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21 June 2016
Justice Reinvestment and Social Justice: Beyond ‘What Works’
Seminar by Professor Julie Stubbs, University of New South Wales, Australia
Julie Stubbs is a criminologist and Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Much of her research focuses on women and criminal justice including women’s imprisonment, justice reinvestment, restorative justice, domestic violence law reforms, homicide, battered woman syndrome and sexual assault. Her publications include two new books: Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment(Brown et al, 2016, Palgrave Macmillan) and Australian Violence (co-edited with Tomsen, forthcoming 2016, Federation Press). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of Criminology. Julie is visiting London and Glasgow as part of her current research on alternatives to women’s imprisonment.
3-4- March 2016
Symposium on the Legal Regulation and Policing of Commercial Sex, Queen’s University Belfast
The Commercial Sex Research Network Ireland (CSRNI) is an all-Ireland interdisciplinary network for researchers critically engaged in the area of commercial sex and sex work in Ireland. Funded by the Irish Research Council under the New Foundations scheme, the network is being developed between in a three-way partnership between the University of Limerick, NUI Galway and the Schools’ of Law and Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast, thus ensuring important cross-border links. The aims of the network are to provide a much-needed space for interdisciplinary collaboration and dissemination of research activities nationally and internationally.
As part of the CSRNI network the School of Law and the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast hosted a symposium on commercial sex on March 3 – 4. This event was sponsored by the British Society of Criminology (Northern Ireland) Regional Group. While the emphasis of the symposium was on developments that are occurring in Ireland (North and South) issues around commercial sex in other jurisdictions including Britain and Sweden / Norway were also considered. Topics discussed include: the role of the digital economy in the buying and selling of sexual services; the policing of commercial sex; legislative changes and the criminalisation of demand; and feminist responses to commercial sex.
The aim of the symposium was to share analyses of the prevalence and regulation of commercial sex in Ireland, and to draw upon best practice lessons from other jurisdictions. The symposium brought together academics, NGOs and those involved in commercial sex in Ireland.
Thursday 31st May 2018
Professor Steve Tombs (Open University)
We can of course agree that Grenfell was, remains and will continue to be a tragedy of immense proportions. But what does it mean to say this? Here Prof Tombs examined this question through the lens of social harm, and focus on the aftermaths and consequences of the fire; but in so doing, many of the factors it reveals also help to explain the presence and character of the factors which, in combination, helped to produce a fire which could have such devastating effects. The paper delineates, largely empirically (though suggestive of lines of conceptual development), the various, discrete ways in which distinct types of harms – physical, emotional and psychological, financial and economic , and cultural and relational – have been and will continue to be produced by the fire. Some of these are these are readily apparent, others of these are opaque and obscured. On the basis of these explorations of the range of social harms produced by the fire at Grenfell Tower, he concluded by asking what criminal justice can provide to the victims, survivors and other affected communities.
Wednesday February 7, 2018 Cardiff University
Professor Letizia Paoli (University of Leuven)
“The Centrality of Harm to Crime, Criminal Policy and the Governance of Security, and the Potential Contribution of Harm Assessment”
In this talk, I will demonstrate the centrality of harm to crime, criminal policy and the governance of security, through an exploration of harm and crime in legal history, legal theory, criminology and related fields and consideration of the role of harm in criminal policy and the governance of security. I will also argue that such centrality is often only implicit in the contemporary discourses on crime, criminal policy, security and risk and that harm mostly remains underdeveloped as a concept. I will then briefly present the Harm Assessment Framework, a tool I have developed with Dr. Victoria Greenfield (George Mason University) to define and operationalize harm and systematically assess the harms of criminalized activities as well as those that are candidate for criminalization or control. Lastly, I will consider the potential contribution that the harm assessment can make to both criminal policy and the governance of security.
Weakness as Routine: Contributing to a research agenda on the weak field of global justice
(in association with Bangor Social Sciences Research Seminar Series)
Dr Sara Dezalay (Cardiff University)
Wednesday October 25, 2017.
Bangor University, Alun A201
How can one account for the contrast between the protracted weakness of the International Criminal Court and the strength of a global justice discourse focused on the criminalization of state and societal violence? To address this puzzle, this article suggests the hypothesis of global justice as a “weak field” that is a space that is weak as regards its internal autonomy but not weak in its wider social effects. Looking at professional patterns within the ICC, and the way in which evidence is marshalled into the Court, its gist is that weakness is not a transitory feature – rather it has developed into a routine as a structural feature of the ICC, and the broader field of global justice. Grounded in Bourdieu’s field theory, it relies on biographical interviews with ICC staff, academics and members of non-governmental operating around the Court.
