Carleton University’s Department of History will launch the 2018 Shannon Lecture series with Ancient Art and Modern Crime: How Stolen Antiquities End Up In Our Most Respected Museums presented by Donna Yates (University of Glasgow).
When: Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at 2:30 p.m., a reception will follow
Where: Room 252, MacOdrum Library
Info: This event is free and open to the public. A campus map can be found online.
Media are invited to attend the event.
Many of the most respected museums house stolen antiquities. High-end auction houses and dealers sell loot on a daily basis. Upstanding citizens freely engage in this criminal market – where high culture meets smuggling, greed and white-collar crime. Unlike most illegal commodities, trafficked antiquities can be openly bought and sold, and are often displayed in public.
In this presentation, Yates will explore how criminology research is used to understand white-collar crime in the art world.
This lecture is co-presented with the support of the Department of Law & Legal Studies.
About the Shannon Lecture Series
The 2018 Shannon Lecture series examines “bad archaeology” – what happens when the practice of archaeology is done in bad faith? Modern archaeology emerged from a colonialist setting where the heroic lone (male) adventure wrestled knowledge in exotic (to him) places. In many ways, the field has never shed that association and the promise of adventure and heroism. The 2018 series of lectures will explore some of the ways “bad archaeology” has meaningful consequences – especially in the Canadian context. By understanding “bad” archaeology, we may begin to understand the power of “good” archaeology for our present day and age.
The Shannon Lecture series is made possible by the Shannon Fund, an endowment created by Lois May Long, who was a friend of the Carleton History Department and longtime support for both students and faculty.
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