New University of Leicester criminology lecture series announced

Posted by pt91 at Jan 09, 2012 02:57 PM |
‘Scarman Lecture Series’ starting in January 2012 will cover riots, drugs and air pollution

Issued by University of Leicester on 23 December 2011

A series of lectures on topical crime issues has been re-launched by the University of Leicester.

The Department of Criminology used to run a series of public events called the ‘Scarman Lecture Series’ which it has revived for a series of public lectures scheduled for 2012.

The sequence kicks off on 11 January at 5pm when Professor Reece Walters from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, will speak on ‘Invisible Violence: Air Pollution and the Politics of Regulation in the UK’.

The impetus for governments to address the dangers of air and other environmental contaminants is often driven by the threats to commercial activities or the influence of property owners who perceive economical loss to their assets. This lecture explores the negative effects of air pollutants within Zizek’s framework of ‘violence’ and identifies how Criminology must continue to push new boundaries and engage with new horizons with emerging harmful acts of both local and global concern.

On 8 February at 4.30pm, Professor Tony Jefferson from Keele University will deliver a lecture on ‘The Riots 2011: Another Moral Panic or... What?’ Professor Jefferson will attempt to describe what happened, when and where it happened, and who was involved in the recent riots, based largely on the fairly exhaustive coverage by the Guardian newspaper and its reporters and commentators.

He has researched and published widely on questions to do with youth subcultures, the media, policing, race and crime, masculinity, fear of crime and, most recently, racial violence.

Looking further ahead, 13 June will see Professor Julian Buchanan considering ‘The damage caused by drugs, or the damage caused by drug policy?’

Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, said: “The Department of Criminology is delighted to welcome three distinguished, internationally renowned scholars to the University of Leicester.   

“The Scarman Lecture Series has always invited guest speakers who are working in areas that are topical, provocative and of interest to scholars, policy-makers and the wider public, and Professors Reece Walters (QUT, Brisbane, Australia) , Tony Jefferson (Keele University) and Julian Buchanan (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) will continue this tradition. Experts in pollution and 'green' criminology, riots and drugs respectively, these acclaimed speakers will re-launch this public lecture series in 2012.  Anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy a glass of wine with Reece, Tony and Julian after their lectures.”

All the lectures take place in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome Building on Wednesdays.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and followed by a wine reception. However, places are limited so please reserve your place by contacting Russell Knifton, rk191@le.ac.uk.

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