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Contested Collections: Grappling With History and Forging Pathways for Repatriation

A virtual symposium to examine the complicated histories of cultural heritage collections, the expropriation of artifacts through colonialism and looting, the ethics of ownership and restitution, and decolonization in libraries, archives, and museums.

The symposium consisted of four sessions spread out over three days. The first two panels focused on the historical roots of the problem and the current calls for rectification. The latter two focused on existing and potential pathways for repatriation. 

Recordings of each session are available under each program heading.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022


Wednesday, May 18, 2022



Thursday, May 19, 2022