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May 17-18, 2022: Virtual symposium explores the complicated histories of colonial expropriation of artifacts, restitution & decolonization in libraries, archives and museums.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
9:00 AM (Pacific Time)
Registration Required

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Join us for Contested Collections: Grappling with History and Forging Pathways for Repatriation, an online symposium hosted by UCLA Library and co-sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. This four-part series featuring international experts explores the complicated histories of cultural heritage collections, the expropriation of artifacts through colonialism and looting, the politics and ethics of ownership and restitution, and decolonization in libraries, archives, and museums. 

Returning Home: Reclaiming Nazi-Looted Jewish Materials
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 9AM to 10:30AM PT

  • Lisa Leff, Professor of History, American University; Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Michal Bušek, Jewish Studies Researcher, Jewish Museum in Prague
  • Diane Mizrachi, Librarian for Jewish and Israel Studies and Social Sciences, UCLA Library
  • Russell Johnson, Curator for History of Medicine and the Sciences, UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Moderator: Renata Fuchs, Lecturer, Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies and Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA

Entangled Collections: Colonial Histories and the Ethics of Ownership and Stewardship
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 9AM to 10:30AM PT

  • Alice Procter, art historian and writer
  • Ndubuisi Ezeluomba, Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Panggah Ardiyansyah, PhD candidate, History of Art and Archaeology Department, SOAS University of London
  • Moderator: Susan Slyomovics, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA

Beyond NAGPRA: Centering Cultural Sovereignty and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 2PM to 3:30PM PT

  • Wendy Giddens Teeter, Cultural Resources Archaeologist, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca), Professor of Gender Studies and American Indian Studies; Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs, UCLA
  • Chief Mutáwi Mutáhash (Many Hearts) Lynn Malerba (Mohegan Tribe), Lifetime Chief 
  • Jennifer R. O’Neal (The Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde), Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon
  • Moderator: Camille Callison (Tahltan Nation), University Librarian, University of the Fraser Valley; Co-Lead, National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance

Paving a Way Forward: Current and Future Approaches to Restitution
Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 12:30PM to 2PM PT

  • Damien Webb (Palawa), Manager, Indigenous Engagement Branch, State Library of New South Wales
  • Leila Amineddoleh, Founding Partner, Amineddoleh & Associates, LLC; Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University
  • Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Professor, Central European University - Vienna
  • Moderator: T-Kay Sangwand, Librarian for Digital Collection Development, UCLA Library


For more information about the programs and speakers, visit the symposium site