The San Francisco Treat (Me!)

Posted on November 12, 2010


Next Thursday, I’ll be presenting on the Antiquities Trafficking panel at the American Society of Criminologists Conference in San Francisco, CA.  The panel is sponsored by the Association of Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), and I’ll present alongside Derek Fincham, Erik Nemeth, and Yasmeen del Rosario Hussain.  Here’s the abstract from my presentation:

Honor Amongst Thieves: The International Subculture of Antiquities Crime

Kim Alderman, University of Wisconsin Law School

Government agencies, non-profits, scholars, and advocacy groups alike assert that organized crime has fueled the illicit antiquities trade since the early 1960s.  The illicit antiquities trade has been linked to money laundering, extortion, the drug and arms trades, terrorism and insurgency, and even slavery.  Meanwhile, in the past fifty years, both the international community and sovereign states have increased legislation pertaining to cultural property.  These developments in the antiquities trade beg the question of whether there is a relationship between the increased involvement of organized criminal groups in the trade and the increasingly repressive system regulating that trade.  This presentation considers the connection between organized crime and the illicit antiquities trade, examines known criminal subcultures and evidence of their involvement in the trade, and inquires about a possible connection between the increasing regulation of the antiquities trade and the apparent increase in organization of those willing to subvert the legal system regulating that trade.

Scheduled Time: Thu, Nov 18 – 2:00pm – 3:20pm

For the rest of the abstracts and the panel description, see the full details here on the Illicit Cultural Property blog.

After the conference, there will be an ARCA meet and great from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Thirsty Bear on Howard Street.   I’m going to try the Stave and/or the ESB that they brew there.  Not too much, though, because the following morning is a cultural property crime panel at 8:00 a.m.  Nice!

Shoot me a line here if you are thinking of coming out for any of the festivities.