Scarman Lecture 2018: Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth

Series Name Department of Criminology, Scarman Lecture
Speaker Phil Scraton, Emeritus Professor, Queen's University Belfast
Type Lectures & Talks
When 26 Sep 2018, 05:00PM - 07:30PM
Venue Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson South Wing
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Department of Criminology - 0116 252 5792

Join us for our annual Scarman Lecture for 2018, Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth, delivered by Emeritus Professor Phil Scraton, Queens University, Belfast.

About the lecture

June 2016. A newly-elected US President embarked on world-wide daily pronouncements uninhibited by limitations of 140 characters. Nigel Farage presented a ‘breaking-point’ Brexit campaign poster depicting a line of desperate refugees, hauntingly close to earlier Nazipropaganda. ‘Post-truth’ was introduced into Oxford Dictionaries as ‘word of the year’, describing a politics in which ‘objective facts’ are ‘less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

In this lecture, Scraton explores the profound challenges involved in bearing witness to the ‘pain of others’. Recounting personal testimonies ‘from below’, revealing institutionalised deceit and pursuing ‘truth recovery’, he argues that dissenting voices are the foundation of hope, resistance and transformation.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing and drinks reception from 6.30pm. Book your free place at:

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