(In association with Cardiff University, Centre for Crime, Law and Justice research seminar series)
The politics of security in the case of Brussels after the bombings
Dr. Elke Devroe (Leiden University) & Professor Paul Ponsaers (Ghent University)
October 11, 2017
The basic proposition of the paper is that politics matters in explaining major problems of crime and insecurity, such as the recent spate of terrorist incidents in European cities. The politics of security is central to an understanding of the conditions that enable or frustrate such incidents and ought to be as central to social scientific research as are official preoccupations with the attitudes of perpetrators. Understanding the conditions of ‘radicalisation’ is as important as understanding the lifestyle and choices of the ‘radicalised’. To this end, the paper provides a case study of the politics of security in Brussels, a city directly implicated in the attacks on Paris in November 2015 as well as being a target for political violence itself, in March 2016.
Prior to the bombings of 22nd March 2016, the Belgian Federal Government had developed an ambitious counterterrorist programme focussed on the neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels, which had served as a base for those involved in the attack on Paris on 15th November 2015. The federal structure of the country and the particularly complex arrangements for governing the Brussels Capital Region hindered the implementation of this programme. In its initial response, the Federal Government broadened the scope and enforcement of the criminal law against offenders and then sought to manage the risks of further terrorist incidents by targeting, for proactive interventions, those known or suspected by the authorities of embarking upon terrorist careers. This was to the detriment of the broader preventive social policy approach favoured by the regional government of Brussels but undermined by cuts in public expenditure (Edwards, Devroe & Ponsaers, 2017). The proactive strategy of the Federal Government was severely criticised by human rights organisations whilst international criticisms focused on Belgium’s allegedly weak security policies and complex governing arrangements, even depicting the country as a ‘failed state’. However, this depiction neglects the important efforts and progress made in a short period and the emerging threats posed by “returnees”, those now returning to European metropolises, such as Brussels, having fought in Syria and Iraq. It is argued that this emerging challenge emphasises the importance of a more holistic policy response capable of integrating enforcement, risk management and social prevention.
19 May 2017
New Directions in Criminology: Theory and Method
The North East Branch of the British Society of Criminology hosted this half-day event New Directions in Criminology: Theory and Method. The aim of the event was to generate discussion and debate on a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues in criminology.
12.00 Coffee and introductions
12.30 Pam Davies (Northumbria) – ‘Children as Victims’
13.00 Mark Horsley (Teesside) – ‘Forget ‘Moral Panics’’
13.30 Jo Large (Teesside) – ‘Conspicuously Doing Charity: Exploring harm within the context of charity based tourism. A challenge for criminologists to address?’
14.00 Coffee break
14.30 Thomas Raymen (Plymouth) – ‘Show Me The Money: Developing a transcendental materialist theory of gambling addiction’
15.00 Mike Rowe (Northumbria) – ‘Policing and Visual Cultures’
15.30 Simon Winlow (Teesside) – ‘Criminology’s present crisis, and what we can do about it’
November 1, 2017
The Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Event on Contemporary Research in Crime and Justice took place at the University of Hull.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Theorising Sites of Discipline in Society – Liverpool Hope University
This event was sponsored by the North West Branch of the British Society of Criminology and Liverpool Hope University
There has been growing interest within criminology and across the social sciences more widely in the diffusion of disciplinary techniques and institutions throughout society. These techniques range from the more subtle as exhibited by the development of the Behavioural Insights Team (or nudge unit) under the Coalition Government and the associated shift towards an increasingly penal welfare state, to the hardening of responses in more traditional institutions in the carceral state and beyond. This one-day conference intends to critically examine the growing influence of some of these techniques and institutions and their impact upon vulnerable and marginalized populations as well as their wider ramifications for society as a whole. Themes which we intend to address during the day’s discussion include: the role of the military in disciplining marginalized populations; the disciplining of refugee and migratory groups in the ‘Jungles’ of Northern Europe; the problems posed by imprisonment upon those seeing to desist from crime; the associated role of society as a site of discipline for those facing the stigma of criminal records and Disclosure and Barring Service checks; and shifting sites of discipline in contemporary mental health and penal welfare policy reform.
List of speakers:
Dr Emily Hart (University of Liverpool)
Developing a ‘Critical Desistance’: The harms of imprisonment and the search for a ‘real utopia’
Dr Andrew Henley (Keele University)
Criminal records checks and the regulation of redemption: a delegation of the power to punish?
