Qatar National Library

What is Antiquities Trafficking?

In this webinar, we will discuss the structures of supply chains for illicit trafficking of cultural goods and key stakeholders who are involved at each stage. We will define what an illicit antiquity is and explore the source, transit and market countries. To explain the key features of antiquities trafficking and its transnational nature, we will consider Iraq and Syria as case studies.

Program Day 1: 

  • Definition of illicit antiquity
  • Trafficking chains
  • Actors involved in each stage of trafficking

Program Day 2: 

  • Key features of trafficking: Transnational nature
  • Case studies: Iraq and Syria


keynote Speeches:

His Excellency Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari, Minister of State, President of Qatar National Library

Stephane J. Ipert, Director of Distinctive Collections, Qatar National Library

Guest Speakers:

Veronica Costarelli, Project Manager, Cross-Border Syrian Emergency Response with IOM & Post-Crisis Antiquity Trafficking Researcher

Dr. Samuel Andrew Hardy, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage and Conflicts, Norwegian Institute in Rome (DniR), University of Oslo (UiO)


Maxim Nasra, Book conservation Specialist at Qatar National Library 

In its role as the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Center for Arab Countries and the Middle East, the Library launched Himaya, a project to support the efforts to counter the trafficking and illegal circulation of the documentary heritage in the region. An important goal of the project will be to create strong engagement between international agencies and regional organizations to protect documentary heritage and counter the trafficking of items.

To download the Himaya project document, click here.

The event will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams.

Date: 7 – 8 February 2021 

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM 

Language: English 

Target Audience: Scholars, academics, researchers, law enforcement, and cultural heritage and museum experts working in the MENA region

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07.02.2021 04:00 PM
08.02.2021 06:00 PM

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