Do you need a meticulous fact-checker? Does your news organisation, NGO, think tank or university want to analyse trafficking, document destruction and expose propaganda? Please, contact me.
Conflict antiquities are ancient artefacts that are looted, smuggled and/or sold to fund military or paramilitary activity. On top of the immediate violence, this plunder has a devastating impact on communities’ self-understanding, development and peace.
Here, I explore the trade in illicit antiquities, and the destruction of community and cultural property, during economic crises, by organised crime and through political violence. I focus on investigating and analysing crimes against cultural heritage and community property.
I also cover other uses/treatments of cultural property (from appropriation to vandalism); and the social, economic and political context (for example, state censorship). My primary research area is Cyprus, Greece and Turkey; but I look at art crime and conflict outside the Eastern Mediterranean too.
I’ve lived, studied and/or worked in Britain, Greece, (all too briefly) Kosovo, Cyprus, Turkey and the Netherlands. I can speak Greek and Turkish.
I’ve done archaeological excavation and processing, cultural heritage work, ethnography, oral history, criminological investigation, data processing and analysis, English teaching, proofreading, copy-editing, office work, shop work, bar work, concert venue technical assistance…
I’m keen to contribute to research, communication, data analysis or data processing. If you need something doing, please contact me.
I moderate comments, to block spam and bigotry. I do not always have regular internet access; but I will reply to e-mails and tweets (and approve and reply to comments) as soon as possible.