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Summer School: Contested Heritage and the Role of Provenance Research

Update: We have closed registration (deadline was 15 June)

Every year -at the end of August - the Centre for Global Heritage and Development organizes a summer school. This year, our summer school will focus on contested cultural objects and the role of provenance research (ownership history). What are the standards for heritage protection and ownership of cultural objects that were (or might have been) looted, recently or in the past? Moreover, what is the role of law enforcement in these matters? In an interdisciplinary setting, with scholars and professionals from the fields of law, heritage, law enforcement and the art market, we will look at the standards and mechanisms that are in place to prevent cultural objects from being acquired, and/or traded unlawfully.  

The programme is academically curated by our experts Dr. Evelien Campfens (Leiden University) and Dr. Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


Monday 29 August to Thursday 1 September 2022 (week 35)


The summer school will take place in a synchronous hybrid format. This means that we will be hosting the summer school from our location at Leiden University Campus, both in-person and online. There will be a mix of in-person and online presentations by our invited experts. For those who want to follow the entire summer school online, we offer attendance at a reduced rate. A maximum of 30 attendants applies. 

Why this Summer school? 

This summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading academics and professionals about current ethical and legal standards for contested cultural objects with a focus on provenance research. In an interdisciplinary setting, our experts will provide perspectives from a wide range of disciplines, offering a multi-faceted view on the topics discussed. Our summer school is dedicated to merge both academic research with the day-to-day professional practice.  

Course fees

We offer two rates:

€ 600 for onsite participation (including diner on Monday and Wednesday, lunches and coffee/tea for all days),(LDE Affiliated Scholars pay €400)

€ 250 for online participation (access to the lectures and the - limited - possibility to ask questions) (LDE Affiliated Scholars pay €150)

There are no scholarships available for this course.


At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation. An additional statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits can be issued. Please note that the statement is not an official transcript and that it is the student’s responsibility to validate the course for credits at their home university. Keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 study hours, we consider the Summer School to be equivalent to 1,5 ECTS.


To ensure an interactive setting for questions and discussions, we limit the number of participants to 30. If needed, a selection will be made based on the motivation and educational/professional background. We will inform you in the last week of June concerning your admission, after which payment is due (information in the admission email).

The application should be completed in one go as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following ready before starting the application:

  • 1. A short bio/CV with information on your prior education/profession;
  • 2. Your motivation to join the summer school in a few lines (max. 250 words).

We will only use this information in case we need to select participants and will delete this afterwards.

Please note that:

  • All courses are taught in English;
  • Only complete applications are considered;
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis;
  • Your admission to the course will be finalised only after payment of the fee;
  • The deadline for applications has been extended to 15 June.

Registration is now open. You can register by clicking on this link. For questions email the Coordinator Rients de Boer. 

Programme with speakers

• Day 1: Categories of contested cultural objects:

Dr. Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Dr. Jos van Beurden (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Dr. Emiline Smith (Glasgow University/University of Hong Kong)|

Dr. Evelien Campfens (Leiden University)

• Day 2: Legal Framework

Prof. Ana Vrdoljak (Unesco Chair, University of Technology Sydney)

Dr. Andrzej Jakubowski (Opole University)

Kristin Hausler (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)               

• Day 3: Provenance Research in Practice

Ted Oakes (ICOM)

Julia Rickmeyer (Sothebys)

Lea Gruter (Rijksmuseum)

Will Korner (TEFAF & Cultural Heritage At Risk Database)

• Day 4: Enforcement

Dr. Donna Yates (Maastricht University)

Marja van Heese (Dutch Heritage Inspectorate)

Richard Bronswijk (Head of the Art & Antiquities Crime Unit of the Dutch police)