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IC Ethics Meeting Room

Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

1 June 2020, 4.00 – 5.30 PM CEST

Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property addresses many serious ethical dilemmas that all museum professionals can face when acquiring artefacts to enrich their collections. Questioning the provenance of the object before acquiring it and doing the due diligence are two important issues to consider in the profession. In the past few years, the trade in illegal artefacts coming from war-torn countries became so serious that ICOM, Interpol and UNESCO became the main actors that played a role in fighting this reprehensible phenomenon. We will be introducing the topic and discuss the scourge of this trade.

This is one of our most popular topics and if we see that this session is too short to discuss the ethical dilemmas involved, we will have in the future more detailed sessions on this topic.

Moderator: Dr. Lina G. Tahan, Board Member of IC Ethics
Introduction: Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Trafficking Culture

To join the meeting click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84987877340


IC Ethics Meeting Room

Who gets to decide in the end? Sponsors and museum professionalism

June 2020 (details coming)

Museums often depend on the cooperation with private sponsors when in need of more money to fullfill working tasks in the way they wish to. In many countries, financially strong companies are willing to help with generous financial contributions, and private collectors may give or lend parts of their collection. However, major ethical challenges can arise, when this transfer of resources is linked to certain demands on how the museum has to use the money or collections. This can jeopardise the high level of professional and institutional integrity and autonomy of museums as stated in Principle 1.10 of the ICOM Code of Ethics.

Moderator: Dr. Kathrin Pabst, Chair of IC Ethics
Introduction: tba


For more information about the IC Ethics Meeting Room series, previous events and recordings of the introductions please visit >> this page.


About IC Ethics

As dedicated museum professionals and ICOM members, we see the need for a broad and open debate about ethical dilemmas. With the new importance of museums as societal actors, ethical dilemmas are among the most relevant working fields. We believe that IC Ethics will be an essential and important addition to the International Committees of ICOM.

As an International Committee, it will be an open forum on ethical dilemmas for all museum professionals, a forum for reflection, discussion and sharing, thereby helping museum professionals to make more informed choices.

IC Ethics has been officially founded in Kyoto/Japan on Tuesday, 4th of September 2019, after being approved by the ICOMs Executive Board in July 2019. The initiators have received 171 Letters of Support from 38 different countries and four continents. In addition, five National Committees have supported the initiative with written statements.

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