Thesis title: The Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003 and self-regulation in the UK-based ancient art market.
Overview and research interests
Keith's thesis will investigate the implementation of the Dealing in Cultural Objects (offences) Act 2003 to see if it has had the intended effect of stemming the flow of illicit, recently-looted antiquities through the UK-based ancient art market. His research will focus on gauging the opinions of market players, academics, and cultural and legal professionals in order to determine whether or not the Act has had an impact since its implementation.
The UK-based antiquities trade is a small but significant part of the international art market, particularly vulnerable to restitution claims as it deals with cultural artefacts of national and international significance. Despite being a multi-million dollar industry it has been allowed to rely on self-regulation amongst a small number of professional dealers. To date there have been no prosecutions under the Act. Keith's research will question the probity of such an approach given that the UK remains the second largest market after New York and a major transit route for unprovenanced antiquities.
- 2011f - 'A Review of the CIPEG, Poznan, Poland conference on "the Ethics of Collecting"' in Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology (forthcoming)
- 2011e - 'The Old Kingdom tomb of Pehenuka and the attribution of fragments from the offering scene' in Current Research in Egyptology XII proceedings. Oxbow Books (forthcoming)
- 2011d - 'The Lost Tomb of Pehenku' in Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology (forthcoming)
- 2011c - 'What Price Provenance? A panel discussion on the Egyptian antiquities looting crisis' - City University London, Centre for Cultural Policy and Management, Wed 11 May 2011, pp. 48-49 in Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology, Vol 22, No 4. July/August 2011
- 2011b - 'Illicit Antiquities from Egypt: a market oriented perspective' - New Statesman blog in response to 'Egyptologists Speak Out' (7 March 2011) , 14 March 2011
- 2011a - 'Personal View: The UK Antiquities Trade deserves credit for the way it regulates itself', pp.54-55 in The Antiques Trade Gazette, 12 February 2011
- 2010b - 'Iraqi Cultural Heritage and the International Trade in Antiquities - an economic approach'. Unpublished paper submitted to Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication (October 2010), Stanford University
- 2010a - 'From Orthodoxy to Perestroika' pp. 4-5 in The Arts Surveyor: the Russian Art issue, April 2010
- 2009c - 'A Piece of History', pp. 6-7 in The Arts Surveyor: the Antiquities issue, April 2009
- 2009b - 'What Price Provenance', p. 5 in The Arts Surveyor: the Antiquities issue, April 2009
- 2009a - 'The Bigger Picture', pp. 8-9 in The Arts Surveyor: the Contemporary Art issue, January 2009
- 2008 - 'The Value of Culture', pp. 10-11 in The Arts Surveyor: the African Art issue, November 2008
- 2011 - 'Biting the hand that feeds… UK antiquities law and museum acquisitions. CIPEG annual meeting, Poznan - Poland, 1st - 4th September 2011
- 2011 - 'What price provenance?: the Dealing in Cultural Objects (offences) Act 2003' round-table discussion at the Department of Cultural Policy and Management, City University, 11th May 2011 (Chief organiser)
- 2011 - 'What price provenance? The Old Kingdom tomb of Pehenuka and the attribution of a new fragment from the offering scene'. Current research in Egyptology XII: Durham University, 23rd - 26th March 2011
- 2010 - 'In the shadow of war: developments in Egyptian antiquities law during the Gulf and Afghanistan conflicts'. Disciplinary Measures? Histories of Egyptology in Multi-Disciplinary Context. University College London, 10th - 12th June 2010
- 2000 - 'Egyptian Darkness lit only by Blood Red Incandescent Lamps: Egyptology and Cinema'. Encounters with Ancient Egypt: University College London, December 2000
- Visiting Lecturer, Kingston University (2009 - )
- AS Level Examiner, Cambridge Examining Board (2008)
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