Dr Rich Moth (Liverpool Hope University)
From psychiatric abuse to psycho-compulsion: shifting sites of discipline in contemporary mental health and welfare policy reform
Dr Zaki Nahaboo (Liverpool Hope University)
Disciplining refuge in The Calais Jungle
Hannah Wilkinson (Keele University)
The military as a continuation site of discipline and conflict: ‘it was either join the army, or go to jail’
April 26, 2018
Criminology and Public Theology: On Justice, Mercy and Forgiveness – Edge Hill University
A seminar hosted by the Department of Law and Criminology and sponsored by the North West Branch of the British Society of Criminology and the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), Edge Hill University
The seminar brought together leading academics from theology and criminology – two disciplines that have seldom interacted – in a cross-disciplinary discussion to consider the potential contribution that Christian theology can make to criminological debates on justice, mercy and forgiveness. The starting point for the seminar was , “At the heart of the Christian tradition is a radical critique of the concept of punishment” (Chris Wood, 1991:72). At a time when the penal system is in crisis it is perhaps right to consider such challenges to criminal justice orthodoxy.
List of speakers:
Dr Aaron Pycroft (Reader in Criminal Justice and Social Complexity, University of Portsmouth)
Saint Paul amongst the criminologists
Prof Andrew Millie (Professor of Criminology, Edge Hill University)
Public theology, criminology and hope
Dr Alistair McFadyen (Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, University of Leeds)
On having and loving enemies – Terror, torture, policing … and theology!
Prof Jonathan Burnside (Professor of Biblical Law, Law School, University of Bristol)
Why does Israel obey the law? Legitimacy and compliance in Biblical Law
Prof Loraine Gelsthorpe (Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Cambridge)
Am I my brother’s or sister’s keeper?
Prof Tim Gorringe (Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies, University of Exeter)
Slaves to defunct theologians: Religion, structures of affect and penal theory of practice
Dr Eric Stoddart (Lecturer, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews)
The restoration gaze
Prof Lawrence Burke (Professor of Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University)
The ‘quality of mercy’ in probation practice
Revd Dr Myra Blyth (Fellow in Practical Theology, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford)
Rituals of restoration: Understanding restorative conferencing and eucharistic sharing through the lens of ritual studies.
10 May 2017
Hosted by the Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, University of Lancaster Law School.
Ethical issues in criminological research are an increasingly complex matter. Consideration of issues around safety, informed consent, ‘guilty knowledge’ and disclosure, the limits of ‘participation’ in participant observation, the protection of vulnerable populations and so on, leads to a complex set of interlinked concerns. The aim of this one day conference is to examine these issues more closely. Invited speakers have conducted research which brought with it specific ethical considerations and will present papers outlining how these were tackled and ‘overcome’.
|Prof. Teela Sanders (Keynote)||University of Leicester||Sex industry|
|Dr. Raphael Schelmbach||University of Brighton||Policing protest; activist research|
|Dr. Anthony Ellis||Salford University||Male violence & far right politics|
|Dr. Irene Zempi||Nottingham University||Islamophobia|
|Dr. Jennifer Fleetwood||Goldsmiths, UoL||Female drug mules|
|Joanna Hill||University College London||Wildlife poaching in Uganda|
|Dr. Karenza Moore||Lancaster University||Drug use; illegal leisure|
|Dr. Gary Potter||Lancaster University||Cannabis cultivation|
|Dr. Sarah Kingston||Lancaster University||Prostitution|
The event took place at Lancaster University, Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences, Main Room.
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018 9.15am – 4.45pm
Venue: De Montfort University
This conference will bring together both scholars and practitioners with an interest and passion for debate in the developing field of emotion and criminal justice.
Following the success of our first conference in 2016, we continue the lively discussion with our exciting conference programme which will draw upon national and international research, and offer important perspectives to the debate about emotions in this sector.
We are extremely pleased to welcome both Professor Rob Canton and Jason Warr of De Montfort University as our keynote speakers. There will also be a series of stimulating workshops which reflect current research on emotion in the criminal justice context.
This conference was run by De Montfort University’s Criminal Justice Research Group’s Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster.
What is Digital Criminology? Exploiting technology to enhance rehabilitation
Monday March 5, 2018
This session offered three insights into the ways in which technology can facilitate rehabilitation and help boost recovery and desistance for offenders of crime. There is a small yet growing raft of research which has focused on this area within criminology. Much focus has been on how technology is facilitating criminal activity. This session, deviates from this growing trend in criminology and reports in detail how digitization is currently been employed and how rehabilitative agendas can be assisted by technology.
Our speakers include:
Dr Victoria Knight– De Montfort University UK
Steven Van De Steene– Smart Corrections Belgium
Jason Morris- Interventions Team- HMPPS UK
Dr James Tangen – De Montfort University UK
December 13, 2017. 6-8pm, Trinity Chapel, De Montfort University, Leicester
We welcomed three esteemed experts to reflect on their own contributions to the field of punishment. Professor Rob Canton’s recent book Why Punish? An Introduction to the Philosophy of Punishment prompted us to think about punishment. The evening reflected on Rob’s important question to consider how our society responds to and deals with punishment.
