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Cultural Property and Contested Ownership


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Introduction: changing concepts of ownership, culture and property.
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin and Lyndel V. Prott

Part I: Plunder, trafficking and return

01) Destruction and plunder of Cambodian cultural heritage and their consequences.
Keiko Miura

02) Cambodia's struggle to protect its movable cultural property and Thailand.
Alper Tasdelen

03) Looted, trafficked, donated, and returned: the twisted tracks of Cambodian antiquities.
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin

Part II: Between profit, authenticity and ethics

04) Struggles over historic shipwrecks in Indonesia: economic versus preservation interests.
Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz

05) Faked biographies. The remake of antiquities and their sale on the art market.
Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin and Sophorn Kim

Part III: Negotiating conditions of return

06) The Benin treasures: difficult legacy and contested heritage.
Barbara Plankensteiner

07) Pre-Columbian heritage in contestation. The implementation of the UNESCO 1970 convention on trial in Germany.
Anne Splettstoesser

08) Return logistics - repatriation business. Managing the return of ancestral remains to New Zealand.
Sarah Frundt

Lyndel V. Prott

About the Author

Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Goettingen, Germany. Lyndel V. Prott is an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. She was previously Professor of Cultural Heritage Law at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the former Director of UNESCO's Division of Cultural Heritage.


This book makes an important contribution in the expansive domain of cultural property. Taking the 1970 UNESCO as a very specific and important point of departure, this interdisciplinary collection opens new possibilities for understanding the complex relations between international bureaucracy and local responses in terms of decision-making, implementation and negotiation.

Jane Anderson, New York University, USA

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