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

18 Sep 2015

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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...

Emiline Smith speaking at University of Hong Kong, 24 March

17 Mar 2015

JCIT_HKPU_IB_15 Emiline Smith will present ‘Cross-Border Cultural Property Trade in Hong Kong’

Brodie to deliver keynote at public conference on ‘Archaeological Looting’ in Chicago

22 Feb 2015

1024px-University_of_Chicago_Modern_Etched_Seal_1.svg Neil Brodie will be delivering the keynote lecture at a conference entitled Archaeological Looting: Realities and Possibilities for New Policy Approaches to be held at the University of Chicago. Dr. Brodie will be speaking on Cultural Property Protection Policy Failure in Syria. The conference will be held on Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 at the Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100...

‘Syrian Heritage in Crisis’ with Neil Brodie; 16 Jan. British Academy, London.

13 Jan 2015

Syria2a Neil Brodie will be speaking alongside a panel of experts on the antiquities trafficking and protection situation in Syria in an free and public event put on by the Council for British Research in the Levant. The event is free but attendees must register here: Time: Friday, 16 January 2015 from 13:30 to 17:00...

Neil Brodie presenting at the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida, on 9 January.

06 Jan 2015

Neil Brodie Neil Brodie will be presenting at the international conference ‘Unmasking Ideology: the Vocabulary and Symbols of Colonial Archaeology’. The paper will be entitled ‘Cultural Internationalism or Cultural Colonialism? The Case of the Benin Bronzes and Ivories’ and will be given at the Harn Museum of Art Classroom at 14:00. The conference will take place from 8 until 11 January 2015.

More antiquities withdrawn after identification in Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions in New York

19 Dec 2014

Christos Tsirogiannis Following the identification and withdrawal of the rare Sardinian idol in Christie’s, Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Research Assistant in Trafficking Culture, identified from convicted dealers’ photographic archives three more antiquities in Christie’s and one in Sotheby’s due to be auctioned in New York. In Christie’s, an Egyptian alabaster figural jug (lot 51), estimated at $150,000...

Christos Tsirogiannis identifies rare Sardinian idol and Christie’s pull it from New York auction

28 Nov 2014

Christos Tsirogiannis Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis, Research Assistant in Trafficking Culture, on Friday 21 November identified in the photograph archive of a dealer in illicit antiquities a rare marble Sardinian idol, due to be auctioned by Christie’s as lot 85 in their antiquities auction in New York on 11 December. The idol was the most expensive object in the auction, estimated at $800,000-1,200,000 and is part...

Neil Brodie to give the evening lecture in Berlin’s international conference ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade’

19 Nov 2014

Neilbrodie1-190x179 (1) Neil Brodie will be giving the evening lecture at the international conference ‘Cultural Heritage in Danger: Illicit excavations and trade‘. The lecture will be entitled “Transnational Organised Crime and the Antiquities Trade” and will be given in the Rotunda of the Altes Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The conference will take place in Berlin, on 11 and 12 December...

Trafficking Cultural Objects: special issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

18 Nov 2014

cda_displayimage We are pleased to announce the publication of a Special Issue of the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research edited by Simon Mackenzie and Neil Brodie: EJCPR: Special Issue on Trafficking Cultural Objects Volume 20, Issue 4, December 2014 Trafficking Cultural Objects: Introduction By Neil Brodie and Simon Mackenzie Provenance and Price: Autoregulation of the Antiquities Market? By Neil...

Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates at American Society of Crimiology Meeting, San Francisco

18 Nov 2014

san-franc Simon Mackenzie and Donna Yates will be in San Francisco this week to present at the American Society of Criminology meeting. On Thursday 20 Nov, Simon and Donna will present papers in a session entitled “Art and Antiquities Trafficking“. Simon’s paper, written with Tess Davis and Blythe Bowman, is called “The Global Illicit Antiquities Trade as Economic Crime”.