Save the Date: WCOM Symposium, June 5-6, 2017!

You are cordially invited to “save the date” for the upcoming symposium on “Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts” (WCOM:, part of a collaborative research project organized by six researchers from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki, and funded through the University of Helsinki Future Fund.

The symposium will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 5-6 at the National Museum, and will feature keynote addresses from:

Dr. Neil Brodie, Senior Research Fellow, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford (archaeologist and researcher on illicit trade in cultural objects)
Prof. Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University, USA (specialist in international cultural heritage law)
Prof. Christopher Rollston, George Washington University, USA (Northwest Semitic epigrapher and expert on forged inscriptions)

We will focus on Finland’s role in world research and trade markets, by discussing the ethics and practices of working with cultural objects  through the lenses of government, museums, and academic institutions.

Please see the attached flier (WCOM – Save the Date [PDF]), and stay tuned for (free) registration and the full program.  Inquiries may be directed to