Seminar Series 2016-17
The Centre for Applied Criminology are proud to announce their series of seminars for the 2016-17 academic year.
These talks, all held by members of the centre, will span a wide range of topics, touching on both contemporary and historical issues within the field of Criminology. As a subject always at the forefront of news, these talks will dive behind the myths and the media to explore the real issues affecting crime and security today.
Faith After Murder; Religion in the Lives of Offenders Convicted Of Homicide Offences
1-2pm, Wednesday February 15
Below you'll find information on some of the events CAC members haev contributed to in the past.
The circumstances in which serious violent crime now occurs are changing. Our inter-connectedness with one another and the growing use of social media is altering how, where and when these crimes take place.
So what is the future of murder?
Watch the talk online
Also joining the panel were author and Guardian columnist Erwin James who was convicted of murder, and Governor of HMP Grendon, Dr Jamie Bennett. Our panel of experts discussed how by reviewing past events, we can predict what murder might look like in the future.
The expert panel
Professor David Wilson
David is one of the UK’s leading criminologists, specialising in all aspects of prisons and imprisonment, murder and serial murder. He is a regular commentator to TV and radio, appearing regularly on 'This Morning', 'The Wright Stuff', BBC 5 Live and BBC Radio 4.
Dr Elizabeth Yardley
As Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology, Elizabeth works within a specialist centre engaged in a diverse range of research endeavours in and around the criminal justice system. Her research interests include the representation of female serial killers and 'Facebook murder'.
Erwin James is a Guardian columnist and author. He has published two collections of essays: A Life Inside: A Prisoner’s Notebook and The Home Stretch: From Prison to Parole. Erwin is a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and patron of a number of offender rehabilitation charities.
Jamie Bennett has worked in prisons since 1996 and held a number of senior positions. He is currently Governor of HMP Grendon and Springhill, editor of the Prison Service Journal and has published over 100 articles and reviews on topics including prisons and the media.
A panel of leading experts joined together to talk about 'The Future of the Multi-Faith Society' in October last year.
The panel, held at Birmingham City University's Curzon Building, was put together to allow experts, students, and members of the community to discuss issues like extremism, counter-terrorism security, and overseas conflicts and the UK's involvement in them. There was also a focus on how the UK's famous cultural diversity can continue to grow, and what steps could be taken to make inter-faith relationships more harmonious.
These topics are often spotlighted in the news media, as they impact a wide area of the community at large. The wide-reaching nature of the topics was reflected in the attendees, who covered the entire religious and ethnic spectrum.
The expert panel
Panel Chair: Professor Jon Yorke
Jon Yorke is Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law.
He is a member of the advisory team on the death penalty to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
John is also a member of the FCO Pro Bono Lawyer's Panel.
The Rt Hon Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
A lawyer, businesswoman, campaigner and former cabinet minister, Sayeeda Warsi has had many roles, but she is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in British Cabinet and one of the foremost Muslim politicians in the Western world.
Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi
Rabbi Margaret Jacobi has been the rabbi of Birmingham Progressive Synagogue since 1994. Rabbi Jacobi enjoys the diverse challenges and opportunities which congregational work offers, especially in amulti-cultural city in Birmingham.
The Rt Reverend David Urquhart
Bishop David is the Ninth Bishop of Birmingham, inaugurated at St. Phillip's Cathedral in November 2006. In addition to his duties as Bishop of Birmingham, he is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Link with China, a nd President of the Friends of IPASC (community health training) in DR Congo.
Professor Imran Awan
Dr Imran Awan has held academic posts at the University of Glamorgan and Wolverhampton University. He has taught on a variety of modules, such as international policing, policing cyber crime, terrorism theory and violent extremism and terrorism.