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

03 Jun 2017


Organized Crime along “One Belt – One Road” was hosted by the City University of Hong Kong.The purpose of the event was to meet to discuss problems related to transnational organized crime and corruption in the context of the building of the “new silk roads”.

Mackenzie and Yates presented a talk titled “Trafficking Culture in Asia” which focused on the narratives that have developed to shield collectors of antiquities from the stigma of engaging in a trade that is associated with destruction and organised crime, and thinking about how the major development around One Belt One Road may both serve as a source of illicit antiquities and a false “chance find” origin story for any unprovenanced Asian antiquities on the market.

Further information about this event can be found on the conference website: