Biographies and Abstracts, Athens, 17-18 March 2008

Athens International Conference brought together experts who have been involved in discussions leading to the return or reunification of cultural property.

The first day of the conference was devoted to the presentation of individual return cases by those involved. On the second day, discussions were held around four thematic workshops related to the debate on returns.

1st day of the Conference:

Case Study n°1: From Italy to Ethiopia. The return of the Axum Obelisk

  • Chairperson: Mr. Patrick O’ Keefe: CV

Case Study n°2: From Germany to Zimbabwe.The reunification of the Stone Bird of Great Zimbabwe at an exhibition of the Tervuren Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium and its return from Germany to Zimbabwe.

  • Chairperson: Ms Marina Schneider: Cv

Case Study n°3: From Edinburgh University to the Ngarrindjeri nation of South Australia. The return of Ancestral Remains.

  • Chairperson: Mr. Tomislav Šola: CV

Case Study n°4: Cooperation Project between Denmark and Greenland. The “Utimut” Project for the Repatriation of Cultural Heritage from Denmark to Greenland.

  • Chairperson: Mr. Zhan Guo: CV

Case Study n°5: The Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

  • Chairperson: Mr. Malcolm Bell: CV

Case Study n°6: From The United Kingdom to Canada. The ceremonial Mask of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations from the British Museum on long-term loan- to the U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Chairperson: Mr. George Bizos: CV
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