Tess Davis to speak at the American Chamber of Commerce, Cambodia
28 Jul 2014
Project affiliate Tess Davis will be giving a talk entitled “Looted Cambodian Antiquities: The Case of the Duryodhana Statue and Sotheby’s” on 7 August 2014 at the American Chamber of Commerce in Phenom Penh. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Donna Yates in Belize to study trafficking of Maya artefacts
16 Jul 2014
Donna Yates will be in Belize until 29 July conducting preliminary research on the looting and trafficking of Maya antiquities. We hope this will be the start of a fruitful partnership with Belize on this topic. Today she leaves Belmopan for the San Ignacio area and plans to spend much of next week in the northern part of the country near Orange Walk Town and along the Mexican border. You can...
2014 Award for Excellence in Art Crime Scholarship
12 Jul 2014
At the end of June, Simon Mackenzie attended the annual conference held by ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, in Amelia, Italy, to receive the 2014 Eleanor and Anthony Vallombroso Award for Excellence in Art Crime Scholarship. In accepting the award, Simon thanked the rest of the Trafficking Culture team for their invaluable work towards making the project a success. The...
Donna Yates contributes to the Day of Archaeology with “Lost cities and looted tombs”
11 Jul 2014
In a post for the 2014 Day of Archaeology titled “Lost cities and looted tombs: Studying artifact smuggling in Belize” Donna discusses conducting fieldwork on antiquities trafficking in Central America. According to their website, “The Day of Archaeology project aims to provide a window into the daily lives of archaeologists from all over the world. The project asks people...
Neil Brodie at ICOM meeting in Paris on the International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods
30 Jun 2014
Neil Brodie will be in Paris on 3 and 4 July at a meeting hosted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to discuss its major new initiative International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods (http://obs-traffic.museum/) aimed at monitoring the traffic and promoting appropriate normative standards.
Trafficking Culture at ARCA’s 6th annual conference in Amelia, Italy
26 Jun 2014
The Association for Research into Crimes against Art based in Amelia, Italy is hosting its 6th annual interdisciplinary Art Crime conference on 28 and 29 June 2014. The full programme is here. Christos Tsirogiannis will be chairing Panel 2, which is entitled ‘The Many Faces of the Illegal Heritage Trade’.
Temple Looting in Cambodia by Mackenzie and Davis free to access for a limited period
17 Jun 2014
Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis‘ latest article is available, free to access for a limited period, via the British Journal of Criminology website. Temple Looting in Cambodia: Anatomy of a Statue Trafficking Network Abstract: Qualitative empirical studies of the illicit antiquities trade have tended to focus either on the supply end, through interviews with looters, or on the demand...
Trafficking Culture featured on National Geographic site
17 Jun 2014
We are excited to have been profiled in the article: New Evidence Ties Illegal Antiquities Trade to Terrorism, Violent Crime Trafficking culture would like to thank reporter Heather Pringle for her hard work on this piece.
Christos Tsirogiannis presenting at conference on Heritage Ethics, University of Kent
16 Jun 2014
The University of Kent is hosting a conference entitled: ‘New Approaches to Heritage Ethics: Interdisciplinary conversations on Heritage, Crime, Conflicts and Rights’ on 23 and 24 of June. The full programme is attached. Christos Tsirogiannis will present a paper titled ‘Looted, smuggled and stolen antiquities identified in auction houses: what have we learned in the last eight...
Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis in video on Boston University website
16 Jun 2014
Professor Simon Mackenzie and Tess Davis, an Affiliate Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow featured in a video on Boston University website. The video presents Tess’s account of her career in researching illicit traffic of antiquities from Cambodia. http://www.bu.edu/today/2014/returning-duryodhana/
Media coverage of Tess Davis’ work with the Trafficking Culture Project
16 Jun 2014
Tess Davis, an Affiliate Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow, has been featured in several media outlets for her expertise in illicit antiquities from SE Asia, her views on what should be done to protect Egypt’s cultural heritage and the latest developments in US legislation surrounding cultural property: Theft of Buddha relics...
New member of staff
10 Jun 2014
Welcome to Dr Christos Tsirogiannis who has joined the Trafficking Culture project as Research Assistant on May 26th.
Trafficking Culture attending All Art and Cultural Heritage Law conference, Geneva
10 Jun 2014
The Art-Law Centre at the University of Geneva is hosting the first ‘All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference’
Trafficking Culture presenting at the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Austin
25 Apr 2014
Simon Mackenzie, Neil Brodie, Donna Yates, project affiliate Tess Davis and friend/project veteran Suzie Thomas are presenting at a symposium on Saturday afternoon entitled Trafficking in Cultural Objects. Chaired by Donna Yates, the symposium also features papers by Patty Gerstenblith as well as Richard Leventhal, Brian Daniels and Sasha Renninger.
Donna Yates on BBC Radio Scotland
05 Apr 2014
Donna spoke on Good Morning Scotland this morning about the global illicit trade in antiquities.
Neil Brodie in Amsterdam
27 Mar 2014
Neil Brodie will be in Amsterdam to give two lectures during the first week in April.
Vacancy at Trafficking Culture
19 Feb 2014
Are you interested in joining a dynamic, international, interdisciplinary research team? Trafficking Culture have a vacancy for a Research Assistant or Research Associate. The role is full time, funded until 31 January 2016. Further details, including the main duties and responsibilities, and the knowledge and qualification requirements, can be found via the University of Glasgow vacancies, by...
Simon Mackenzie in international media
17 Feb 2014
Trafficking Culture’s Simon Mackenzie has recently published a couple of articles on the trafficking of cultural objects in French and British media. In Alternatives Internationales, he has an article titled Pas de plan de vol pour le trafic d’objets d’art (‘No flight plan for traffic of works of art’). Meanwhile, in The Conversation, an article titled ‘While...
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 the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Archaeology Seminar Series. The seminar, taking place from 1pm until 2pm, is titled ‘Understanding the international trade in trafficked cultural objects‘. Suzie’s presentation will be broadcast via Video Conferencing at the following UHI...
Call for Papers: First All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference
21 Jan 2014
The University of Geneva, in partnership with UNESCO, is holding an international conference on 13 and 14 June 2014. The conference, ‘convening all those engaged in research and teaching in the field of Art and Cultural Heritage Law’, includes a session chaired by Simon Mackenzie. The session is titled ‘Beyond the Law: Fighting Illicit Traffic in the Field’, welcoming...