Annual MOVE seminar 2020 finally coming up!

Dear colleagues,

The annual MOVE seminar 2020, “Researching Archaeological and Heritage Artefacts: Legal and Ethical Dimensions,” was supposed to take place 21 April. Due to the corona pandemic we decided to postpone the seminar to 10 September. As an additional measure to prevent the spread of the virus, we have now decided to make the seminar a Zoom event. The seminar will still take place Thursday 10 September, but the program has been reduced and calibrated to fit the new medium. We have split the progam into two parts. The first part of the seminar (8:50-13:10) is an internal event, exclusively for the members of MOVE Research Group and the researchers associated with the TopForsk project The Lying Pen of Scribes. The last part of the seminar (18:00-18:50) consists of an online, public lecture open to our colleagues elsewhere as well.

We will post the full program for the event on this blog shortly, and look very much forward to seeing all of you in September!

Christian, Kristin and Liv Ingeborg

MOVE-seminar on legal and ethical dimensions in heritage research is postponed to September!

We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but due to the coronavirus crisis, we have decided to postpone our seminar at 21 April to September. We’ll come back with an exact date and more precise information. We hope that you are all well and healthy,

Kristin & Liv Ingeborg

Save the date! The annual MOVE-seminar, Tuesday 21 April 2020

Researching Archaeological and Heritage Artefacts: Legal and Ethical Dimensions

Venue: MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Auditorium 1

A substantial part of the materials that serves as sources of historical and humanities research are cultural artefacts—manuscripts, artworks, and archaeological objects—that have been moved from their original find sites. These artefacts may have been removed from archaeological sites, or from the communities that once produced and owned them. Many of these artefacts have crossed national borders, changed owners several times, served as commodities on the legal or illegal antiquities markets and ended up in collections—private or public—far away from their geographical and cultural place of origin. Where do our sources come from? How did they reach their current owners? Why does attention to provenance matter? How and why does the movement of archaeological and cultural heritage artefacts challenge researchers?

The 2020 annual MOVE-seminar will explore a spectrum of challenges related to researching relocated cultural artefacts. The seminar will map the international conventions and national laws that control export and import of archaeological and heritage artefacts and the professional policies that regulate research on them. Based on presentations by invited speakers and building on the research experience of MOVE-members, the seminar will engage the ethical and legal challenges of researching artefacts that move.

8:30 Welcome and coffee

9:00 Introduction

Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF) and Christian Bull (MF)

9:15 Keynote 1

Adam Lindhagen (Riksantikvaren/The Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway). “Illicit Trade in Cultural Artefacts—A Legal–Archaeological Perspective” (30 min)

Discussion (15 min)

10:00 Coffee and refreshments

10:20 Manuscripts–panel

Chair: Hugo Lundhaug (University of Oslo)

Årstein Justnes (University of Agder) “More Profound than Goat Lost and Found: The Provenance of the Dead Sea Scrolls” (10 min)

Brent Nongbri (MF) “Working with the Bodmer Collection: Results and Reservations” (10 min)

Liv Ingeborg Lied (MF) “Textual Scholarship, Ethics, and Someone Else’s Manuscripts” (10 min)

Discussion (40 min)

11:30 Lunch in the cantina/ MF CASR brown bag lunch seminar

13:00 Keynote 2

Rick Bonnie (University of Helsinki) “Capacity Building Processes and Policy Implementation on Unprovenanced Cultural Objects in Finland” (30 min)

Response: Matthew P. Monger (MF) (10 min)

Discussion (20 min)

14.00 Coffee

14:20 Archaeology–panel

Chair: Stefka Eriksen (Norsk institutt for kulturminneforskning)

Wally Cirafesi (MF) “Colonial Entanglements of Ottoman Palestine and the History of the Ustinov Collection” (10 min)

Nils H. Korsvoll (University of Agder) “Philology Today: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants or on Giant Feet of Clay?” (10 min)

Mary Jane Cuyler (MF and DeCHriM) “A Truly Unlucky Excavation: Studying and Publishing Ceramics from Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome” (10 min)

Discussion (40 min)

15:30 Roundtable Discussion (with coffee and refreshments)

Chairs: Christian Bull and Liv Ingeborg Lied

16:30 End of Workshop

The workshop is organized by MOVE Research Group at MF CASR. The workshop is funded by MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society and by the RCN-project The Lying Pen of Scribes: Manuscript Forgeries, Digital Imaging, and Critical Provenance Research.

