Trafficking Culture

Trafficking Culture aims to produce an evidence-based picture of the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects. This research programme is based at the University of Glasgow and is funded by the European Research Council.

On this website, you can keep up to date with the research as it progresses. The Projects page outlines the research activities which make up the overall research programme, and links to summaries of work to be undertaken in each research strand.

The Encyclopedia is a constantly evolving resource which presents introductory materials on the research topic. We encourage you to start here if you are looking for a short case study of a famously looted artefact, a critical analysis of a relevant law, a selection of methodological orientations for conducting research on the topic, or a brief introduction to criminological or social theory which may help us understand and engage with the issues. The Publications tab will take you to our research output past and present.

We very much welcome communication from researchers and others interested in the topic. Please see our Contact page.

Online courses: Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

We are pleased to announce that we are developing both a free online course and an online masters-level suite of courses in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow. The free course starts in Feb 2016; enroll here. The masters-level postgraduate certification courses begin in Sep 2016; more information can be found on this page or by contacting Donna Yates.