This year, our summer school will focus on contested cultural objects and the role of provenance research (ownership history of artefacts). What are the standards for heritage protection, and ownership of cultural objects, and what rules apply to 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 that cultural objects are looted, acquired, and/or traded unlawfully. The programme is curated by our experts Dr. Evelien Campfens (Leiden University) and Dr. Naomi Oosterman (Erasmus University Rotterdam).


From Monday 29 August to Thursday 1 September 2022 (week 35), save the date!


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.

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.

More information 

We are now in the middle of organising the summer school, but you can always email Rients de Boer We expect to have more information available in March. You can also visit the website of Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Universities.