Program Details

In this course we look at these recent and historical practices, how they relate to other war crimes, and how to organize its restoration or restitution afterwards.
Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Graduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Cultural artefacts and antiquities have become part of the arsenal of modern warfare. And its victims. Their deliberate destruction, looting and trafficking has been part and parcel of conflicts from the former Yugoslavia to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. There have been other less known but not less extensive waves of looting during times of conflict. Examples are the massive one-way traffic of objects of cultural and historical importance during five centuries of European colonialism, and the massive confiscation of art-works by the Nazis.

In this course we look at these recent and historical practices, how they relate to other war crimes, and how to organize its restoration or restitution afterwards. What are the roles of law and morality in these contexts? Does international law and its enforcement protect cultural heritage in the present and in the past? And what about extra-legal responses?

 

Eminent experts in the field examine these issues from legal, criminological, historical and other perspectives, practical as well as theoretical. The framework they provide also covers approaches to the looting of cultural objects in the colonial era, post-colonial claims for the return of human remains and other cultural artefacts and the restitution of Nazi-looted art. The course is organized by the Centre for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), a leading global player in research on international criminal law and the criminology of international crimes, in collaboration with CLUE+, the VU Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage.

 

Learning objectives:

  • You understand and can apply international legal frameworks protecting cultural objects in times of war and conflict.

  • You can relate the intentional destruction of cultural heritage to other war crimes, such as ethnic cleansing and genocide.

  • You are familiar with specific cases of post-conflict restitution of cultural artefacts, and their challenges.

  • You can reflect creatively upon the dynamics between various legal and extra-legal approaches to disputes around looted artefacts and historical

Cost:
€1150 (not including housing) Included in the tuition fee are: • Airport pick-up service • Orientation programme • Course excursions • On-site support • 24/7 emergency assistance • Transcript of records after completion of the course

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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