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This series is host to episodes created by the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford which is part of the Faculty of Law, within the Social Sciences Division. The series reflects this department's world-leading research and teaching by providing talks that encompass topics such as rights and justice, politics, penal culture, crime and mental health and immigration.

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Historicising American Exceptionalism in Crime, Punishment and Inequality

All Souls Criminology Seminar Series - Prof. Niki Lacey


16 Jul 2019

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The Enemy In-Between: Ambivalence, Hostility, and Joint Enterprise

Dr Henrique Carvalho, University of Warwick

1hr 1min

25 Jun 2018

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Public trust and police legitimacy: Diversity and complexity in the 'global city'

Prof. Ben Bradford, University College London


15 Jun 2018

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All Souls Seminar Series: The Sexual Politics of Anti-Trafficking Discourse

The Sexual Politics of Anti-Trafficking Discourse The Sexual Politics of Anti-Trafficking Discourse

1hr 3mins

13 Mar 2019

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Creating More Peaceful Societies - Global Strategies to Reduce Interpersonal Violence by 50 Percent in 2040

Manuel Eisner, University of Cambridge

1hr 26mins

20 Nov 2018

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All Souls Seminar: 'Shared Beginnings? The Role of Race'

Dr. Coretta Philips and Dr. Alpa Parmar London School of Economics and University of Oxford

1hr 4mins

2 Aug 2018

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Colombian Outcast Youths and the Broken Promises of Transformative Justice

The peacebuilding literature has long emphasised that youth involvement is key to ensuring long-term peace. In the aftermath of the 'no' victory in the Colombian peace plebiscite, great emphasis has been placed on youth movements' push for peace. However, statistics on violent groups in Latin America show that these groups are largely made of young people. The position of young people at the crux between peacebuilding and perpetuation of violence needs to be contextually unpacked. While studies have tended to focus on youth movements, the question of how non-organised, (self-)marginalised youths relate to peacebuilding is largely unaddressed. Based on 9 months of ethnographic fieldwork with outcast adolescents in the conflict-affected town of San Carlos and marginal neighbourhoods in the close-by city Medellín, this paper addresses this gap.


14 Jan 2019

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All Souls: 'Pervasive Punishment' Making sense of mass supervision

Fergus McNeill introduces the main arguments from his recent book explaining the meanings of 'mass supervision’ and outlining its scale and social distribution, the processes by which it has been legitimated and its significance as a penal phenomenon. However, the main focus of this seminar will be on the lived experience of supervision, as revealed in conventional ethnographies and in his own recent work using creative methods to explore and represent what it is and how it feels to be supervised. In conclusion, Fergus will explore how mass supervision might be best resisted and restrained. Fergus McNeill is a Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow.

1hr 2mins

19 Feb 2019

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"Doing Civilization's Heavy Lifting": The State of Injustice in the United States

All Souls Criminology Seminar Series - Dr Tony Platt, University of California, Berkeley

1hr 2mins

16 Jul 2019

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How 'gangsters' become jihadists (and why most don't): Bourdieu, criminology and the crime-terrorism nexus

Professor Sveinung Sandberg

1hr 5mins

6 Nov 2018

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Centre for Criminology Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Careers

Panel: Jon Collins, Restorative Justice Council; Amrik Panaser, Oxford Youth Offending Service; Betsy Stanko, London Metropolitan Police; Rachel Taylor, Fisher Meredith, Solicitors: Michael Bochenek, Amnesty International.

1hr 15mins

30 Jun 2014

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All Souls Blog: The Politics of Global Policing

Professor Ben Bowling


19 Dec 2018

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Criminology at the periphery: understanding police work in the remote Northern islands of Scotland

Dr Anna Souhami, Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, gives a talk for the Criminology seminar series on 11th October 2018. Drawing on her ethnographic research in Shetland and the Western Isles, she made us question our understanding of 'place' and what it means when applied to criminological research. Dr Souhami began with the idea that there are limitations to our conceptual vocabulary, particularly within research that considers urban policing as the norm. Islands have been used as laboratories to test theories in the natural sciences, and Dr Souhami utilises a similar approach in order to 'explore the blind spots in the way we think' about policing.


24 Oct 2018

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Seeing and Seeing-as: Building a politics of visibility in criminology

All Souls Seminar: 1st February 2018. This paper is about problems of representation in criminology, and builds on a recent chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology (2017). It begins with the recognition that like other researchers, criminologists are engaged in a process of making things visible. That is, we try to get others to see something for the first time, or to see it in a new light, or to see it the 'right' way, countering fallacies and misrepresentations with good evidence. But criminology is a particularly fraught field because particular, and particularly domineering, imagery is so well established, analysed and embedded that it colonises political and popular imaginations. How can one represent injustice without reinforcing it, given that even critical representations tend to encourage particular associations? The paper focuses mainly on the case of prison, first to deconstruct the problematics of representation and, second, to suggest how these might be challenged and overcome, for example, by making visible aspects of punishment which are presently invisible. The paper draws on Science and Technology Studies (STS) to suggest alternative practices of representation, particularly relying on STS concepts of multiplicity, contradiction and absence. Finally, I connect the project of developing new representational practices to a progressive politics of criminology, hoping to stimulate debate in the seminar about the (appropriate) relationship of the descriptive and the normative in social science research.

1hr 9mins

6 Feb 2018

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Nordic Nationalism and Penal Order: Walling the Welfare State

All Souls Seminar, Centre for Criminology, Univeristy of Oxford, 18th January 2018. In late summer 2015, Sweden embarked on one of the largest self-described humanitarian efforts in its history, opening its borders to 163,000 asylum seekers fleeing the war in Syria. Six months later this massive effort was over. On January 4, 2016, Sweden closed its border with Denmark. This closure makes a startling reversal of Sweden’s open borders to refugees and contravenes free movement in the Schengen Area, a founding principle of the European Union. What happened?Vanessa Barker’s new book develops the concept of penal nationalism to explain the use of penal power in response to mass mobility for nationalistic purposes, including state sovereignty, national identity and in the Swedish case, welfare state preservation.


31 Jan 2018

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Moving Beyond Punitivism: Anthropological Engagements with Punishment and State Failure

Insa Koch, LSE - 19 Jan 2017


12 Apr 2017

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Exploring the Long Term Effects of 'Thatcherite' Social and Economic Policies for Crime

Stephen Farrall, University of Sheffield - 02 Feb 2017


12 Apr 2017

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Crime, Order and the Two Faces of Conservatism

Ian Loader, University of Oxford - 10 Nov 2016


12 Apr 2017

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The Problems of Long-term Imprisonment

Ben Crewe, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge - 6 October 2016


12 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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Blogging and Social Media in Criminology

Sarah Turnbull and Ines Hasselberg, Centre for Criminology, give a talk for the Centre for Criminology seminar series on 5th June 2015.


29 Nov 2016

Rank #20