January 27 & 28, 2021
Due to unprecedented circumstances the last 12 months have seen many environmental issues garner less and less attention in social, political and media circles. However, this has diminished neither their presence nor importance, and has instead raised important questions about their occurrence against a background of wider contextual fractures. For instance, how have the transitions seen since the start of 2020 influenced environmental harms and those who choose to study them? Why should those with an eye on these rapid social and political transformations still be mindful of environmental crimes and harms that continue to occur over the same period? This Twitter conference attempts to answer these questions, among others, to understand how environmental issues in the non-human world intersect with those occurring in their human counterpart. The legacies of these transformations are likely to be with us for some time, and accounting for the ways in which they entwine with one another is going to be of increasing importance.
Everyone who is presenting their work will also include #Greencrime2021 in their tweets
BSC Early Career Researchers Network
Wednesday 24th February 5-6 pm ECR informal meet up
All Early Career Researchers are invited to attend our first meet up via Zoom.
Thank to those who complete our questionnaire last year – we have arranged the following in response to your feedback. We are conscious of the many pressures everyone is experiencing currently and wish to set up a safe space for discussion about research, surviving online teaching, juggling PhD, managing workload, uncertainty and anything else you wish to talk about!
This will be an informal catch up which also provides the opportunity for you to meet with peers.
We hope to run more of these over the forthcoming months, current suggested themes include writing book proposals, applying for jobs, grant writing but we welcome suggestions from attendees.
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March 29, 2021 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
This interdisciplinary event brings together academics from Criminology, Arts & Humanities, Education, and practitioners from the Criminal Justice System to share innovation in learning and teaching. The event is 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.
The day focuses on the role of Public Criminology from a Public Education viewpoint, more specifically:
- Higher Education’s role in facilitating desistance from offending.
- The potential of co-production between academics and young people engaged in education to reduce future offending
- The impact of public education programmes in bringing about change to policy and practice
The presentations will provide practical examples of teaching practice in Public Education, with speakers sharing how they have reconceptualised Public Criminology. As such, the day will appeal to those interested in the role of Criminology and its ability, through learning and teaching, to make a different to individuals and society. The event will also be of interest to those new to teaching, postgraduate research students wishing to develop their skills in this area, and those looking to develop Impact Case Studies.
Please email any queries to:
- Associate Professor Debbie Jones, Department of Criminology, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University
- Associate Professor Mark Jones, College of Arts & Humanities, Swansea University.
- Dr Anthony Charles, Department of Criminology, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University
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28 January – 18 November 2021
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.
Register for the webinar via ZOOM
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
Centre for Criminology (University of Essex)
- January 28 [co-organised with CRESI, the Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation at Essex]–Emily Kenway, ‘The Truth about Modern Slavery’ (Pluto Book, 2021). 4-5pm on Zoom.
- February 18—Prof Nick Mai, The University of Newcastle Australia, ‘Sex Work, Migration and Trafficking: negotiating agency and exploitation in the global sex industry’. 4-5pm on Zoom.
- March 18—Dr Lambros Fatsis, The University of Brighton, ‘Beat Cops: What the Policing of UK Grime & Drill Music Teaches us about Police Racism in the UK’. 4-5pm on Zoom.
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February 2, 2021 6pm – 7.30pm
It has become common in trials for allegedly gang-related crimes to use rap lyrics and videos as evidence of gang membership or even of involvement in particular crimes. How reliable or fair is this kind of evidence, particularly when given by police officers as “experts” on “gang culture”?
In this seminar Dr Eithne Quinn, a scholar of rap music who has appeared as an expert in a number of trials will introduce the “Rap on Trial” research project which she leads, and a panel of speakers will discuss the legal and criminological aspects of rap as evidence in Britain and the US.
- Dr Eithne Quinn, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, University of Manchester
- Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah, Assistant Professor of Law, LSE
- Charis E. Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, University of California, Irvine
- Tony Ward, Professor of Law, Northumbria University.
See website for registration details
Online | Free to attend
Book Launch: Crime and Power (2021)
February 3, 5pm-6pm
Professor Tanya Wyatt and Professor Pam Davies in conversation with Professor Peter Francis
This co-authored book Crime and Power exposes crimes committed by those wielding unfettered personal power, and crimes by corporations, business and states, crimes against human and non-human species and the environment. Tanya Wyatt and Pam Davies explore an increasingly complex interplay of issues that surely should be at the heart of criminological inquiry and indeed any criminology programme. This text adopts a fresh and innovative approach to exposing the crimes of the powerful, situating and understanding crimes and victimisations as it does within a framework where questions of structural and personal power in society are key.
