Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Plenary at Postgraduate Conference: “They think they know you…” On becoming (an)other

Dr. Patrick Williams – University of Manchester

The perennial question of ethnic disparity has recently received political attention highlighting a stubborn difference in the treatment of black, mixed-race, Asian and other minority ethnic groups in their encounters with the agencies of the Criminal Justice system of England and Wales (Lammy 2017). While the discipline of Criminology has periodically (dis)engaged in conceptualising the drivers of a race-crime nexus, this paper moves to disambiguate the disciplinary and analytical drivers that encourage the isolation of racialised groups and communities as ‘crime prone’. To this end, and in defiance of the othering and pathologising tendencies of mainstream criminologies, I propose the adoption of a more interventionist social research (Clarke, et al 2018), which foregrounds the narratives of the policed through which the pervasiveness of processes of criminalisation can be revealed. That, “they think they know you” signals the affirmation of memoried criminalising constructs imbued upon black and brown bodies. Consequently, this paper argues that ethnic disparity is driven not by levels of criminality, but has endured intergenerationally as a product of the ‘risk’-making and guilt-producing function(s) of contemporary policing and criminal justice policy and practices.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Plenary 1: Climate Change and Criminology: What is to be Done?

Professor Rob White – University of Tasmania

Criminology and criminologists have largely been silent in regards the most pressing and life changing issue of the current age – namely, global warming. This presentation discusses the politics of dissent and the ways criminology can engage against climate change contrarianism ideology and practice. This includes public criminology that incorporates social activism and civil disobedience in pursuit of climate justice, as well as appeal to concepts such as ecocide and state-corporate crime. The presentation also discusses the politics of intent and the ways criminology can concretely intervene around climate change mitigation and adaptation. Drawing from areas such as crime prevention and critical forensic studies, this includes adoption of innovative measures to address the harms associated with climate disruption. Simultaneous engagement in actions against carbon criminality and for eco-justice signals an important strategic pathway for criminology, one that must be transformational if climate justice is to be achieved and ecocide forestalled.

Thursday 4th July 2019

Plenary 2: Theorising Violence and Society

Professor Sylvia Walby – City, University of London

Zero violence is a widely held goal around the world. The UN Sustainable Development Goals include ‘signficantly reduced death rates’ (Target 16.1) and aim to ‘end all violence against women and girls (Target 5.2). How to get there is contested in both the public and academic spheres. There is a classic division between a focus on punitive measures to deter and a focus on reducing inequalities to remove incentives. There is also a significant gap between the ‘end violence against women’ project and that of ‘the left’. This affects not only inter-personal violence (e.g. violent crime) but also approaches to peace and war (e.g. Brexit, Lexit and the EU). Why? The paper addresses competing theoretical frameworks behind these different positions, and their implications for practice. In this way, the paper addresses the conference theme of ‘public criminologies: communities, conflict and justice’.

Thursday 4th July 2019

Plenary 3: (Panel) – Activism, Advocacy and Academia

Sheila Coleman – Justice Campaigner

Marcia Rigg – Sean Rigg Justice and Change Campaign

Deborah Coles – INQUEST

Dr David Scott – Open University

Friday 5th July 2019

Plenary 4 (Panel) – Harm and the Neo-Liberal University

Professor David Whyte – University of Liverpool

Dr. Victoria Canning – University of Bristol

Dr. Waqas Tufail – Leeds Beckett University