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Mackenzie giving a public lecture on white-collar and organised crime and antiquities trafficking at WLU, Toronto, 6 November.

26 Sep 2017

simon-mackenzie-police Prof. Mackenzie’s talk is entitled Policing white-collar crime and organised crime in international markets in trafficked cultural objects. The public lecture will be held on Monday 6 November from 7 to 8:30pm. More information is available from the Criminology Department at Wilfred Laurier University. An abstract for the talk is below: This talk will consider the challenges of policing...

“Meet the Archaeologist Who Helps Find Stolen Art”, Tsirogiannis profiled on History.com

31 Aug 2017

christos-tsirogiannis-square Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis’ work has been featured on The History Channel’s website: In August 2004, Christos Tsirogiannis got a message that would change his life. Would he be interested in accompanying the Athens police on a raid? It might not seem like a job for an archaeologist, but police told him they might need his expertise once they got there. He agreed, got in an unmarked...

Yates presenting at “Art, Crime & Criminals” workshop, Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin, 7–8 Sep

31 Aug 2017

Donna PuertaDeLaLuna Organised by Professor Duncan Chappell, Dr Saskia Hufnagel, and Ms Marissa Marjos, this is the third of three AHRC-funded Art Crime focused workshops, the first two of which were in London and were great. This workshop specifically focuses on the looting, plunder, and destruction of heritage. Yates will be be providing a regional case study: trafficking of antiquities in and out of Latin...

Brodie keynote speaker at Archives and Records Association Conference, Manchester, 1 Sep

31 Aug 2017

neil-brodie-square The theme of this year’s ARA conference is ‘Challenge the Past, Set the Agenda’. Dr Brodie’s keynote, held on 1 Sept from 9:30 to 10:20 am, is entitled: “Scholarly Engagement with Unprovenanced Ancient Manuscripts”: There is increasing concern in the UK and Republic of Ireland about the risk of theft, destruction or illicit disposal of cultural heritage, though...

Dr Tsirogiannis’ research instrumental in seizure of looted Greek vase from Met Museum

01 Aug 2017

met-krater-python Full story featured in The New York Times...

Yates on PRI’s “The World” to talk about Hobby Lobby antiquities case

07 Jul 2017

cuneiform-tablet-museum-of-the-bible Donna spoke about the “red flags” that were ignored by the purchaser of thousands of Iraqi artefacts. Both the audio of the interview and a written version can be found here: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-06/hobby-lobby-ignored-red-flags-about-stolen-iraqi-artifacts...

Yates to present Nepal research at workshop on ‘Disadvantage’, Glasgow 6-7 Jul

05 Jul 2017

MOOC Shiva FL-Security-Grill-Kathmandu-by-Donna-Yates Donna’s presentation is titled “Sacred Security: Threat, Vulnerability, and the Protection of Sacred Art in Nepal”, and is based on a soon-to-be published paper co-authored with Simon Mackenzie. The workshop is free to attend, with registration available via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-on-disadvantage-tickets-35343002873 More information about the workshop: 6th...

Mackenzie and Yates speak at organized crime conference in Hong Kong, 22-24 Jun

03 Jun 2017

1-title139434709 Organized Crime along “One Belt – One Road” was hosted by the City University of Hong Kong.

Brodie to deliver keynote at Working with Cultural Objects and Manuscripts Symposium, Helsinki, 6 June

03 Jun 2017

university_of_helsinki-svg The symposium and WCOM project is funded by the University of Helsinki Future Fund.

Dr Christos Tsirogiannis featured in National Geographic

02 May 2017

sto-orvieto-tis-italias-thumb-large “Museum-Goers Beware: That Ancient Artifact May Be Stolen”

“Quest for the Lost City” featuring Neil Brodie available for free viewing

02 May 2017

Brodie La Corona Join our Neil Brodie as he explores the Maya site of La Corona, Guatemala, a heavily looted ancient city which may be the mysterious Site Q. 

Dr Brodie speaking on Trafficking of Syrian Cultural Objects, Brown Uni, 4 April

04 Apr 2017

Joukowsky Neil Brodie will be in Providence, Rhode Island, today to speak at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology at Brown University. His talk is entitled: The Theft and Trafficking of Cultural Objects from Syria, and it is part of a year-long lecture series called “Combating Crisis: New Responses to Cultural Heritage Preservation in the Middle East” sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute...

Prof Mackenzie giving public lecture at National Library of NZ, Wellington 6 April

24 Mar 2017

Simon Mackenzie Simon will be giving a talk titled “Cultural Capitalism and Cross-Border Crime: International Trafficking in Cultural Objects”

“The Precoumbian Antiquities Market”: Yates chair and discussant for conference session in Vancouver, 1 Apr

06 Mar 2017

Donna-v-Maya This session at the 82nd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology meeting.

Tsirogiannis speaking at Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm for ‘CULTURE AT RISK’ Symposium, 31 Mar

06 Mar 2017

medelhavsmuseet_002_w-736x460 His talk is entitled “The Global trafficking in Looted Cultural Objects and he will be joined by a collection of experts in this field. Although the symposium, hosted by The National Museums of World Culture, Sweden and the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, is free and open to all, attendants must register before 23 March. For more information about the symposium and to register,...

Brodie delivering keynote for conference at Washington and Lee University, Virginia, 3 Mar

18 Feb 2017

screen-shot-2017-02-18-at-14-07-32 The Conference on the Ethics of Acquiring Cultural Heritage Objects is hosted by the Mudd Centre for Ethics.

Christos Tsirogiannis’ looted artefact identification work featured on the Manhattan DA’s office site

18 Feb 2017

Manhattan DA sarcophagus Thanks to Dr Tsirogiannis’ work, a trafficked sarcophagus fragment is returning to Greece.

Yates to speak about sacred art security in Nepal, University of Cambridge, 15 Feb

12 Feb 2017

2015.07.10 Nepal Kathmadu 80 Kathesimbhu Stupa As part of the Cambridge History of Art Research Seminar series.

Training in Beirut on law enforcement and illegal trade of cultural objects

10 Jan 2017

biladi-poster Neil Brodie will be spending January and February working with Lebanese NGO Biladi to offer a training course on international law and law enforcement as regards the theft and illegal trade of cultural objects. The primary aim of the course is to improve understanding among Lebanese and Syrian culture heritage professionals about the evidential and procedural requirements of European and North...

Call for papers: “Crimes against Culture: Theft, Destruction, Security, and Protection of Heritage”, ICJR Special Issue

17 Nov 2016

home_cover Donna Yates is guest editing a special issue of the International Criminal Justice Review focused on the intersections of criminology and the security and protection of heritage. Submissions must be received before 31 August 2017. Feel free to contact Dr Yates with questions, ideas, and abstracts. The call for papers flier is available...