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Crimes of the Powerful Working group: Launch Event Friday 5th June 2015 at Abertay University, Dundee

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be launching the Crimes of the Powerful working group with a 1 day conference 9.30am (until approx. 6pm) on Friday 5th June 2015 at Abertay University, Dundee. The event will include a series of panels, Q and As and workshops entitled:

  • Crimes of the Powerful: Where are we now?
  • Researching the Crimes of the Powerful
  • Resisting and Contesting the Crimes of the Powerful

We are delighted to be able to confirm the following speakers: Monish Bhatia (Abertay University) Graham Campbell (Secretary of the Ethnic Minority Civic Congress Scotland and Convener of Black Lives Matter, Glasgow), Victoria Canning (The Open University) Hazel Croall (Emeritus Professor of Criminology), Will Jackson (LJMU), Tobias Kelly (The University of Edinburgh), Helen Monk (LJMU), Spencer Chumbley (VICE; Al Jazeera) and Steve Tombs (The Open University) with additional speaker announcements forthcoming from various academic institutions and activist groups.

The event will also include the development of the draft Crimes of the Powerful Working Group Manifesto through contributions from attendees on the day, which was kindly drafted by Steve Tombs (Open University) and David Whyte (University of Liverpool) last year. To summarise some of the key aims of the group at this initial stage:

The Crimes of the Powerful working group seeks to provide a network and database for teachers, researchers, students and activists across and beyond Europe who have an interest studying and confronting corporate and state crimes and harms – in their various forms. The working group will provide an opportunity to share our knowledge of corporate and state harm and help establish new links with activists and academics who critically engage with the current forms, extent and nature of such crimes and harms. The working group will thus provide an opportunity to connect local campaigns with a wider network through which we can collectively provide solidarity and support. The working group also aims to foster a greater understanding of criminal and harmful corporate and state activities; offer possibilities for collaborative research; and work towards emancipatory change.

Please note that the event is free but we would ask that you please register your attendance through the Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/resisting-crimes-of-the-powerful-tickets-16119829845 

If you have an queries at this initial stage please do not hesitate to ask by emailing. Any queries relating to the Crimes of the Powerful Working Group to: 

Samantha Fletcher: samantha.fletcher@staffs.ac.uk

Any queries relating to the event venue including questions about travel and accommodation to:

Monish Bhatia: m.bhatia@abertay.ac.uk

With very best wishes

Samantha (Fletcher) and Jessica (Dietzler) Co-ordinators for the inaugural meeting for the Working Group for the study of the Crimes of the Powerful c/o European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and Monish (Bhatia) Secretary for the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

Undergraduate Conferences

Our very first undergraduate/postgraduate conference was held at Liverpool John Moores University on Monday 7th April 2014.  The conference was organised by students and staff at Liverpool John Moores University and provided an opportunity for undergraduates studying ‘crime’, deviance and social control at a number of universities in the North West of England to present papers based upon research undertaken for their dissertations.  The student papers broadly reflected the key principles and priorities of the European Group. Alongside undergraduates there were also presentations from MA/MRes and PhD students talking about their research and the transition to postgraduate study.  

Papers from the conference were published in a special edition of our newsletter in July 2014.