ANN: Registration open – Symposium ‘Terms of Art: Understanding the Mechanics of Dispossession During the Nazi Period’ (New York, May 7-8, 2020)

This symposium aims to explore from the historical, art historical and practical perspectives and across practitioner groups, what it means to describe involuntary loss using a specific term. The symposium will include expert paper presentations and panel-led discussions among claimant representatives, attorneys, members of the art trade, cultural institutions, provenance researchers, historians and art historians. 

Following the symposium, papers will be published as a free online book. The goal of the publication is to further the dialogue concerning this issue and promote greater understanding about the mechanics of dispossession as they relate to claims for artwork involuntarily lost as a result of Nazi persecution. 
Our aim is to inform and guide future discussions about the disparate views on these historical events and how a common understanding of these terms can effectively contribute to resolving claims in a more consistent and expeditious manner.

Please note that space is limited, and the symposium centers on a highly specialized subject. In order to ensure the substance remains focused, participation is intended for practitioners in this field including claimant representatives, attorneys, members of the art trade, cultural institution professionals, provenance researchers, historians and art historians.

The registration process for the symposium has now begun. Kindly complete the form on the symposium website,

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New York, NY 10016