6 May 2021


For this digital conference take an “object-focused” approach to understanding aspects of crime and crime prevention. The goal is to bring discussion of the roles, influences, and power of things into the criminological mainstream.

With this conference, we hope to move our criminological discussion of objects beyond functional analyses, towards considering how the meaningful relationships between people and things shape engagement with criminal activity, response to crime, and the experience of criminal justice.

  • Talks will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes reserves for discussion of each.
  • All times are in CEST (Maastricht Time).

Session 1


The social, economic and criminal lives of NFTs by Simon Mackenzie (Victoria University of Wellington) and Diāna Bērziņa (Maastricht University)


Radiocarbon: a ‘finger-print' of time by Irka Hajdas (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), Lucio Calcagnile (University of Salento), Mihály Molnár (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Gianluca Quarta (University of Salento), Karin Wyss (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich)


Nature and Patterns of Criminals’ Utilisation of Spiritual Charms for Crime Perpetration in Nigeria by Usman A. Ojedokun (University of Ibadan)

11.00 Coffee Break

Valuation of rhino horn by different actors along the value chain/flow by Annette Hübschle (University of Cape Town) 


The Aftermath of the Liuquan Idol by İpek Bayraktar (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)


The Theft of your Soulmate: Case of Rare Musical Instrument Theft by Summer Austin (University College London)

12.45 Lunch


Session 2


Criminogenic Collectables? Desire provocation, non-commodity friction, and fossils that ask people to commit crimes by Donna Yates (Maastricht University)


Cycads, and the criminalization of conservation and culture by Caitlin Blaser Mapitsa (University of the Witwatersrand)


From environment to exhibit: The role of soils as an object for heritage crime investigation by Rosie Everett (Alecto Forensic Services) and Karl Harrison (Cranfield University)


Assay-ssination: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Human Cost of Jewellery and Gem Crime by Maria Maclennan (University of Edinburgh) and Kelly Ross (Ross Consulting)

15.30 Coffee Break

Trafficking and possession of a tiger (Panthera tigris) in northeastern Mexico: A Network Analysis by José Luis Carpio Domínguez (Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas), Inés Arroyo Quiroz (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), María Teresa Villarreal Martínez (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Jesús Ignacio Castro Salazar (Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Abasolo)


Human Trafficking through a Transportation Sector Perspective: the aspects of crime and crime prevention by Edward Sazonov (University of Alabama), Matthew Hudnall (University of Alabama), Nathan Culmer (University of Alabama), Steven Jones (University of Alabama), Silvana Croope (University of Alabama)


The Power of Fine Art: Considering Influences of Economic and Cultural Perceptions in Cultural Property Crime by Kate Burmon (Mount Saint Mary College)