Symposium Roofkunst

Programma 16 & 17 november

Day 1 - Loot - Past, present and future (November 16th)

Location - Mauritshuis


REGISTRATION (with coffee and tea)

09:00 - 09:30 uur


1. CATEGORIES OF LOOTED ART (09.45 – 11.00)


Introduction to the exhibition Loot-10 stories
Martine Gosselink, General Director Mauritshuis & Sheila Reda, Junior Curator Mauritshuis

Looted art: a matter of justice?
Dr. Evelien Campfens, Expert in cultural heritage law and post-doc fellow at Leiden University

The Question of Comparing Colonial and Nazi Looted Objects

Gregor Langfeld, Professor of Art History, Cultural Heritage and Identity at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, coordinator research group Looted Art: Provenance Research and Restitution in the Netherlands and co-coordinator Master specialization Restitution Studies at Amsterdam University


Coffee / Tea

11.00 - 11.15




Tracing Looted Artworks within the Louvre Collection
Dr. Emanuelle Polack, Project Manager Provenance at Musée du Louvre

Reconciliation through research: an uneasy embrace
Dr. Klaas Stutje, Provenance researcher at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Future of Colonial Cultural Property: Beyond Restitution
Dr. Naazima Kamardeen, Professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Colombo


Lunch break

12.30 - 13.45

Mauritshuis Loot Roofkunst Jongsmaoneill VR Quadriga Inheadset

3. MUSEUMS' (FUTURE) PRACTICES (13.45 - 15.00)


Cooperation and Restitution – Museology and related Fields of Action

Prof. Dr. Lars-Christian Koch, Director Ethnologisches Museum and Asian Art Museum Berlin and Director of Collections at the Humboldt Forum Berlin

Provenance in Practice - The archaeological collections of the Allard Pierson

Laurien de Gelder, Curator of Archaeological Collections of the Ancient Near East & Greek World at the Allard Pierson

Restitution and the museum as process

Prof. Ciraj Rassool, Professor of History at the University of the Western Cape, director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies, member of the new South African National Advisory Board for Restitution and Repatriation

Coffee / Tea

15.00 - 15.15

Mauritshuis Loot Roofkunst Jongsmaoneill VR Kris Inheadset2 (1)

4. ROLE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY (15.15 - 17.00)

Learning from Provenance Data
Prof. Dr. Lynn Rother, Lichtenberg-Professor for Provenance Studies and Director of the Provenance Lab at Leuphana University Lüneburg

3D printing the Mixtec skull: the role of technology to discuss ethical issues surrounding contested heritage in a co-creative way
Liselore Tissen, lecturer and external PhD-candidate at LUCAS & Delft University of Technology at the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), Education & Research Manager (CLARIAH) & Face of Science at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Making Loot - 10 stories. Using human-scaled storytelling and immersive media to create a cross-disciplinary exhibition + Q&A
Jongsma + O'Neill:
Eline Jongsma, Founder, creative director and producer of immersive documentaries and AR/VR at Jongsma + O’Neill, creative lead and guest curator Loot - 10 stories.
Kel O’Neill, Founder, writer and director of immersive documentaries and AR/VR at Jongsma + O’Neill, creative lead and guest curator Loot - 10 stories.


Visit to the exhibition & drinks

17.00 - 19.00

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Day 2 - Future of loot: a constructive dialogue (November 17th)

08.45 – 15.00 (The Hague Conference Centre "New Babylon", Anna van Buerenplein 29 - next to Den Haag CS)

08:45-09:15 Registration (with coffee & tea)

Plenary part (09.15 - 10.00)

Welcome and introduction
Martine Gosselink, General Director Mauritshuis

Keynote speech
Dr. Wayne Modest, Director of Content Wereldmuseum, Professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies in the faculty of humanities at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Mauritshuis Loot Roofkunst Jongsmaoneill Een Video Still Uit De Documentaire Over De Surinaamse Staf BEELD Jongsma + O'neill

Break-out sessions

Session I: 10.00 - 11.30

Session II: 11.45 – 13.00

During these break-out sessions, we aim to engage in a constructive and future-oriented dialogue with all participants. Each of the below subjects can be attended during either round 1 or 2. 

a. Positioning in a polarised debate
Marit van Dijk MA (Coordinator Heritage Lab; Researcher at the lectorate of the Reinwardt Academy) and Britt-Marie van der Drift MA (Advisor and educator, specialized in trans-Atlantic slavery history and colonialism, Lecturer Cultural Heritage at the Reinwardt Academy)

b. Technological solutions: opportunities and challenges
Liselore Tissen and Kel O’Neill en Eline Jongsma

c. Provenance research and international cooperation
Dr. Alicia Schrikker (Senior University Lecturer and Director of Research at the Leiden University Institute for History, researcher PPROCE, member Colonial Collections Committee) and Dilip Tambyrajah (Board member Netherlands-Sri Lanka Foundation)

d. Decolonization of western collections: the blind spots
Onias Landveld, Founder of production house Wosu, creative performer, playwright, former poet laureate, and lecturer in (corporate) storytelling and spokenword
Vera Bos, Project manager Programming Mauritshuis

e. Heritage protection in wartime
Edwin Maes, head of Section Cultural Affairs & Information, Ministry of Defence, Dutch Government
Mike van der Steenhoven, Coordinator Collection Management Mauritshuis

11.30- 11.45 Coffee / Tea

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break

14:00-15:00 Conclusion to the day
Recap panel with the chairs of the break-out sessions & a closing ceremony with Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Netherlands

Mauritshuis Loot Roofkunst Jongsmaoneill VR Rembrandt Inheadset (2)