The TRANSFORM Project studies the complex relationships between people and objects and how those relationships can lead to crime.
TRANSFORM doesn’t just focus on criminal acts.
We are interested in legal interactions with objects too.
By learning about the legal and illegal networks that form around antiquities, wildlife, and fossils we hope to better understand why people break the law and to develop better ways to protect these objects.
Dr Donna Yates will give a keynote speech on 30 January 2024 at event titled “Dialogue with the art market” organised by the European Commission. The event is taking place
Diāna Bērziņa was part on an expert panel focusing on monitoring compliance with art market regulations at a conference “la vente illégale sur le marché de l’art” organised by Anthemis
Yates gave a presentation at “The Market for Latin American Antiquities” conference organised by co-organized by the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo de la Universidad de San Gallen, the Museum der Kulturen Basel and Musée d’ethnographie Neuchâtel
On 2 November Dr Donna Yates gave a presentation titled “Crime in Collections: Patterns, Priorities, and Hidden Knowledge” at a conference “The Market for Latin American Antiquities” organised by co-organized
Dr Donna Yates will give a talk at “The Cluster of Excellence Understanding Written Artefacts” conference taking place from 27 to 29 September 2023 at the University of Hamburg. Yates
Dr Donna Yates will give a keynote at the German Anthropological Association Meeting in Munich for the workshop “Contested Knowledge, Contested Objects: Positioning of Mesoamerican Studies Regarding the History of
Diāna Bērziņa will present her current research on affective atmosphere in art fairs at ‘White-collar and organisational crime: New ideas, directions, and perspectives’ workshop, taking place in Manchester on 6-7
Berzina, Diana (2024) Between Crime and Commemoration: Human–Object Relationships in the Treasure Hunting for World War II Objects. Critical Criminology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10612-023-09738-0
Yates, Donna and Shawn Graham (2023) Reputation laundering and museum collections: patterns, priorities, provenance, and hidden crime. International Journal of Heritage Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2023.2284740
Yates, Donna and Neil Brodie (2023) The illicit trade in antiquities is not the world’s third-largest illicit trade: a critical evaluation of a factoid. Antiquity, First View: 1–13.
Graham, Shawn, Donna Yates and Donna Yates (2023) Investigating antiquities trafficking with generative pre-trained transformer (GPT)-3 enabled knowledge graphs: A case study [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review].Open Res
Graham, Shawn, Donna Yates, Ahmed El-Roby,Chantal Brousseau, Jonah Ellens and Callum McDermott (2023) Relationship Prediction in a Knowledge Graph Embedding Model of the Illicit Antiquities Trade. Advances in Archaeological Practice,