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.
‘Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network’ free for a limited time
Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis‘ latest article is available, free to access for a limited period, via the British Journal of Criminology website here. This and other work by the Trafficking Culture Project has recently been featured on the National Geographic website.
Neil Brodie to give the evening lecture in Berlin’s international conference ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade’
19 Nov 2014
Neil Brodie will be giving the evening lecture at the international conference ‘Cultural...
Trafficking Cultural Objects: special issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
18 Nov 2014
We are pleased to announce the publication of a Special Issue of the European Journal on Criminal...
Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates at American Society of Crimiology Meeting, San Francisco
18 Nov 2014
Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates will be in San Francisco this week to present at the American...
Movement of Cultural Objects In and Through Finland: An Analysis in a Regional Context
Mention of Finland, like many other northern European countries, is largely absent from...
Polaroids from the Medici Dossier: continued sightings on the market
The series of returned antiquities to Italy have been a reminder of the role of Giacomo Medici in...
Do Not Come Back
In memory of Professor Yiannis Sakellarakis.