Jennifer Fleetwood (with Charlotte Scott in Department of English) have been awarded £29,324 from the AHRC to form a research network with Clean Break Theatre Company. The project is called “A story of her own: Finding a space for women to speak beyond the criminal justice system”. The project starts in July and will run for a year.
Sara Farris has been awarded a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (£9,889) for the pilot project “Feminism from the kitchen floor”, which seeks to explore the feminist perspectives put forward by domestic workers’ organisations in five countries: Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Lebanon, and India.
Annie Pfingst, together with co-author Wangui Kimari, were awarded inaugural best article for 2021 for “Carcerality and the legacies of settler colonial punishment in Nairobi” by the journal Punishment & Society.
Fay Dennis had been awarded a 5-year Wellcome University Award (£331,217). The project is entitled “‘Ripping up the rulebook’: Experiments in post-pandemic substance use treatment” and will begin on 1 June 2022.
Corine van Emmerick (PhD candidate) has published an article together with Beckie Coleman and Dawn Lyon in The Sociological Review Magazine: “Funny how time slips away: Pandemic diarists’ ‘swerving, shrinking, sticking’ horizons”
George Kalivis (PhD candidate in Visual Sociology) published his first journal article in March under the title “Becoming a Manual: Au(n)to-Ethnography and Queer Performances of a Greek Theía” (Text and Performance Quarterly). Available open access.
Jennifer Fleetwood and John Lea (Visiting Professor) have published an article in the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, titled “Defunding the police in the UK: Critical questions and practical suggestions”. Available open access.
Jennifer Fleetwood has also published an article with Lindsay Leban in Deviant Behavior: “Women’s Involvement in the Drug Trade: Revisiting the Emancipation Thesis in Global Perspective”. Available open access.
Caroline Knowles has published “Serious Money: Walking Plutocratic London”. The book, which is due to be released on 26 May, can be pre-ordered from Penguin.
Caroline also has a book chapter in “Infrastructures of Plutocratic London” in Ash Amin and Michele Lancione, eds. The Grammar of the Urban Ground. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press.
Yari Lanci’s article “Stairway to Heaven: Harrods and the eternal present of capitalist time” was published in the March issue of The Sociological Review Magazine.
Abby Day’s latest book review appeared in the weekly international Anglican newspaper related to her own research on religious change (forthcoming book due to be published by OUP, is Why Baby Boomers Turned from Religion: Shaping belief and belonging, 1945-2021.) In her review of “Gen Z, Explained: The art of living in a digital age” by Roberta Katz, Sarah Ogilvie, Jane Shaw, and Linda Woodhead, she pointed out that while the current generation of young adults might be the least Christian ever, they may be amongst the most moral and conscientious.
Alberto Toscano’s essay “The Returns of Racial Fascism” has just been published in the collection For Antifascist Futures: Against the Violence of Imperial Crisis.
A collection of geographer and prison-abolition activist Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s essays and interviews, spanning three decades, “Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation”, edited by Alberto Toscano with Brenna Bhandar, will be published by Verso in May.
Martin Savransky has published an article titled “Ecological Uncivilisation: Precarious World-Making After Progress” in The Sociological Review.
This paper is part of the Sociological Review Monograph on “After Progress” that Martin has co-edited with Craig Lundy. The “After Progress” monograph will appear in the next issue of the journal, but the introduction to the monograph and all the individual contributions are already available in the journal’s “Online First” section.
George Kalivis has also completed a short commentary chapter titled “All Semedakia Lead to the Other: Embodied Textile Memories and Queer Public Interventions”. This will be included in a bilingual forthcoming community-art publication under the title “Project Semedaki”, which he has designed and co-edited with the artist Maria Juliana Byck (2022; Athens, GR: Victoria Square Project).
Adrien De Sutter (PhD candidate) participated in FUNDAMENTAL Assembly at FACT Liverpool on the 4-5 April 2022, an event and closed working group of artist-academics, physicists, curators, policymakers, and critical theorists whose interests touch upon the cultural negotiation of fundamental science, and in developing new models of exchange and residency in art-science collaborations.
On 17 March, Sara Farris gave a talk at the seminar organised by the Gender Lab at the University La Sapienza in Rome.
Sara also participated in a symposium on “Care and Body Politics” organised by the Sociology Department at the University of Bologna on 23 March and gave a keynote speech at the conference “Analysis feminista del derecho y de las politicas publicas” organised by the Instituto Universitario de Estudios de Género de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid on 31 March.
On 2 May, Sara Farris participated in a panel to present the Spanish translation of her book at La Cinetika in Barcelona.
Nirmal Puwar participated in the Masterji Panel Discussing on 9 May.
Jennifer Fleetwood spoke at a Symposium on Drug Law Reform organised by the Criminal Law Reform Now Network on 29 April at the University of Leicester.
At the end of March, Vikki Bell made a response to the President of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Estela de Carlotto, at the House of Lords at the invitation of the Argentine Embassy and the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. Now 91 years old, Estela de Carlotto has led the group searching for their grandchildren for over four decades. Her own grandson, Ignacio, was illegally adopted following the kidnap and murder of her eldest daughter. She was finally reunited with him in 2014. A note on the occasion is posted on the project website.
On 10 April, Stephanie Guirand (PhD Candidate) gave a presentation as part of the “Transformative Justice Practitioner Program” at Brown University with Demita Frazer. The presentation was called “Participatory Action Research: The Making of Cambridge HEART”.
Participatory Action Research (PAR) involves community members becoming researchers and researchers becoming a member of a community. The community works together to understand a problematic situation. From what they learn, they create a collective action plan to change it. We use Cambridge HEART as a case study. Cambridge HEART is a community response model to address public safety and low-level mental health crises. During the presentation, we reflect on the following:
- What does it mean to be part of movements that centre the most marginalised?
- What does it mean to engage peoples’ needs?
- Sustainability – how do you stay grounded in organizing?
- How do you sustain movements so that they’re not just responding to a specific moment but take root in the community?
On 5 May, Svenja Bromberg co-led the workshop “The Nonconformist Intellectual: A Workshop with Alex Demirovic’s on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theorists” at the CRMEP, Kingston University.
Nirmal Puwar will be on the panel of Racist Tones: Writing Flashbacks, 23 May, 3.30-6.30pm, Herbert Art Gallery, on the 41st anniversary of the Racial Harmony march, which took place after the murder of the student Satnam Singh Gill; and at Alternative Trails: Mapping South Asian Women’s Activism, Drapers Hall, Coventry, 19 March.
Adrien De Sutter has been invited to speak at a two-day conference on the “History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics” in Bonn on the 29-30 June 2022, organised as part of the DFG-supported “Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider” research unit.
Marsha Rosengarten will be giving a keynote paper at ASHM (Joint HIV & AIDS and Sexual Health Conference) in Australia in late August 2022.