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. For general communication please get in touch with us using the form on the Contact page, or if you want to contact a particular member of the team you’ll find individual email addresses listed on our People pages.
The Trafficking Culture project is always interested in hearing from potential students for our PhD and Research Masters programmes. There are a number of funding bodies that may provide support for students wishing to explore topics related to our project. If you are interested in studying with us, please forward a brief synopsis of your proposed research (not more than three pages) plus a CV to the Trafficking Culture post-graduate coordinator.
Vacancy at Trafficking Culture
19 Feb 2014
Are you interested in joining a dynamic, international, interdisciplinary research...
Simon Mackenzie in international media
17 Feb 2014
Trafficking Culture’s Simon Mackenzie has recently published a couple of articles on the...
Networked seminar for the University of the Highlands and Islands
24 Jan 2014
On Friday 7th February, Suzie Thomas is presenting a networked seminar as part of the University of...
Stolen Cultural Property: Implications of Vitium Reale in Private Law and Private International Law
Legal systems tend to reflect a preference between mobilia non habent sequelam (moveables cannot...
Brian Hope-Taylor, the Council for British Archaeology, and "The Need for Adequate Archaeological Propaganda"
Brian Hope-Taylor (1923–2001) is remembered as one of the first archaeologists in the United...
Church Theft, Insecurity, and Community Justice: The Reality of Source-End Regulation of the Market for Illicit Bolivian Cultural Objects
In 2012 two men were lynched in Bolivia, first because there is an illicit market for Bolivian...