Professor Neil Chakraborti speaks at Scottish Festival of Politics

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 12, 2018 04:03 PM |
Leicester Criminologist was invited to the Scottish Parliament to discuss rising levels of hate crime
Professor Neil Chakraborti speaks at Scottish Festival of Politics

Neil (R) alongside fellow panelists Maureen McBride, Ghizala Avan and Chair Patrick Harvie.

Neil Chakraborti, Professor of Criminology and Director of the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies, spoke this week at the annual Scottish Festival of Politics taking place at the Scottish Parliament.

Professor Chakraborti took part in a panel session on Thursday 11 October chaired by Patrick Harvie MSP, Deputy Convener, Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. The panel explored issues associated with the rise of hate crime across the UK, and in particular the role of political organisations and civil society in challenging institutionalised disadvantage and discrimination and in encouraging improved reporting of hate incidents.

The panel was part of a programme of events taking place between Wednesday 10 October to Saturday 13 October which aims to inspire people of all ages and from all walks of like to engage and debate. Now in its 14th year, the Festival of Politics covers a range of topics, including major social, cultural and political anniversaries and movements that have swept the globe since 1918: from Suffrage to the #MeToo campaign; the end of the First World War and the importance of remembrance; Scotland’s Year of Young People; the politics of housing, disability and food banks; the impact and repercussions of Brexit, trade wars and a new Cold War; and a futures strand looking at mobile phone use and social media influence, a robot economy, and the changing face of public broadcasting.

Participants include political grandees Lord Michael Heseltine and Dame Margaret Hodge MP, historian Professor Emeritus Sir Tom Devine OBE, global best-selling author and academic Professor Mary Beard, Booker Prize winning novelist and poet Ben Okri, and social commentator and Orwell Prize winner Darren McGarvey aka Loki. The Festival of Politics also hosted the BBC’s flagship political programme, Question Time, as part of its schedule of events.

Further details about the Festival of Politics 2018 can be found here.

Find out more about the work of the Centre for Hate Studies.

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