Dr Donna Yates

  • Lecturer (Sociology)

telephone: 01413303335
email: Donna.Yates@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

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.

Her research is explores the relationship between communities, governments, the law, and the operation of transnational criminal markets and to help develop regulatory mechanisms for controlling the illicit antiquities trade. She conducts field-based research to better understand the implementation of regulation and the behaviours, norms, and values of the stakeholder communities that are governed by it.

Most recently Dr Yates has been studying the theft, trafficking, and security of Sacred Art. This includes art from Latin American churches and she has expanded this focus to include temple and shrine sites in South Asia, particularly Nepal and India. Information about sacred art theft can be found on her website StolenGods.org.

She completed her PhD in Archaeology at theUniversity of Cambridge in 2012 looking at the legal, social, and professional construction of archaeology and heritage in the rapidly changing social and political climate of modern Bolivia. Her first degree was in Archaeology at Boston University with a focus on Mesoamerica. She went on to complete an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at Cambridge. Her MPhil thesis documented the market for illicit South American antiquities at US-based auctions.

She was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012–2015) and a Core Fulbright Award (2012–2013) to study the trafficking of Latin American cultural property.

She has conducted trafficking or archaeology fieldwork in Belize, GuatemalaEcuadorGreece,MexicoNepal, and Bolivia.

Research interests

  • looting and trafficking of antiquities and cultural property
  • art crime
  • heritage protection and preservation
  • archaeology and heritage law and regulatory development
  • Latin American and South Asian art and archaeology
  • culture and politics of the Andes
  • Indigenous social and political movements

Grants

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2012–2015)

Core Fulbright Award (2012–2013)

Teaching

Postgraduate Certificate in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Programme director for the master's level online PG Cert in Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime. The three courses are available to both distance learners and on-site University of Glasgow master's students.

Master's Degree Programmes

Module coordinator for courses related to antiquities and art crime for MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Sociology) and MSc Collecting and Provenance in an International Context (Art History)

Free Online Course: Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Dr Yates is the developer and lead educator for the free online course Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime delivered on the MOOC platform FutureLearn. The course runs in October, February, and June and is open to everyone. For more information and to sign up: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/art-crime

PhD Supervision

Dr Yates is accepting proposals from highly-qualified prospective PhD students with similar research interests.

Additional information

Membership

Dr Yates is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Society of Antequaries of Scotland

She is a founding member of the Trafficking Culture International Research Consortium

Websites

  • Anonymous Swiss Collector: antiquities theft, art crime, and the complexities of cultural objects
  • Stolen Gods: reporting the theft and destruction of sacred art from around the world
  • Culture Crime News: a serchable database of media articles about antiquties trafficking and art crime
  • Trafficking Culture: researching the global illicit trafficking of cultural objects

Selected Media Features

Bolivia's president wants to use an indigenous calendar, but are his motives genuine? PRI's The World. 4 July.

Art crime expert Dr Donna Yates makes her research available free online in bid to help beat the thieves. The National. 2 June 2016.

Meet Dr Donna Yates, the expert aiming to make antiquities-collecting socially unacceptable. Herald. 25 April 2016. 

Protection of antiquities is a global issue. United Nations Radio. 30 March 2016.

Cómo se roban la historia siria. El Espectador. 12 March 2016.

Returning the hatchet: Governments are starting to return treasures to their neighbours. Economist. 12 March 2016.

Police praised for museum thefts investigation. Museums Journal. 2 March 2016.

Gang may have stolen antiquities for Chinese market, says expert. The Guardian. 1 March 2016.

Where it is safe to do so, cultural artefacts should be repatriated. The Economist. 23 February 2016.

Looted: How global theft fuels trafficking, unrest & cultural control. Guernica. 28 January 2016.

In the frame for a cutting-edge course on art theft. Evening Times. 27 January 2016.

Framed: the new course that teaches you about art crime and antiquities trafficking. The Herald. 24 January 2016.

Tomb Raiding is a Growing Problem in the Middle East. Vice. 21 January 2016.

Broken System’ Allows ISIS to Profit From Looted Antiquities. The New York Times. 9 January 2016.

The Gods are still leaving. The Kathmandu Post. 9 January 2016.

Meet the lonely online warriors leading the fight against looted art. Fusion. 24 November 2015.

Scotland's elite archaeologists target global tomb raiders. Sunday Herald. 30 August 2015.

India struggles to halt multimillion dollar trade in stolen artworks. The Guardian. 3 August 2015.

Criminology tools can curb illicit trade in artefacts. The Himalayan Times. 15 July 2015.

