March 29, 2021 – This was recorded and is available via YouTube
This interdisciplinary event brought together academics from Criminology, Arts & Humanities, Education, and practitioners from the Criminal Justice System to share innovation in learning and teaching. The event was joint-funded by the British Society of Criminology Learning and Teaching Network and the Welsh Branch of the British Society of Criminology, and hosted by Swansea University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.
BSC Early Career Researchers Network – ECR Meet up
Wednesday 12th May 5pm-6.15pm
All Early Career Researchers are invited to attend our next meet up. Dr Sarah Charman from University of Portsmouth will be providing a personal perspective of her experience as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. She will reflect on her role, and give some tips, from her own personal experience, on submitting to a journal.
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Crime does not occur randomly, it tends to be concentrated in places that are ‘risky’. These places include a range of settings such as convenience stores, parks, and transit stations, even confined to particular street corners, depending on the crime. However, our understanding of the places and settings that attract disproportionately high levels of crimes is still in its infancy.
In this seminar series, we invite prominent national and international scholars to offer us their perspective on the nature of risky places for crime and policy responses in different contexts.
April 22, 2021 17:30 CET
Risky Places and Public Housing: Understanding Gun Violence in NYC
Many New Yorkers today enjoy a far safer and less risky city than the 1990’s — 2000’s , in every borough and by nearly any measure. But as New York City’s violent crime retreated, it continued to cluster both geographically and demographically. In particular, New York City’s public housing residents in the last twenty years came to suffer from growing and often extreme levels of gun violence—even as shootings plummeted citywide to half the national rate. In NYC, gun violence has decreased 24.2% in New York City between 2011-2015, but during this same time period, shootings increased 8% in public housing and are now five times greater than the city average. In several NYC public housing developments, some gun violence victimization rates are ninety times higher than the citywide rate – these public housing developments have become the ’riskiest places’ in NYC.
(more dates to be announced)
All lectures will be held in English. The chairs of the series are Prof. Vania Ceccato, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Associate Professor Andrew Newton, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
More information here
Jessica Cleary, University of Stirling
April 21, 2021
Although supporting individuals to refrain from criminal behaviour long term is now a central focus of most criminal justice policies and practices in Scotland, it has been argued that desistance theories fail to avoid the androcentricity to which most criminological theories are prone. Indeed, they often remain male-centric, individualistic and ignore the interlocking structural contexts of race, class and gender. Yet, critical research into female’s desistance has begun to highlight several gendered ‘pains’ that hinder this complex process for women which this upcoming seminar will explore. Through the context of her ongoing PhD research into how Scotland’s criminal justice system responds to women who offend, Jessica will discuss the emerging intersectional field of desistance from crime research through a gendered lens.
Online | Free to attend
April 21, 2021 5pm-6pm
Children and young people going through the criminal court system have very distinct vulnerabilities and needs. Many of these children come from some of the most dysfunctional and chaotic families where drug and alcohol misuse, physical and emotional abuse and offending is common. In comparison to the general and adult population many have complex neurodevelopmental and communication needs which limit their ability to understand court proceedings.
Young defendants with communication difficulties are offered limited support to understand and participate in court proceedings. This contrasts with young witnesses or victims who are supported through the criminal court process by having a registered intermediary, to aid with communication between the court and the young person. In this session, Prof. Raymond Arthur will use Fineman’s concept of vulnerability to question the liberal rationality that governs young people’s experiences of navigating a criminal trial and the illiberal values that view the provision of an intermediary for young people accused of a crime as a privilege rather than a right.
Hosted by Northumbria University
Online | Free to attend
Seminar series at London South Bank University
All seminars start at 3:30 pm. Free. On-line. Open to all.
Dr Esmorie Miller
Wednesday, 28th April 2021
Title: What’s it all About Jose? The Historic Invention of Black, Racialized Deviant, in English Youth Justice
Dr Deborah Jump
Wednesday, 5th May 2021 (new date)
Title: Cure de Jour: exploring the potential of boxing as a mechanism for change among vulnerable groups
Dr Federica Rossi
Wednesday, 19th May 2021
Title: Clemency in punitive times: the declining use of amnesty and pardon in Italy and France
Professor Steve Tombs
Wednesday 9th June 2021 (new date)
Title: States, Corporations and the Production of Social Harm
Online | Free to attend
Wednesday 28th April 13.00 to 16.30
The British Journal of Community Justice are pleased to be co-hosting this seminar with colleagues at the Criminal Justice Alliance. Bringing together, policy, practice and research we will examine the potential for restorative practice to be applied across the criminal justice system in the UK and other jurisdictions.
More details here
Online | Free to attend
Ex-Combatants’ Claims to Moral Legitimacy
May 12, 2021 • 17-18:30h (UK time)
This lecture uses data from research on male and female ex-combatants in Northern Ireland, Republican and Loyalist, to address the moral claims to legitimacy they make in order to render their decision to engage in violence as rational and inevitable. These claims do not denude them of moral responsibility for their actions, but frame their actions as morally legitimate as a way of managing the problem of moral responsibility. Six claims to moral legitimacy are made: they were reluctant combatants; the decision to take up arms and to continue was emotionally problematic and not lightly taken; they were protecting their own community; they have been heavily involved in subsequent conflict transformation; the legacy of that decision leaves heavy suffering and costs to this day; and people should be judged on what they do now for conflict transformation, not on the past.
John David Brewer HDSSc, MRIA, FRSE, FAcSS, FRSA and is a former President of the British Sociological Association and Professor of Post Conflict Studies in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast and Honorary Professor Extraordinary, Stellenbosch University . He is a member of the United Nations Roster of Global Experts for his work on peace processes. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2012 from Brunel University for services to social science. John Brewer is Series Editor for the Palgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict Book Series and Co-Editor of the Bristol University Press Book Series on Public Sociology.
June 24-25, 2021
This workshop is co-hosted by the Global Criminal Justice Hub of the Oxford Centre for Criminology (United Kingdom), and the Programa Delito y Sociedad, Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina).
This workshop is a response to the historical Northern, Western-centric feature of criminology and the unequal relations of subordination and dependency which has shaped the production of knowledge in the field. It aims to bring contemporary changes and historical continuities in punishment in peripheral countries into the centre of the discussion. We welcome contributions which engage with punishment at peripheral contexts, broadly speaking, and shed light into the complexities of penal trends in these societies, both in relation to change but also persistence, describing and explaining them from different methodological and theoretical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the legacies of imperialism and colonialism in order to understand contemporary penality in postcolonial contexts as well as the importance of travels from the central countries of penal ideas and techniques that influenced penal practices in peripheral contexts.
See website for more details
Hybrid or Online | Free to attend
July 7, 2021
Part of the University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies’ workshop series.
This workshop will explore ‘online harms’ in youth digital culture. There is ongoing public and political debate around protecting young people from online harms and the risks connected to their use of digital media. These risks and harms relate to sex and relationships, exploitation and grooming, (cyber)bullying and harassment, ‘addiction’ and overuse of digital media, among other issues.
The call for contributors is now open and registrations will open on 22nd March.
Professor Andy Phippen, University of Plymouth
Professor Emma Bond, University of Suffolk
Dr Emily Setty, University of Surrey
Dr Emily Setty, Department of Sociology
Online | Free to attend