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Conference: Human Remains. Ethics, Conservation, Display

30 September 2019 h 8:00 - 1 October 2019 h 17:00

Conference: Human Remains. Ethics, Conservation, Display

On 30 September and 1 October 2019 the Museo Egizio will organize the conference “Human Remains. Ethics, Conservation, Display”.

This event is a follow-up of like-themed conference organised in Pompeii and Naples in May 2019, at which many questions were raised regarding the study, conservation and display of human remains (http://www.humanremains.org).

Like the previous event, the Turin conference intends to address these issues, but with a particular focus on mummies, given the nature of the Egyptian Museum's collection.

In full awareness of the fact that there is no single answer to the question about the acceptability or otherwise of the display of human remains, and that a variety of exhibition strategies have been adopted by different institutions on the international scene, these study days are intended to give voice to the broad range of approaches to such a delicate issue.

An openness to disciplines outside Egyptology is an indispensable prerequisite for the debate about the display of human remains. Hence the desire to involve physical and cultural anthropologists, biologists, restorers, sociologists, museum curators and operators, forensic doctors and paleopathologists.

The conference will be divided into three sections:

- The living and the dead.
- Preserving the body, preserving the mummy.
- Museums and exhibitions: case studies.

Ethical issues and points for discussion. At the end of the conference, the most pressing issues and the main points for reflection that will have emerged during the past two days will be reviewed and discussed among all participants.

To view the full program, please click here.

The scientific and organizational committee consists of:
Massimo Osanna, Università Federico II, Naples
Christian Greco, Museo Egizio, Turin
Valeria Amoretti, Parco Archeologico di Pompei, Pompeii
Caterina Ciccopiedi Museo Egizio, Turin
Paolo Del Vesco, Museo Egizio, Turin
Federica Facchetti. Museo Egizio, Turin
Susanne Töpfer, Museo Egizio, Turin