Professor Rob Canton, DMU
Professor Anne Worrall, Keele University
Professor Gavin Dingwall, DMU
Wednesday November 15, 2017
Vijay Patel Building Room 2.02, De Montfort University
This event was free.
Chair: Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
Panel session members:
Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
Kim Sadique, Senior Lecturer in Community & Criminal Justice, De Montfort University
Dr Irene Zempi, Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University
Hate crime has become an increasingly pernicious problem in many parts of the world, with numbers of incidents rising to record levels and causing devastating emotional and physical damage to victims, their families and wider communities. Within the UK last June’s EU referendum result was the catalyst for a surge in reports of targeted violence, while similar spikes have been seen within the US since the election of President Trump after a prolonged campaign of heated rhetoric and a slow disavowal of white supremacy. Equally alarming levels of hate crime have been documented across Europe with populist political parties in countries such as France, Denmark, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands exploiting anti-immigrant sentiment, fuelling the scapegoating of particular minority groups and feeding off widely-held anxieties.
Within this context the need for fresh responses to hate crime has become all the more pressing. Despite progress within the domains of scholarship and policy, these escalating levels of hate crime – and the associated rise in tensions, demonisation and hostility towards ‘difference’ that accompanies such spikes – casts doubt over the effectiveness of existing measures and their capacity to protect victims of hate crime. As such, this session draws from extensive fieldwork conducted by the panel members to examine the nature, impact and implications of hate crime. In addition to identifying the different forms that hate crime can take and their associated harms, the panel consider ways in which existing faultlines within criminal justice responses compound the sense of distress and alienation felt by victims from a diverse range of communities. They also explore ways in which criminological debate can reach beyond its own echo chamber to connect with ‘real-world’ hate crime responses and experiences, and call for urgent action to plug the ever-widening chasm between state-level narratives and victims’ lived realities.
5th July 2017, De Montfort University
Dr Irene Zempi
Since the Macpherson Report, there has been pressure on the police to increase diversity of police staff. Although British police have recently recruited greater numbers of minority police officers, they still remain vastly outnumbered by their white, heterosexual, male counterparts. Drawing on data from qualitative interviews with 20 participants based in a force in the UK, we examined police officers’ experiences of hostility, discrimination and exclusion internally in the police (Mawby & Zempi, 2016). Although there is a lot of research focusing on police officers’ experiences of racism in the police, other aspects of their identity remain under-researched. In this study, we employed intersectionality (the presence of multiple aspects of identity) in order to examine police officers’ experiences of bias, prejudice and ‘hate’ perpetrated by work colleagues and supervisors. The findings show widespread hostility, discrimination and exclusion towards minority police officers, especially those with multiple and intersecting personal identities.
9 May 2017
Professor Robert Reiner, LSE
‘Crime: The mystery of a common-sense concept’ 4pm, Mayfield House, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton.
Insa Koch (LSE)
The Paradox of Punishment: an Anthropology of Crime, Politics and Welfare at the UK’s Margins
Ben Crewe (Cambridge), Alison Liebling (Cambridge), Yvonne Jewkes (Brighton)
Panel on ‘Deep Imprisonment’
Jenni Ward (Middlesex)
Transforming Justice: Modernisation in the Lower Criminal Courts
Jen Turner (Liverpool)
‘The Prison Boundary: Between Society and Carceral Space’
10 January 2018
Beth Weaver (Strathclyde)
Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex)
‘Political Violence: A Typology’
8 November 2017
Annette Ballinger (Keele)
Women convicted of homicide
11 October 2017
Scott Decker (Arizona)
The Promise of Ethnography: Gangs, Active Offenders and Policy
May 8, 2018
Room 214 Babbage Building, University of Plymouth
Everyday Talk and Children’s Sense of (In)Justice: some examples from a school setting.
Richard Sparks and Marion Smith, Edinburgh University
Are All Radical Initiatives in Penal Policy Doomed to Fail?
Richard Sparks, Edinburgh University
13 December 2016
Dr Steve Wakeman from the Centre for Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion, Liverpool John Moores University presented: RETHINKING HEROIN IN ‘AUSTERITY BRITAIN’: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY.
Abstract: This presentation provided an overview of the main findings from an (auto)ethnographic exploration of heroin use in a disadvantaged area of the United Kingdom. Drawing on recent developments in Continental philosophy and criminological theory, questions will be posed around the ways in which changing patterns of heroin use can best be understood. The implications of such understandings will then be considered in the context of wider debates about drug treatment methods and drug policy revision. A core claim running through the presentation is this: in the UK’s rapidly evolving landscape of intoxication, criminologists in particular must not lose sight of the growing array of problems faced by a small but significant section of long-term problematic heroin users.
Dr Steve Wakeman is a senior lecturer in criminology, based in the Centre for Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests fall across three fields: drugs, media, and theoretical criminology. For details of his published works and ongoing research projects go to:
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