffee and light pastries.

Due to the ARCA’s extremely limited operational budget, all participants attending the Amelia Conference are responsible for their own registration fees, travel and accommodation expenses travelling to, and while in, Italy.  Accepted conference presenters will have conference registration fees waived and will be the Association’s invited guests for the Amelia Conference icebreaker cocktail on 24 June 2022.

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