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

17 Nov 2016


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 here:

International Criminal Justice Review (ICJR) invites submissions for a special issue, “Crimes against Culture: Theft, Destruction, Security, and Protection of Heritage”, to be guest edited by Dr. Donna Yates (University of Glasgow). The looting of antiquities and the destruction of heritage sites have pervaded media reporting on conflict in recent years. The study of crimes against culture includes this ‘conflict’ lens. Yet, it also encompasses areas of multidisiplinary research into the protection of cultural heritage from numerous threats, and an exploration of the various forms of insecurity associated with heritage loss. Many of the crimes related to heritage loss are transnational, but the harms may be local and personal, wrapped up in the complexities of community and individual identity.

In this issue we hope to feature cutting-edge research into the intersections between criminology and the disciplines traditionally associated with the preservation of cultural objects and sites, namely archaeology, heritage, and museums studies. Topics could include:

  • looting, trafficking, and illicit sale of antiquities or other cultural objects;
  • security and protection of cultural objects and sites during and beyond conflict and natural disaster;
  • cultural protection policy success, failure, or critiques;
  • forgery and fraud in the art and antiquities market;
  • white collar crime, crimes of the powerful, and state crime as they relate to cultural objects and sites;
  • harm related to heritage crime.

We especially welcome papers that push the boundaries of theoretical or methodological research in this field, that draw on multidisciplinary resources and discourses, or that present research into underrepresented geographical areas or new conceptions of heritage crime.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages double-spaced, excluding tables, figures, and references. An abstract of approximately 200 words and a biographical sketch must accompany the manuscript. Authors must send two electronic copies of the manuscript, one full version (with cover page containing the author’s name, title, institutional contact information; acknowledgments; grant numbers; and the date, location, and conference at which the manuscript may have been presented), and one blind copy (minus all identifying information) to Dr. Yates at Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word no later than August 31, 2017, and adhere to the formatting style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.) and CJR formatting guidelines.