Protecting the Ruins. Nepali Times. 24–30 July 2015.

Sacred Indian art is seen more as “Art” than as “Sacred” in the art market: Dr. Donna Yates. NewsGram. 14 July 2015. 

Idol Pursuit: Intrepid bloggers try to retrieve stolen sacred art from around the world. India Today. 22 June 2015.

Christie’s artefacts linked to organised crime. The Scotsman. 13 April 2015. 

Cultural guardian confronts the looters. Times Higher Education, 15 January 2015. 

@LegoAcademics: smashing gender stereotyping one brick at a time. Times Higher Education 15 August. 

The challenges of being a woman scientist in Lego. The Guardian 13 August 2014.

Lego's new female scientists set already has an awesome new Twitter tribute. Washington Post Aug. 2014.

Glasgow University uncovers relic looting networks. The Scotsman 1 July 2014.

New Evidence Ties Illegal Antiquities Trade to Terrorism, Violent Crime. National Geographic 13 June 2014.

Andean churches plagued by sacred art thefts. Associated Press August 2013.

Publications

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Number of items: 19.

2016

Mackenzie, S., and Yates, D. (2016) Trafficking cultural objects and human rights. In: Weber, L., Fishwick, E. and Marmo, M. (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 220-230. ISBN 9781138931176

Yates, D. (2016) Cultural heritage offences: a view from Latin America. In: Chappell, D. and Hufnagel, S. (eds.) Art Crime Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

Yates, D. (2016) The global traffic in looted cultural objects. In: Pontell, H. N. (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Criminology and Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press: New York. (doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.124)

2015

Yates, D. (2015) Value and doubt: the persuasive power of 'authenticity' in the antiquities market. PARSE: Platform for Artistic Research Sweden, 2, pp. 71-84.

Yates, D. (2015) Reality and practicality: challenges to effective cultural property policy on the ground in Latin America. International Journal of Cultural Property, 22(2-3), pp. 337-356. (doi:10.1017/S0940739115000156)

Mackenzie, S., and Yates, D. (2015) Collectors on illicit collecting: Higher loyalties and other techniques of neutralization in the unlawful collecting of rare and precious orchids and antiquities. Theoretical Criminology, 20(3), pp. 340-357. (doi:10.1177/1362480615607625)

Yates, D. (2015) Illicit cultural property from Latin America: looting, trafficking and sales. In: Demaris, F. (ed.) Countering Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods: The Global Challenge of Protecting the World’s Heritage. International Council of Museums: Paris, pp. 33-45. ISBN 9789290124153

Yates, D. (2015) Museums, collectors, and value manipulation: tax fraud through donation of antiquities. Journal of Financial Crime, 23(1), pp. 173-186. (doi:10.1108/JFC-11-2014-0051)

Yates, D., and Lambert, M. (2015) Crime, controversy and the comments section: discussing archaeological looting, trafficking, and the illicit antiquities trade online. Internet Archaeology(39), (doi:10.11141/ia.39.6)

2014

Yates, D. (2014) Church theft, insecurity, and community justice: the reality of source-end regulation of the market for illicit bolivian cultural objects. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 20(4), pp. 445-457. (doi:10.1007/s10610-014-9232-z)

Yates, D. (2014) Displacement, deforestation, and drugs: antiquities trafficking and the narcotics support economies of Guatemala. In: Kila, J. D. and Balcells, M. (eds.) Cultural Property Crimes: An Overview and Analysis on Contemporary Perspectives and Trends. Brill: Liden, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9789004280533 (doi:10.1163/9789004280540_003)

Yates, D. (2014) Lies, damned lies, and archaeologists: antiquities trafficking research as criminology and the ethics of identification. AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology, 2014(1), pp. 7-19.

2013

Yates, D. (2013) Publication as preservation: a remote Maya site in the early 20th century. In: Swenson, A. and Mandler, P. (eds.) From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, 1800-1950. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Yates, D. (2013) The theft of cultural property in Bolivia: the absence of metal detectors. Arqueología Publica, 3, pp. 10-13.

2012

Yates, D. (2012) Review: Describing and Interpreting the Past: European and American Approaches to the Written Record of the Excacavation (by Cătălin Pavel). Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 27(1), [Book Review]

Yates, D. (2012) Imagined heritage [LOTR tourism]. Love Archaeology, pp. 28-29.

