Call for Papers: transfer – Journal for Provenance Research and the History of Collection 2 (2023)

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Call for Papers
May 1, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, African History / Studies, Law and Legal History

Call for Papers:


transfer – Journal for Provenance Research and the History of Collection 2 (2023)


The online journal transfer is an academic publication platform in the area of provenance research and the history of collection as well as adjacent fields of investigation, like art market studies, reception history, cultural sociology, or legal history. Annual issues will be published exclusively online in Open Access (diamond). Research articles, to be submitted in English or German, are subject to a double-blind peer-review process. Other submissions will undergo an internal evaluation by the editors supported by the advisory board. All articles receive professional copy-editing. The journal is based at the Research Centre for Provenance Research, Art and Cultural Property Law at the University of Bonn and receives funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Webhosting is provided by the University Library Heidelberg.



Editors: Ulrike Saß & Christoph Zuschlag

Journal Management: Florian Schönfuß

Advisory Board: Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V., dbv-Kommission Provenienzforschung und Provenienzerschließung, Uwe Fleckner, Larissa Förster, Gilbert Lupfer, Antoinette Maget-Dominicé, Gesa Vietzen


Open Call for Submissions


transfer conceives of itself as a transdisciplinary, cross-epoch and international journal. It primarily addresses a scholarly audience. Besides experienced researchers, transfer equally aims at early career researchers, including PhD students, offering broad impact and high accessibility for the publication of recent research. Abstaining from APCs or any other publication fees, transfer provides a genuine open access platform assuring research quality as well as transparency, fostering research interconnection and the crossing of disciplinary and institutional boundaries. Authors are invited to submit papers on the following topics of interest:


-  Translocation of art and cultural assets

- Art and cultural property law

- Culture of remembrance, Cultural identity, Collective memory

- Collections, History of collection

- Art trade, Art market studies

- Art policy

- Sociology of art, Cultural sociology

- Restitution, Return, Repatriation

- Provenance research on individual objects or object groups

- Archival holdings, Primary sources


Further information regarding submissions, style sheet, editorial guidelines, license agreement, peer-review guidelines etc. can be found on our forthcoming website ( or may be requested under


The submission deadline for the second annual issue ends on May 1st 2023.


Contact Info: 

Dr. Florian Schönfuß

transfer – Journal for Provenance Research and the History of Collection

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Forschungsstelle Provenienzforschung, Kunst-

und Kulturgutschutzrecht

Kunsthistorisches Institut

Regina-Pacis-Weg 1

53113 Bonn (Germany)