The Amelia Conference – 2020:
ARCA’s Annual Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference


Conference Dates – June 19-21, 2020
Location – Collegio Boccarini Conference Hall
Adjacent to the Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca Edilberto Rosa
Amelia, Italy

Call for Presenters – Closes March 30, 2020.

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 19, 2020, 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 will be two days of panel sessions to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2020 which will be devoted to topics of common concern in the field.

Higlights for the 2020 edition of the Amelia Conference will be presentations centering on the following topics:

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 revolutionize 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, Forging, Counterfeiting Fakes, 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: dreams vs. reality. Does the art market learn from its mistakes? Can the market truly behave ethically?

Every year ARCA’s 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.

Some attendees who wish to stay a bit longer in Italy, may also consider participating in a five-day joint ARCA-HARP Provenance Training course, “Provenance and the challenges of recovering looted assets”, delving into collection history concerns. 

Fees for the 2020 conference:

€150 for both days’ sessions for professionals

€80 for both days’ sessions for university students providing proof of current enrollment in an academic program.

Registration fees included entry to all conference sessions plus complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks with coffee and light pastries.

Optional Events with Fees

Ice-breaker cocktail reception on Friday, June 19th
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Saturday, June 20th
✾ Italian “Slow Food” dinner on Saturday, June 20th
✾ Picnic lunch in the 14th century cloister of San Francesco on Sunday, June 21st

This 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.

To register for this year’s event, please see our Eventbrite registration page.

For further information about this year’s conference please write to us at:


italy.conference (at)



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