The reunification of the Parthenon Marbles – a European concern

The Swiss Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures are organising a round table discussion taking place at the European Parliament in Brussels.

MEP Rodi Kratsa, Vice-President of the European Parliament 2007-2012, and Professor Dusan Sidjanski, Chairman of the Swiss Committee, have the pleasure to invite you to the Round Table


under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Hellenic Republic

Tuesday, 15th OCTOBER 2013, 14.00 – 16.00

European Parliament

Room P4B001 (PHS)

(Please click on the name of the speakers for further information (CV and abstract)).

Chair | Krister Kumlin
Former Ambassador and Chairman of the Swedish Parthenon Committee

Introduction | Rodi Kratsa
MEP and former Vice-President of the European Parliament

Address | Panos Panagiotopoulos

Minister of Culture of the Hellenic Republic

Brief presentation of the Parthenon Marbles issue (video)


Tom Flynn
Art historian and writer

Miguel Ángel Martínez Martínez
Vice-President of the European Parliament and of the Board of Trustees of the House of European History

Louis Godart
Advisor for the Conservation of Artistic Heritage to the Italian President

Bernard Tschumi (video presentation)
Architect of the Acropolis Museum

Henry Porter
Journalist and author

Jo Leinen
MEP and Chairman of the European Movement International

Maurice Davies
Museum advisor and commentator

Conclusion | Prof. Dusan Sidjanski

Chairman of the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles

Languages: English, French and Greek

For more information, or to read this invite in other languages, visit their website here.

Manchester conference on Museums and Restitution

Manchester University is organising a conference on Museums and Restitution. One fo the speakers at the conference will be George Vardas from the Australian Committee. The event will also be attended by Fabrizio Micalizzi from the Swiss Committee.

Museums and Restitution – International Conference

Museums and Restitution is a two-day international conference organised by the Centre for Museology and The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester. The conference examines the issue of restitution in relation to the changing role and authority of the museum, focussing on new ways in which these institutions are addressing the subject.

Restitution is one of the most emotive and complex issues facing the museum world in the twenty first century. Its current high profile reflects changing global power relations and the increasingly vocal criticisms of the historical concentration of the world’s heritage in the museums of the West. The 2002 Declaration of the Importance and Value of Universal Museums, which was signed by the directors of eighteen of the world’s most prominent museums, pushed the subject to the forefront of debate as never before.

Over recent years, the issue of restitution has taken on a new complexion with different processes emerging. We have seen an increasing emphasis on museums working with source communities, and with new forms of restitution other than object restitution – such as visual and knowledge restitution. The language of discussion too has changed, with the term ‘reunification’, for example, rather than ‘repatriation’ now often being used in relation to the Parthenon Marbles. The opening of New Acropolis Museum in Athens in June 2009 has added a further dimension to the debates. We are also seeing new countries gaining increasing prominence in restitution debates: for example, the official response from the government of the People’s Republic of China to the Yves Saint Laurent auction of Chinese looted bronzes at Christie’s in Paris in March 2009. This is a trend clearly set to continue.

This conference will bring together museum professionals and academics from a wide range of fields (including museology, archaeology, anthropology, art history and cultural policy) to share ideas on contemporary approaches to restitution from the viewpoint of museums.

Possible themes

* New museums, new developments

* Visual, knowledge and digital repatriation

* Authority and power: voices listened to, voices heard

* Beyond ownership? Loans, travelling exhibitions, exchanges

* Reflections on returns

*New* Lunch-Time Discussion on Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, Prague’s Terezin Declaration and latest legislation. Find out more and get involved.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers

- Tristram Besterman (Former Director, The Manchester Museum. Writer, adviser and mediator on museums and cultural issues)

Title of Keynote: ‘Cultural equity: an ethical paradigm for the sustainable museum’

- Prof. Piotr Bienkowski (Former Deputy Director, The Manchester Museum. Cultural, heritage and museums consultant, writer and researcher and Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester)

Title of Keynote: ‘Authority and the Power of Place: Exploring the Legitimacy of Authorised and Alternative Voices in the Restitution Discourse’

- Maurice Davies (Head of Policy and Communication, Museums Association)
Maurice will lead the onference closing session and discussion on Friday 9th July
Programme Panel

* Dr Sam Alberti, The Manchester Museum / Centre for Museology

* Dr Kostas Arvanitis, Centre for Museology

* Malcolm Chapman, The Manchester Museum

* Dr Zachary Kingdon, National Museums Liverpool

* Dr Helen Rees Leahy, Centre for Museology

* Prof. Sharon Macdonald, Social Anthropology

* Louise Tythacott, Centre for Museology


Standard Registration Fee: £100 (£50 per day)

Student Registration Fee: £50 (£25 per day)

Please complete the conference booking form and e-mail it as an attachment to:

Hannah Mansell at: Hannah.mansell@manchester.ac.uk

Or post it to:

Hannah Mansell,
Martin Harris Centre,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
M13 9PL

Tel.: + 44 (0)161 275 3319
*Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment! – Please register by Monday 7th June 2010*
Key Dates
Call for Papers Deadline: 11th December 2009
Notification of Acceptance: March 2010
Registration Opens: March 2010
Registration Closes: June 2010
Conference Dates: 8-9 July 2010

Read the original announcement here.

Two More Countries join the Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures

January 02nd, 2009

Two More Countries join the Campaign for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures

Organisations from two more countries have joined the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The addition of Switzerland and Finland in December 2008 brings the membership of the International Association to 17 committees from 16 countries. All these committees have been formed with the objective of supporting the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece.

Switzerland and Finland join Marbles Reunited from Britain as the new members for 2008.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill (Australia), said that the consistent expansion of the association membership since it was formed in 2005 is a powerful reminder of the widespread and growing support in Britain and around the world for the Parthenon Sculptures to be returned to Greece.

The International Association now has member orgnaistions in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain (the British Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Sculptures and Marbles Reunited), Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

Switzerland joins the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

December 15th, 2008

Today it was announced that The Swiss Committee the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (Comité Suisse pour le Retour des Marbres du Parthénon) has joined the International Association for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill said he welcomed the addition of the organisation to the international campaign. The Executive of the Swiss committee includes:

President: Professor Dusan Sidjanski

Vice President: Me Olivier Vodoz

Secretary: Fabrizio Micalizzi

Treasurer: Michèle Lubicz-Davet

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures now has sixteen members from fifteen countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the USA. Contact details for the Swiss Committee can be found on their members page.

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