2011

Yates, D. (2011) Archaeology and autonomies: the legal framework of heritage management in a new Bolivia. International Journal of Cultural Property, 18(3), pp. 291-307. (doi:10.1017/S0940739111000257)

2009

Pruitt, T.C., and Yates, D. (2009) Introduction to special issue: 'Invention and Reinvention: Perceptions and Archaeological Practice'. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 24(1),

2008

Yates, D. (2008) Review of: 'Janaab'Pakal of Palenque: Reconstructing the Life and Death of a Maya Ruler', edited by Vera Tiesler and Andrea Cucina. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 23(1), [Book Review]

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Number of items: 20.

Articles

Yates, D. (2015) Value and doubt: the persuasive power of 'authenticity' in the antiquities market. PARSE: Platform for Artistic Research Sweden, 2, pp. 71-84.

Yates, D. (2015) Reality and practicality: challenges to effective cultural property policy on the ground in Latin America. International Journal of Cultural Property, 22(2-3), pp. 337-356. (doi:10.1017/S0940739115000156)

Mackenzie, S., and Yates, D. (2015) Collectors on illicit collecting: Higher loyalties and other techniques of neutralization in the unlawful collecting of rare and precious orchids and antiquities. Theoretical Criminology, 20(3), pp. 340-357. (doi:10.1177/1362480615607625)

Yates, D. (2015) Museums, collectors, and value manipulation: tax fraud through donation of antiquities. Journal of Financial Crime, 23(1), pp. 173-186. (doi:10.1108/JFC-11-2014-0051)

Yates, D., and Lambert, M. (2015) Crime, controversy and the comments section: discussing archaeological looting, trafficking, and the illicit antiquities trade online. Internet Archaeology(39), (doi:10.11141/ia.39.6)

Yates, D. (2014) Church theft, insecurity, and community justice: the reality of source-end regulation of the market for illicit bolivian cultural objects. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 20(4), pp. 445-457. (doi:10.1007/s10610-014-9232-z)

Yates, D. (2014) Lies, damned lies, and archaeologists: antiquities trafficking research as criminology and the ethics of identification. AP: Online Journal in Public Archaeology, 2014(1), pp. 7-19.

Yates, D. (2013) The theft of cultural property in Bolivia: the absence of metal detectors. Arqueología Publica, 3, pp. 10-13.

Yates, D. (2012) Imagined heritage [LOTR tourism]. Love Archaeology, pp. 28-29.

Yates, D. (2011) Archaeology and autonomies: the legal framework of heritage management in a new Bolivia. International Journal of Cultural Property, 18(3), pp. 291-307. (doi:10.1017/S0940739111000257)

Pruitt, T.C., and Yates, D. (2009) Introduction to special issue: 'Invention and Reinvention: Perceptions and Archaeological Practice'. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 24(1),

Book Sections

Mackenzie, S., and Yates, D. (2016) Trafficking cultural objects and human rights. In: Weber, L., Fishwick, E. and Marmo, M. (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Series: Routledge international handbooks. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 220-230. ISBN 9781138931176

Yates, D. (2016) Cultural heritage offences: a view from Latin America. In: Chappell, D. and Hufnagel, S. (eds.) Art Crime Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press)

Yates, D. (2016) The global traffic in looted cultural objects. In: Pontell, H. N. (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Criminology and Criminal Justice. Oxford University Press: New York. (doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.124)

Yates, D. (2015) Illicit cultural property from Latin America: looting, trafficking and sales. In: Demaris, F. (ed.) Countering Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods: The Global Challenge of Protecting the World’s Heritage. International Council of Museums: Paris, pp. 33-45. ISBN 9789290124153

Yates, D. (2014) Displacement, deforestation, and drugs: antiquities trafficking and the narcotics support economies of Guatemala. In: Kila, J. D. and Balcells, M. (eds.) Cultural Property Crimes: An Overview and Analysis on Contemporary Perspectives and Trends. Brill: Liden, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9789004280533 (doi:10.1163/9789004280540_003)

Yates, D. (2013) Publication as preservation: a remote Maya site in the early 20th century. In: Swenson, A. and Mandler, P. (eds.) From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, 1800-1950. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Mackenzie, S., and Yates, D. What is grey about the ‘grey market’ in antiquities. In: Everything Legal? Interfaces Between Legality and Illegality in Markets. Oxford University Press: Oxford. (In Press)

Book Reviews

Yates, D. (2012) Review: Describing and Interpreting the Past: European and American Approaches to the Written Record of the Excacavation (by Cătălin Pavel). Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 27(1), [Book Review]

Yates, D. (2008) Review of: 'Janaab'Pakal of Palenque: Reconstructing the Life and Death of a Maya Ruler', edited by Vera Tiesler and Andrea Cucina. Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 23(1), [Book Review]

This list was generated on Fri Dec 9 09:30:33 2016 GMT.