illicit antiquities – call for papers

I’m very happy to announce that I’m guest editing a special collection of peer-reviewed articles on illicit antiquities for Cogent Social Sciences. The deadline for submission is the 1st of September 2016. Cogent have posted the call for papers. They use online submission and continuous publication.

Antiquities trafficking has been recognised as an emerging crime (or a re-emerging one), as its volume and anti-trafficking regulation increase. As the cultural heritage crisis has grown alongside the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, concern with looting and theft has grown. However, complex criminal operations that deprive communities of their cultural assets exist and persist out of the spotlight around the world.

Submissions may want to explore:

how cultural property is illicitly extracted, traded and collected
how illicit trade can be identified and monitored
how illicitly exported cultural property can be identified and recovered.

Possible topics of discussion may include but are not limited to:

conflict antiquities
cultural property crime
looting
censorship and defamation [i.e. manipulation of the public body of evidence]
marine exploration/archaeology [i.e. underwater looting]
online trafficking
anti-trafficking data mining measures

We welcome research articles, critical essays and review articles. Research into under-studied regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa, and into critical mechanisms, such as online trafficking, is particularly welcome.

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