A three-day conference titled ‘Political Violence and Social Change’ is being held at Middlesex University involving paper presentations from criminology academics and postgraduate students across several European universities.
Criminology academics will showcase their research based around the conference theme delivering papers on topics such as ‘Criminal Justice and the Politics of Violence’, ‘Extremist Networks: Imagined Communities and the Curse of Diversity’, ‘State Mandated Intolerance and the Rise in Hate Crimes’.
The student-focused conference which runs from Monday morning to Wednesday evening in the College Building is hosted by Middlesex and the Department of Criminology and Sociology.
“Students studying criminology across different European universities have the chance to hear the research of fellow postgraduates and the opportunity to engage in dialogue and debate and the exchange ideas and perspectives for the advance of critical criminology," Jenni Ward, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Middlesex is one of nine universities taking part in this Common Studies Session in Critical Criminology which has been running as a cross-European study programme since 1984 with conferences held twice a year in the different partner universities.
The other eight universities are: Kent, Vilnius, Utrecht, Hungary, Hamburg, Ghent, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and City University New York.
The aim of the project has been to develop a ‘common instructional framework in criminal justice and criminology’.
Jenni Ward, a Senior Lecturer in Criminology who has helped organise the conference, said: “Students studying criminology across different European universities have the chance to hear the research of fellow postgraduates and the opportunity to engage in dialogue and debate and exchange ideas and perspectives for the advance of critical criminology.”
In May 2015, Middlesex last hosted the conference and is proud to host it on this occasion with contributions from Middlesex Criminology postgraduates giving papers on their Masters dissertation research covering topics of youth violence and challenges to criminal justice, sex trafficking in the context of migration, terrorism and stimulant drugs misuse.
Other highlight papers are by two academics from Utrecht University and City University New York – Dr Damian Zaitch and Professor David Brotherton – who present their research on Tuesday.
Dr Zaitch’s work is titled ‘The Harms of Dams: A Criminological Perspective and Prof Brotherton’s is ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It? Credible Messengers and their Impacts’.
In the final Common Studies Session Middlesex University Professors Kevin McDonald (Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology) and Vincenzo Ruggiero (Professor of Sociology), will lead the event placing the conference theme "Political Violence and Social Change" and their own research at the forefront of current debate.
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