ANN: Christie’s Education Recycling Luxury Conference, 5th JULY 2019 , London

The concept of luxury is associated with ideas of excess (luxus) or even worse immodesty (luxure). An infamous example involving Cleopatra dissolving a priceless pearl and swallowing it encapsulates some common associations between luxury and immorality, or luxury as intrinsically linked to the idea of waste.

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CONF: Emergence de l’art video en Europe (Paris, 19 Jun 19)

Research Seminar 5

As of today, a history of video art on a European scale remains to be done. This is the mission to which this research program intends to respond. An international network, bringing together both art and moving image historians, artists, protagonists of this adventure, custodians of archives, curators and young researchers, was formed . It aims to collect data on the artists, works and events that led to the advent of this practice, or which counted in its development on the European territory, and to bring to light the specific national conditions of production and diffusion allowing to explain the variety of productions as the disparity of the periods of emergence (1960-1980).

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CONF: Period Rooms and Cultural Transfer (Bochum, 22-23 May 19)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, May 22 – 23, 2019

[Deutsche Version weiter unten]

Period Rooms as Hubs of Cultural Transfer (Workshop)

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ANN: Responsible Art Market Conference New York Thursday, May 23, 2019

Responsible Art Market Conference, New York
Thursday, May 23, 20191:30 pm–5:30 pmColumbia University

The Responsible Art Market (RAM) Initiative is coming to New York! Join us for the first US RAM conference organized jointly with Columbia University and PAIAM.RAM is the first of its kind, non-profit, cross market initiative formed in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015. Its mission is to raise awareness amongst art businesses of risks faced by the art industry and to provide practical guidance and a platform for the sharing of best practices to address those risks. RAM’s founding members span the entire spectrum of the art market and include art businesses, institutions and attorneys.

To date, RAM has published two sets of practical guidelines and checklists (downloadable free of charge on its website) which are increasingly used and referred to in Switzerland and Europe: the Guidelines on Combatting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing and the Art Transaction Due Diligence Toolkit.

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ANN: The Practice of Restitution and Reparations and the Historiography of the Holocaust: An Entangled History?

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; The Eli and Diana Zborowski Center for the Study
of the Aftermath of the Holocaust; Prof. Dr. Regula Ludi, University of
Zurich, University of Fribourg; Prof. Dr. Daniel Siemens, Newcastle University

09.09.2019-11.09.2019, Jerusalem, Yad Vashem. The International
Institute for Holocaust Research
Deadline: 31.07.2019

It is well established that international criminal trials were essential to the historiography of Nazi crimes. By making source material available and framing the representation of Nazi atrocities they contributed to the knowledge, the rising public awareness and shifting scholarly interpretations of the Holocaust. At the same time, the role of historians acting as expert witnesses in such trials has been the subject of heated debates for a number of decades.

Still largely underexplored, however, is the relationship between the practice of restitution and reparations for Nazi victims and the historiography of Nazi crimes. Much less in the public eye than criminal trials, restorative justice mechanisms long failed to attract scholarly attention. As a consequence, the voices of claimants and the work of central agencies participating in restitution practices such as the International Tracing Service, victims’ associations, legal assistance organizations, and other private actors have been only dealt with in passing.

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CONF: Kolloquium “Unbewältigt? Ästhetische Moderne und Nationalsozialismus. Kunst, Kunsthandel, Ausstellungspraxis”, 16.–18. Mai 2019

Brücke Museum Berlin, 16. Mai 2019
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 17.–18. Mai 2019

Freier Eintritt. Um Anmeldung wird gebeten: Natascha Hellwag,

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CONF: What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe, 26-28 June, Berlin

On the occasion of its 20th birthday the MEK – Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin hosts the conference “What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe”. The conference focuses on blank spots: Which objects, narratives, methods and actors have not been paid any (or enough) attention to and are missing in our museum reflections on contemporary daily lives and societies in Europe? Numerous European collections and museums with objects of everyday life are going through processes of transformation – from historical folklore, national and sometimes ethnically oriented to contemporary, European and transculturally designed institutions. In this process, the historical collections are both a blessing and a curse: They form the basis of existence for these museum types – but the collections themselves and/or their ‘traditional’ narrative framings do not sufficiently represent current social developments or complex pasts. How can these museums adequately account for new sociopolitical contexts, especially against the background of present theoretical debates, which conceptualize things, actors, spaces and routes as closely entangled? In addition, the political “European project” is being increasingly called into question and conflicting ideas about European identity/identities and cultural heritage are being strongly communicated in many arenas. What social role do museums – and especially the (former) folklore museums – want to play in these debates of Europe in transition? How can a reinterpretation and contemporization of collections and exhibitions through (post-)migratory, queer, decolonial, fugitive, dis/abled or other marginalized lenses be established in mainstream museum work?

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