Workshop: “Musées ethnographiques et restitutions”, 12 juin 2014 – ULB (LAMC & CEVIPOL)

New methodological approaches to restitution issues in ethnographic museums/

Musées ethnographiques et restitutions – Nouvelles méthodes et enjeux

Journée d’études

Université Libre de Bruxelles


Le 12 juin 2014, 12h-17h, Salle Rokkan

Institut de Sociologie, Bâtiment S, 12 étage, bureau 227

44, Avenue Jeanne, 1050 – Bruxelles

Convenors: David Berliner (LAMC – Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Felicity Bodenstein (Université Paris 4 Panthéon- Sorbonne)

Damiana Otoiu (Université de Bucarest, CEVIPOL – ULB)


12h00 – 12h10: Introduction by the convenors/ allocutions des organisateurs

12h10 – 12h40: “La mémoire et la patrimonialisation des passés difficiles” (titre à confirmer), Dominique Poulot (Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne)

12h40 – 13h10: “The Ends of the Museum”, Tatiana Flessas (London School of Economics and Political Science)

13h10– 13h40: Discussion

13h40 – 15h00: Lunch

15h00 – 15h25: “’Gifting’ Back : Ceremonies of Repatriation and Theoretical Perspectives from Marcel Mauss to Bruno Latour”, Felicity Bodenstein (Université Paris 4 Panthéon- Sorbonne)

15h25 – 15h50 : “La restitution des biens culturels des musées ethnographiques français et belges. Acteurs marginaux et centraux dans le processus de « fabrication » des normes”,Damiana Otoiu (Université de Bucarest, CEVIPOL – ULB)

15h50 – 16h15: “Changing ideas and meanings of ‘property’ in ‘cultural property’ theory and practice”, Cristina Golomoz (University of Oxford)

16h15 – 16h45: Discussion

16h45 – 17h00: Conclusion: Felicity Bodenstein (Université Paris 4 Panthéon- Sorbonne), Damiana Otoiu (Université de Bucarest, CEVIPOL – ULB)


Felicity BODENSTEIN, PhD candidate, University of Paris IV and former research fellow for Eunamus at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2009-2010 she was fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles with the Display of art group. For her doctoral thesis she works on the Cabinet des médailles et antiques of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Her research interests include the history of museums and archaeology in the nineteenth century. In the framework of Eunamus project he wrote on the history of national museums in France, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands and was coordinating a database on heritage conflicts in European national museums.

Tatiana FLESSAS holds a BA in Philosophy from Wellesley College, a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LLM and PhD from the London School of Economics. Dr. Flessas is currently a member of the Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining the LSE, she practiced law in the US and taught at the University of Reading School of Law. She has also served as a consultant to the British Museum (with Professor Lionel Bently, Cambridge University); and is a consultant on legal issues for Artwatch International and Artwatch UK. Her research interests are in cultural property and heritage law, law and social theory, and law and literature. Selected publications: Murphy, Roberts & Flessas, Understanding Property Law, 4th Edition (Sweet & Maxwell 2004); ‘The Ends of the Museum’ (May 29, 2013). Law Society and Economy Working Paper Series No. 14/2013; Flessas, T and Holder, J. (2008) “Emerging Commons”, Social and Legal Studies Journal 17(3); ‘Cultural Property Defined, and Redefined as Nietzschean Aphorism’ 24 Cardozo Law Review 1067 (2003).

Cristina GOLOMOZ is currently DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford. In 2013 graduated at the University of Cambridge’s MPhil in Social Anthropology program. She earned a MSc. degree in Law, Anthropology and Society at London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012 and a B.A. degree in Political Science at the University of Bucharest in 2011. She studies the shifting ideas and meanings of ‘property’ in globalised cultural heritage, by taking an ethnographic view to the French patrimoine practices.

Damiana OTOIU  is a lecturer in Political and Urban Anthropology in the Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest, and a Research Associate of the Center for the Study of Political Life (CEVIPOL), Université Libre de Bruxelles. Currently, she is a invited lecturer at the l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (the topic of the lectures : « historical and ethnographic museums and “great meta-narratives” of the past »). Her research is focused on the legal and political dimensions of cultural objects’ restitution by ethnographic museums, and on the representations of the past in museums of ethnography.

Dominique POULOT is a professor in History of Art (History of Cultural Heritage) at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne, and a senior member of l’Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (CNRS-EHESS). He has an expertise in heritage studies, uses of the past and museum studies. He is the director of the M.A. Programme in History and Politics of Heritage and Museums at Paris1, and the joint director of the Museum Studies M.A.  – a dual degree Paris1/Columbia University. Selected publications: Musée, nation, patrimoine, 1789-1815, Paris, Gallimard, 1997; Musées en Europe: une mutation inachevée, (avec Catherine Ballé), Paris, La Documentation française, 2004; Une histoire des musées de France, Paris, La Découverte, 2005; Musée et muséologie, Paris, La Découverte, 2005; Une histoire du patrimoine en Occident, Du monument aux valeurs, Paris, PUF.


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