Spring Seminar on Infrastructure, 11 February 2020

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to welcome all of you to the first MOVE seminar of the Spring 2020 semester, which takes place Tuesday 11 February, 12:00 15:00, at MF, room 412.

The topic of the upcoming seminar is infrastructure. Infrastructure is a key concept both in current and classic attempts at theorizing movement of ideas and artefacts, etc., and is thus an obvious MOVE priority. As always, the goal of MOVE seminars is to raise theoretical literacy in ways that is helpful to ongoing research projects among the members of the group. In the seminar we will explore how a focus on infrastructure can produce new vistas in studies of both historical and contemporary materials.

We have invited Professor Espen Ytreberg (Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo) to join us and to present the paper “Infrastructures in the study of media”:

The talk addresses the ways one might want to talk about media as being infrastructural – as a means of pointing towards their organising and disciplining functions; to highlight phenomena of distribution, scale, labour, and materiality. A cross-disciplinary development is sketched that has led researchers toward the infrastructural and (at least in part) away from content, semiotics and language. The talk highlights the ways we might want to talk about infrastructures as involving functional relationships between media and other technologies of production and transport. Also, the concept of infrastructure may help conceptualise forms and functions of movement. These latter points are illustrated using the case of media and other technological infrastructures in the 1914 Frogner Jubilee Exhibition.

A generous time slot is set aside for discussion and Q&A, as well as for putting together a reading comprehensive list.

Ytreberg recommends that we read the two following articles before the meeting:

Espen Ytreberg, “Networked Simultaneities in the Time of the Great Exhibitions: Media and the 1914 Oslo Centenary Jubilee Exhibition,” International Journal of Communication 10 (2016): 5284-5303.
• Please find the article uploaded on the password-protected area of the blog (for the password, we refer to the email sent to all members of MOVE)

Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski (eds) Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (The Geopolitics of Information). Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2015.
• Please read the editors’ introduction (and whatever else might be of interest to you)
• This edited volume is available online, for instance through Oria

Please note that we start with a light lunch at noon. Please remind us about food allergies and dietary restrictions.
We encourage all of you to join us, also, at the MF CASR brown bag seminar at 11:30, where MOVE member Ragnhild J. Zorgati (UiO,IKOS) will give a brief presentation of new findings from her her ongoing research on European Islam and contemporary literature.

We looking forward to seeing you all there!
Kristin and Liv Ingeborg

National Library Excursion, 12 November 2019

Photo: Liv Ingeborg Lied

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 the second autumn MOVE-meeting took place at the Map Center of the National Library. Center director Erling Sandmo introduced us to the collection and gave the talk “Maps and movements: representing a changing world.” We are very grateful to Erling for this wonderful opportunity to engage with early modern cartography, which many of us found helpful for our own research.

The readings for the meeting and the relevant literature mentioned during our session, is listed here.

National Library Excursion

12 November


Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo

Dear colleagues,

The second autumn 2019 MOVE-meeting is fast-approaching. Erling Sandmo has generously agreed to guide us through the collections of the newly opened “Kartsenteret” at the National Library. Have a look at the wonderful, new center here:

In line with the general focus of MOVE, Sandmo will talk with us about “Maps and movements: representing a changing world.” In preparation of the meeting and to enable discussion, Sandmo challenges us to reflect on the following three questions: What is the world – in your material and in your research? How is space made present in the material you work with? How is movement across space represented, and how are barriers, connectivities and infrastructures imagined?

Sandmo also recommends that we read the two attached articles before the meeting:

  • Greg Anderson, “Retrieving the Lost Worlds of the Past: The Case for an Ontological Turn,” American Historical Review (2015): 786-81.
  • Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias,” Architecture/Mouvement/Continuité (1984/1967): [1-9].

We meet Tuesday 12 November, at 8:20 am at the stairs in front of the National Library (Henrik Ibsens gate 110/Solli plass). The tour/presentation starts at 8:30 sharp. Lunch will be served in the cantina at 11:00.  The formal program ends at 11:30.

Please let us know at your first convenience, and no later than Thursday 1 November, whether you will join us or not. We need the information to order lunch.

We look very much forward to seeing you there!

Fall Reading Seminar

17 September 2019


MF room 412

Literary figures and metaphors traveling across time and place: tracing (and challenging) a theoretical thread that starts with E.R. Curtius’ classic work on the tradition of European literature. Brief introduction by Kristin B.Aavitsland, comments by Matthew Monger, and Per Kristian Hovden Sætre. Plenary discussion.

You can find the related reading under the Literature tab.

Lunch to follow. Please inform us about any dietary restrictions.