Screening of ‘Dance of the Maize God’ at Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, 3 Dec

17 Nov 2015

06_LiftingVase The Hunterian Museum and the Trafficking Culture Project will be screening the film Dance of the Maize God by Night Fire Films. Dance of the Maize God explores the destruction to Maya archaeological sites at the hands of looters searching for beautiful, valuable pottery. Donna Yates and Simon Mackenzie will also be there to discuss antiquities trafficking and the Maya region and answer questions...

Donna Yates speaking at Yale University, 24 Nov

17 Nov 2015

Death Toll Rises Following Powerful Earthquake In Nepal As part of the Dialogues in Heritage Science series, Donna Yates will be speaking at Yale University’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. Her talk is entitled: Tracking Stolen Gods: Using criminological tools to prevent antiquities trafficking. The lecture will be at the Sterling Memorial Library, Memorabilia Lecture Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut at 3pm on...

Trafficking Culture presenting at American Society of Criminology, DC 18–21 Nov

11 Nov 2015

ASC DC Roundtable and session on criminology and antiquities trafficking.

Trafficking Culture speaking at University of Chicago, 16 Nov.

06 Nov 2015

University of Chicago “Toward a Framework for Critical Engagement with Crime Control Policy in Trafficking Cultural Objects” will be presented by Simon Mackenzie, Neil Brodie, and Donna Yates. This public talk, hosted by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society is associated with the project The Past for Sale: New Approaches to the Study of Archaeological Looting The talk will be from 12:00 until...

Trafficking Culture Speaking at DePaul University, Chicago, 16 Nov.

06 Nov 2015

Chicago_banner_2011 Simon Mackenzie, Neil Brodie, and Donna Yates will be speaking at the DePaul University Arts Law Colloquium, hosted by the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law and the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology. Their talk, entitled Organized and White-Collar Crime in Trafficking Networks, will explore the illicit market in cultural objects from end to end:...

Christos Tsirogiannis speaking at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow 10 Nov

05 Nov 2015

sto-orvieto-tis-italias-thumb-large As part of the Trafficking Culture exhibition at the Hunterian Museum, Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis will be giving a lunchtime “Insight Talk” at 1pm. All are welcome to attend. Christos will discuss the exhibition, the illicit trade in antiquities, and in particular his work identifying looted antiquities for sale in the international market. In addition, Christos will be giving a longer...

Neil Brodie and Donna Yates attend UK Govt Summit for the Protection of Cultural Heritage

30 Oct 2015

BLOG-TD-Securities-at-Lancaster-House-126 Along with other “leading archaeological and political figures”, Drs. Brodie and Yates were invited to Lancaster House in London for discussion hosted by the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport as well as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. On the agenda was the formation of a new cultural property protection fund administered by the UK Government. Dr. Brodie made the...

Brodie and Mackenzie Speaking at Conference of Experts on the Return of Cultural Property, Turkey

19 Oct 2015

orpheus Nevşehir, Turkey from 18 to 22 October.

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Donna Yates giving a free public lecture for the Glasgow Explorathon: 25 Sep

18 Sep 2015

kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum-1536 Held at the Kelvingrove Museum, Donna’s lecture is part of the Explorathon‘s Museums Unlocked event.

Trafficking Culture Society Student Seminar Series (streaming live)

17 Sep 2015

Autumn 2015 TC Society Seminars The Trafficking Culture Society is pleased to announce it’s Fall 2015 seminar series, which will explore how students and researchers from art history, museum studies, archaeology, criminology, and law, both at Glasgow and within the wider world, are affected by issues of looting, trafficking, collection, and exhibition of illicit cultural and art objects. How do these issues affect you and...

Trafficking Culture presenting at the EAA Conference (Glasgow, 3 Sept)

02 Sep 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 14.46.45 The members of the Trafficking Culture project will be presenting a number of papers at the European Association of Archaeologists Meeting in Glasgow on 3 Sept.

Postrgrads presenting at the Histories of Archaeology Research Network Conference, 1 Sept

28 Aug 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 12.22.25 Annemiek Rhebergen, Emily Bushhold, and Matiana Gallegos will be presenting their research at Histories of Archaeology Research Network (HARN) conference in Glasgow on 1 September. Annemiek’s paper is entitled: “And they never came back” – Historical practices and current local views on archaeological work in Northwest Argentina Emily and Matiana, both current criminology...

Donna Yates giving a public lecture in Kathmandu on 14 July

11 Jul 2015

2015.07.10 Nepal Kathmadu 80 Kathesimbhu Stupa The event, hosted by Kathmandu Metropolitan City and ImPACT! Productions, will take place at the Nepal Tourism board at 10:30 until noon. The talk is entitled: Stolen Gods: Criminological Approaches to the Illicit Trade in Antiquities from the Trafficking Culture Project Donna will present an overview of international illicit trade in antiquities from source to market. Using case studies from...

Jessica Dietzler an invited discussant at Royal United Services Institute Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies

08 Jul 2015

RUSI Jessica Dietzler was invited by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies to participate as a roundtable discussant in ‘Fighting Terrorist financing: the threat from Cultural Destruction and ISIS’. Discussion focussed on the need for new security strategies and international action to prevent extremism and its funding through the...

Donna Yates in Nepal next week to observe heritage security

06 Jul 2015

2014-12-09-kathmandu-93-kathesimbhu-stupa-idols-resizeby-donna-yates-cc-by-nc-sa Project researcher Donna Yates will be in Kathmandu from 9 until 19 July to observe heritage site security measures following the country’s April earthquake.Yates will be learning from stakeholders, officials, and NGOs about their work on heritage protection. This is part of her greater focus on the theft, trafficking, and sale of Sacred Art. Donna welcomes contact from anyone in Nepal who...

Trafficking Culture speaking at ARCA Art Crime Conference in Amelia, Italy

25 Jun 2015

2015.06.25 Amelia Italy ARCA 5 copy Members of the Trafficking Culture Team will be attending The Association for Research into Crimes against Art  (ARCA) Interdisciplinary Art Crime Conference from 27 until 29 June in Amelia Italy. Their presentations are titled: “Perspectives on Crime and Crime Control Policy from the Trafficking Culture Project” Neil Brodie, Simon Mackenzie, and Donna Yates “Discovering and...

Trafficking Culture presenting at Art & Law Conference, Cambridge, 22–23 June

19 Jun 2015

8030548076_36a94a403c_b Neil Brodie, Donna Yates, and Emiline Smith will be presenting at the Art & Law: Art in Peril Interdisciplinary Conference being held at Pembroke College, Cambridge, on 22 and 23 June. They will be speaking in the “Lines that Divide” session. Emiline’s paper is entitled Cross-Border Cultural Property Crime in Hong Kong. Neil and Donna’s paper is entitled Cultural...

Trafficking Culture attending SAA San Francisco 15-19 April

13 Apr 2015

SAA Neil Brodie and Donna Yates will be attending the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in San Francisco from 15 until 19 April. We will be chairing a multidisciplinary session from 8am to 10:15am on Saturday, 18 April in room “Golden Gate 4″. All conference attendees are invited and we look forward to an interesting discussion. Investigating the trafficking of...

Tracking Illicit Antiquities: new website section with seized photos and stories

10 Apr 2015

The Sculture in Robin Symes' gallery (from the Symes archive) Trafficking Culture is pleased to announce a new section of our website. Tracking Illicit Antiquities will present brief case studies of the identification and return of illicit cultural objects identified in the seized photographic archives of convicted antiquities smugglers and dealers. Stemming from the work of our research Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, this evidence is offered here to assist...