Michigan State University Campus Visit
October 24th – 28th, 2016
Donna Yates is a Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. She will be visiting MSU from October 24th-28th, offering a public talk on the 26th and a graduate student workshop on the 27th.
Donna Yates is a Lecturer in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime at the University of Glasgow’s Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. An archaeologist by training, Yates is based out of a criminology department and is one of the founding members of the Trafficking Culture research consortium which conducts evidence-based inquiry into the global illicit trafficking of cultural objects. Her research broadly focuses on social aspects of antiquities trafficking, art crime, and related cultural property issues. Yates has recently held a Leverhulme Fellowship and a Core Fulbright Award to study the on-the-ground effects of high-level cultural policy in Latin America and her current work involves security for and protection of sacred art in Latin America and South Asia. Her research and other open research materials can be found on her ever-growing collection of websites, including traffickingculture.org, anonymousswisscollector.com, news.culturecrime.org, and stolengods.org
The Public Talk
Wednesday, Oct 26th – 7:00pm
International Center, room CIP115
Culture Crime: Investigating Global Antiquities Trafficking
Our past is beautiful and it is fragile. Tombs are robbed, temples are looted, and the past is destroyed, all to feed the international market for antiquities. Yet after decades of public concern, professional action, and policy response, we’re still struggling with this threat to our collective heritage. As new holes continue to appear at archaeological sites and as recently-smuggled antiquities continue to enter collections around the world, we need to reflect on what we’re doing wrong and develop effective ways to investigate the looting, trafficking, and illicit sale of antiquities.
“In this talk, I will present two recent antiquities smuggling case studies (Cambodia and India) which display the global reach and structure of the illicit trade in looted artefacts. I will also show how approaches borrowed from criminology, sociology, and anthropology can be applied to these cases to develop effective new measures for protecting heritage. For the past 4 years, the Trafficking Culture research consortium has worked to tackle some of the open questions about antiquities crime in hopes of coming up with policies that truly protect the past. We believe that illicit antiquities research informed by criminology can produce actionable insight into these global criminal network.”
The public talk will be on Wednesday, Oct 26th at 7:00pm in the International Center, room CIP115. The talk will also be streamed here, and will be available to view here after the event has ended.
The Graduate Student Workshop
Thursday, October 27th – 12:00pm to 2:00pm
McDonel Hall, room C103
Are ‘collectors the real looters?’ Does demand cause illicit supply? What policies are in place to control the actual market for antiquities? Learn more at the graduate student workshop!
Sponsored by the Alumni and Friends Expendable Fund for Archaeology with co-sponsorship from: Department of Sociology, School of Criminal Justice, Department of History, Museum Studies Program, College of Social Science, College of Arts & Letters, the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences.
Header Photo by Donna Yates