2018 – BSC Annual Conference – Birmingham – Transforming Criminology: Rethinking Crime in a Changing World
It was possibly our hottest conference ever. The temperatures soared and the papers presented were sizzling.
- Conference details
- BJC Virtual Issue
- Turning conference papers into publications
- Postgraduate Posters Summary
British Society of Criminology Conference committee:
- Dr. Adam Lynes (Academic Lead / Chair of conference)
- Melindy Brown (Vice-Chair)
- Professor Elizabeth Yardley (Head of Centre for Applied Criminology)
- Cristiana Cardoso (Conference Administration)
- Kevin Hoffin (Social Media Guru)
- Saabirah Osman (Social Media Guru)
- Dr Aidan O’Sullivan (Post Graduate Lead)
- Claire Dobson
This award was made to Professor Frances Heidensohn. She was nominated by Marisa Silvestri and Rachel Condry.
It’s that time of year again when we come together as a group to celebrate our achievements and this certainly looks set to be an impressive year. For those of us lucky enough to have ever won anything these awards recognise a snapshot of our accomplishments, be it for the best paper or for the best book. But the Outstanding Achievement award is so much more than this – so much more than an individual piece of work. This award recognises the production over time of a significant body of work which amounts to an outstanding and sustained contribution to enhancing the discipline’s interests on the national or international stage. We are absolutely delighted to announce Professor Frances Heidensohn as this year’s winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award. Frances has made an outstanding contribution to the discipline itself and to those who work within it – these are distinct things. Being an outstanding academic both in intellectual terms and on a personal level is a rare combination indeed and when we find this, we should celebrate it. [ Full nomination available here]
In accepting this prestigious award Professor Heidensohn gave the following speech:
Thank you so very much. I am most grateful to the BSC Executive for selecting me for this award, to my proposers, Marisa Silvestri and Rachel Condry, to Charlotte and Helen from the BSC who have been extremely helpful in organising my presence here, and for inviting my family and my friend Jan Jordan from New Zealand to join me & support me tonight.
It is great to see so many friends & colleagues are here too.
It is especially appropriate to receive this award in Birmingham, my home city, where I was born and grew up. lndeed, l lived on the east side of the city and took the 56 bus past the BCU campus and on to school in Edgbaston.
But this isn’t the time for anecdotes nor too much reminiscence but for some reflection on the two themes bringing us together tonight: careers & conferences and particularly the theme of this 2018 conference `Transforming Criminology’. Full speech available here
Victoria Canning is a Lecturer in Criminology at the Open University, UK (soon to be moving to Bristol University). Her book, Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System (2017, Routledge), can be previewed here. In accepting the award Victoria said:
The current architecture of the British Asylum System is increasingly one of harm, where degradation and denigration have replaced a sense of safety or belonging. Destitution has become common place; access to social justice in the form of refugee status has been diminished by reductions to legal aid; and poverty keeps some women tied to violent partners, dependent on spousal visas or financial income. Whilst the Home Office targets traffickers as criminal gangs, their own actions increasingly mirror the ‘gangs’ that they target: threatening deportations, removing autonomy, and moving individuals and families across countries through dispersal policies.
These are not by-products of a broken system. Almost all of the social problems outlined in Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System are the outcomes of socio-political decisions – of carefully orchestrated polices and legislation which work to Other, to deter, to remove. This is structural and institutional violence.
As criminologists, we must question our role in singularly documenting the harms and violences that we see in the lives of people we collaborate with or ‘study’. It is time that we systematically name structural violence when we see it; to use the powers of academia and activism to dismantle violent hierarchies which subjugate those who are most powerless in society, and hold accountable those who inflict harm – states and corporations included. The problems we see are seldom accidental, thus they are not inevitable: they are designed, and as such we can work to dismantle and redesign them.
After the presentation, a spontaneous auction was held for a book that Victoria wanted to highlight. Available from News From Nowhere, ‘Migrant Artists Mutual Aid: Strategies for Survival, Recipes for Resistance’ is available for just £7.00 and all proceeds of this book will go toward the Migrant Artists Mutual Aid legal fund, to ensure all women have representation at immigration tribunals, so that no one is forced to face state representatives alone. Make your own small act of support by buying it.
We are thrilled to have been awarded the BSC National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology. Our vision was to deliver an innovative and inspiring module to better equip our students with employability skills as they enter the competitive job market. We prioritised empowering our students to help increase their self-confidence and as a result they produced some incredibly creative and thought-provoking work, that we know will help them to succeed in the future. It would not have been possible without the hard work and vision of the team and our partnership organisations. We are all very proud of team Hallam and our students”- Sarah, Alex and Catrin.
‘Transforming Criminology’ was not just a theme: but a statement of intent. The articles chosen for this ‘Virtual Issue’ contain ten such articles. Ten articles that successfully carry the spirit of transformative criminology.
As always, our Conference featured a range of speakers, lots of time for Q&A, and participation from academics, authors, publishers and practitioners. Below is a list of keynote speakers
Edmond Clark, artist-in-residence (2014-2018) at HMP Grendon.
Dr Ben Crewe, Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre and Reader in Penology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.
Professor Jeff Ferrell, Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK.
Professor Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent.
Professor Michael Levi, Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University.
Dr Thomas Raymen, Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law, Criminology and Government at Plymouth University.
Professor David Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Birmingham City University.
Conference Update, Birmingham City Conference Committee
Thoughts from the BSC Conference, Susie Atherton, University of Northampton.
Travelling without a map: conference drifting, Stefania Armasu, Elaine de Vos, Rhiannon Lovell, Liam Miles and Jeff Ferrell.
Criminology and policing – meeting in the middle, Gareth Stubbs.