Fourteen case studies are threaded throughout the book and this methodology is used as a teaching resource for studying and uncovering the crimes of the powerful. The first three chapters comprehensively contextualise the problems of crime and power and establish the importance of power to understanding crime and victimisation in society. The chapters within Part 1 and Part 2 of the book then explore individual and group power respectively. Each of these chapters explore a case study or case examples followed by ‘Pause for Thought’ questions. Bigger ‘Go Further’ study questions are posed at the close of these chapters challenging students to engage in their own case study research to investigate the dynamics of crime and power.
Tanya Wyatt and Pam Davies are Professors of Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University.
To register for this free seminar, please complete the form here
Online | Free to attend
2nd Winter Economic Crime Symposium 2021
February 4, 2021
Hosted by the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, University of Portsmouth.
Economic crime scholarship presents an organisation as a double-edge sword. On the one hand, organisations are cheated by their employees, discriminated by corrupt public officials, and face cyber-attacks, whereas on the other hand, organisations evade taxes, defraud their customers, and cheat competitors. While fraud, corruption, IP crime, and other forms of economic crime cause huge loss to individual organisations as well as the society at large, many of those crimes are committed by organisations themselves. Clearly, the network of relationships inside and between organisations is not simple: it should not be reduced to two groups, victims and perpetrators. This is why there is an increased societal demand in making corporations more responsible by implementing adequate internal ethics and compliance programmes to protect them from economic crime as well as from becoming criminogenic themselves. But when, how, and to what extent do ethics and compliance programmes work? It is evident that certain areas of economic crime, public policing and support of victimised organisations is vital. In other areas, perhaps, victimisation is linked to bad organisational culture and the lack of compliance. Join scholars, practitioners, and other experts for a discussion and reflection on the most important problems associated with economic crime in a new global era.
Online | Free to attend
February 11, 2021, 6.30pm -8.30pm
Register here: Criminology Between the Sheets: A Sex and Crime Book Tour
The University of Greenwich’s Gender, Deviance and Society Research Group is pleased to invite you on a book tour with a difference to mark the group’s latest publication ‘Sex and Crime’, part of the Key Approaches to Criminology series published by Sage. The textbook is aimed at undergraduate and converting-to-criminology postgraduate students and their lecturers. We invite you to join us for an evening of exploration, discussion, and intrigue.
Grounded by COVID-19, rather than taking the text on tour, we invite you to take a tour of this 15-chapter book in an interactive and accessible online event.
During the event, we will showcase some of the approaches we have adopted in this text, demonstrate some of the tools we use to explore potentially challenging topics with students and open-up for a discussion of some of the themes of this book and how to teach them.
This innovative textbook:
- Draws on the authors’ research expertise, insightful case studies, and leading scholarship from across the globe.
- Develops students’ capacity to engage thoughtfully with diverse problems and to think critically. This is achieved with the help of creative learning exercises, empathetic questioning, and relevant illustrative examples.
- Encourages readers to be reflexive, open-spirited, and curious about how issues of sex and crime touch their lives and those of people around them.
Online | Free to attend
- Chaired by Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Sussex
A postcolonial imagination within the social sciences is more urgent than ever. As the rise of contentious politics disfigures our contemporary landscape – both here in Europe and globally – there is a growing need to address the historical processes that are producing our present. In this webinar, Yasmeen Narayan and Sivamohan Valluvan, drawing on the resources of postcolonial theory, map the relationships between police violence and broader genealogies of the state, nationalism and racism, and their conjunctures with nationalist populisms, including left-populism.
Online | Free to attend
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
22-26 February, 2021
February 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Woolf report into the Strangeways prison protest; the longest and most significant prison protest in British prison history.
To mark this important occasion we are organising a series of online events between 22 and 26 February 2021.
Over five days, a range of expert speakers will discuss the events around the Strangeways prison protest, the official response, what has happened in prisons the intervening years, and what the future might hold.
Online | Free to attend
March 22-24, 2021
The LEPH2021 Conference Directors and Organisers are pleased to announce that the conference will take place as scheduled but as a virtual event.
See website for more details
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.
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Hybrid or Online | Free to attend