Donna Yates in Nepal next week to observe heritage security
06 Jul 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/syrian-heritage-in-crisis-tickets-14895445679 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 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
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
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
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
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
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”.
Neil Brodie and Donna Yates speaking at University of Manchester on 25 Oct
20 Oct 2014
Neil Brodie will be presenting and Donna Yates will serve as a discussant at “To publish or not to publish? A multidisciplinary approach to the politics, ethics and economics of ancient artefacts“
Donna Yates speaking at Universities of Reading and Essex this week
20 Oct 2014
Donna Yates will be presenting two public seminars this week.
Neil Brodie presenting at UNESCO in Paris on 2 Oct.
30 Sep 2014
On Thursday 2 October, Neil Brodie will be at UNESCO in Paris attending the 19th session of the Intergovernmental Committee For Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation, where he will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Internet Sales of Cultural Objects’.
Tess Davis at the Second Annual Cultural Heritage Seminar of the Federal Bar Association
29 Sep 2014
Trafficking Culture’s Affiliate Researcher Tess Davis is organizing the Second Annual Cultural Heritage Seminar of the Federal Bar Association that will take place in New Orleans on 2nd October, 2014 (from 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.). The theme of the seminar will be: ‘Spoils of War: Plunder and Destruction of Cultural Heritage in the Pacific Theater of World War II’. The event will...
Jessica Dietzler at the 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
01 Sep 2014
Trafficking Culture’s PhD student Jessica Dietzler will participate in the 42nd Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, organised in Liverpool from 3rd – 6th September, 2014. The theme of the conference will be: ‘Resisting the Demonisation of ‘the Other’: State, Nationalism and Social Control in a Time of...
Trafficking Culture’s research in the press
19 Aug 2014
Results of research by several members of the Trafficking Culture Project have been picked up in several news outlets recently: Cổ vật ở Campuchia bị đánh cắp bởi tội phạm liên quan với quân đội (30 June 2014) Sur la trace des pilleurs d’Angkor (Le Monde, 1 July 2014) Glasgow University uncovers relic looting networks (The Scotsman 1 July 2014) Losing Maya Heritage to...