Speakers

Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Jared Baxter
    Jared Baxter
    Independent Researcher, United States
  • Georges Depeyrot
    Georges Depeyrot
    French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • Tim Gore
    Tim Gore
    University of London Institute in Paris, France
  • Guido Gryseels
    Guido Gryseels
    Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium
  • Judith Lehmann
    Judith Lehmann
    Helmholtz Centre Hereon, Germany
  • Anne Liskenne
    Anne Liskenne
    La Grande Chancellerie de la Légion d’Honneur, France
  • Marie Mawad
    Marie Mawad
    Sciences Po, France
  • Harald A. Mieg
    Harald A. Mieg
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
  • Josette Rivallain
    Josette Rivallain
    Société française d’histoire des outre-mers (SFHOM), France

Jared Baxter
Independent Researcher, United States

Biography

Jared Baxter is an independent researcher living in Washougal, Washington, USA. Over the last six years, his research has focused on Vincent van Gogh, in particular, how Vincent's enduring embrace of Christianity manifested itself in his later life and artwork. His research has been published in the January, 2014 Art History Supplement, and the July, 2014 Anistoriton Journal of History, Archaeology and Art History. Numerous mainstream outlets have also commented on his work including The Huffington Post, ArtNet News, The Siouxland Observer, and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown.

Mr Baxter has participated in several previous IAFOR conferences, including as a Featured Speaker at the 2015 & 2021 Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH) and as the Keynote Speaker at the 2019 European Conference on Arts & Humanities (ECAH). He has accepted invitations to other academic conferences, including the 2015 Dutch Association of Aesthetics and the 2016 International Conference on The Arts in Society. He is currently filming a documentary, learn more at www.jaredbaxter.com.

Featured Presentation (2022): Vincent van Gogh and the Allegory of the Road
Georges Depeyrot
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

Biography

Georges Depeyrot is a monetary historian at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. He began his scientific career in the 1970s studying coin finds and joined the CNRS in 1982. After some years he joined the Center for Historical Research in the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and is now a professor at the École Normale Supérieure. After his habilitation (1992), he specialised in international cooperative programs that aim to reconsider monetary history in a global approach. He has directed many cooperative programs linking several European countries, including those situated at the continent’s outer borders (Georgia, Armenia, Russia, and Morocco). Professor Depeyrot is the author or co-author of more than one hundred volumes, and is the founding director of the Moneta publishing house, the most important collection of books on the topic of money. Professor Depeyrot is a member of the board of trustees of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique.

Tim Gore
University of London Institute in Paris, France

Biography

Tim Gore is Chief Executive Officer of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). He has held senior leadership positions in career postings in France, UK, India, Jordan, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong with experience in higher education; cultural relations; diplomacy and commercial enterprise. He has worked closely with a range of government organisations in the countries he has served in receiving the OBE for his work in India-UK bilateral relations while he was leading the British Council’s education work in India. ULIP has been a part of Franco-British academic relations since the end of the 19th century and is in a unique position as a research-led British campus in France offering a range of UK degree programmes. Tim recently co-authored The Evolution of Transnational Education with Routledge publishers.

Guido Gryseels
Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), Belgium

Biography

Guido Gryseels has been Director General of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) since 2001. The RMCA is a federal scientific institute. It conducts research both in human and natural sciences, has a major program in development cooperation in 12 African countries and is active in information dissemination and projects to promote world citizenship. The AfricaMuseum has colonial origins but has been subject to a major renovation in 2018. In recent years, the AfricaMuseum has been in the middle of controversies surrounding the colonial past of Belgium and restitution issues.

Previously, Guido Gryseels was service chief on International Agricultural Research at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Between 1979 and 1987, he was a scientist and assistant to the Director General at the International Livestock Centre for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, and has graduate degrees from the Universities of Leuven, Belgium, and New England, Australia. Guido Gryseels has been chair of the European Ethnology Museums Directors Group. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Belgian Development Cooperation Agency Enabel and is chair of the Program Committee of Food and Business Research at the Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | Restitution of African Cultural Heritage and Its Challenges
Panel Presentation (2022) | Whose Heritage? Reconsidering the Museum as a Global Commons
Judith Lehmann
Helmholtz Centre Hereon, Germany

Biography

Judith Lehmann taught literature, cultural studies and philosophy of science, steered cross-faculty projects at various universities, directed the editorial department of a Swiss publishing house, and the Argentinian office of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Currently she heads the international scholarship division at Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin.

Panel Presentation (2022) | Undergraduate Research: Nurturing the Next Generation
Anne Liskenne
La Grande Chancellerie de la Légion d’Honneur, France

Biography

Anne Liskenne has been the archivist of La Grande Chancellerie de la Légion d’Honneur since 2019. For almost ten years previously, she was the Head of Looted Art Archives at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. She made it possible for the public to get access to and make the most of the Finding Aids on the Internet fund. She has also participated in many work groups in France and Germany: the “Musées nationaux récupération” (2013-2015) within the French Ministry of Culture; the international Task Force “Schwabinger Kunstfund” created by Germany in 2013 to investigate on the origin of Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection; the reissue of Rose Valland’s book Front de l’art in 2014, which has been an essential work to help comprehend the Nazi plunder under the Occupation; and finally the publication of Hermann Goering’s collection catalog in 2015.

Keynote Presentation (2022) | From Nazi Spoliations to Ongoing Restitutions in the 21st Century, an Official French Cultural Point of View
Panel Presentation (2022) | Whose Heritage? Reconsidering the Museum as a Global Commons
Marie Mawad
Sciences Po, France

Biography

After graduating from HEC Montreal, La Sorbonne and the University Dauphine with degrees in finance and economics, Marie Mawad became a journalist. She has worked for almost 15 years in French and international media, including at Bloomberg and Reuters. Since 2019, she has devoted herself to the deployment of the Financial Times' new digital media, Sifted, as a journalist and strategy advisor. With dual French and Canadian nationality, she has taught at Sciences Po's School of Journalism since 2017.

Marie Mawad is specialised in the study of technological breakthroughs and in anticipating their economic, political and social impacts. The systemic analysis of innovation is one of her favourite topics and she regularly takes part in international conferences on the subject as well as juries of startup competitions.

Harald A. Mieg
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Biography

Harald A. Mieg is (honorary) professor of Metropolitan Studies and Innovation at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and also affiliated to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. The focus of his research is on planning processes in cities, research methodologies, and inquiry-based learning. Main book publications: "The Social Psychology of Expertise" (2001) and "The Cambridge Handbook of Undergraduate Research" (2022).

Panel Presentation (2022) | Undergraduate Research: Nurturing the Next Generation
Josette Rivallain
Société française d’histoire des outre-mers (SFHOM), France

Biography

Josette Rivallain is currently a lecturer at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, and a historian and archaeologist specialising in ethnoarchaeology. She also collaborates with a number of French museums in the archiving of collections of African ethnology, and the associated publications.

Dr Rivallain's research is on the comparative study of pre-monetary phenomena in European protohistory, and African ethnoarchaeology, and she holds a doctorate in history. Her thesis was titled "A Comparative Study of Pre-monetary Phenomena in European Protohistory and in African Ethnology".

Dr Rivallain taught at three different African universities from 1971 to 1984, and is currently involved with several scientific programs in Africa, including surveys of coastal sites in Benin and the Ivory Coast, and on the crafts of Benin, notably pottery, calabash, and basketry.