The Sites of Resistance ‘Resisting Criminalisation’ event held at MMU on 25th March 2015.The ‘Sites of Resistance’ day launched the Resisting ‘Crime’ and Criminalisation (RCC) group that Kathryn Chadwick, Becky Clarke and Patrick Williams have established.
It is our view that constructs of ‘crime’ and the process of criminalisation should be subject to academic and political challenge. Yet we know that definitions of ‘crime’ and the state’s response to the ‘crime’ problem continue to have a disproportionate impact within particular communities.
The event successfully brought together VCS organisations, activists, students and academics to consider ways in which we can collaborate to realise collective aims. The challenge for the day was to build a critical voice to support and empower local and national communities, organisations and campaigns which strive to alleviate the harmful effects of discriminations and inequalities in the process of criminalisation.
Speakers who delivered keynotes discussing the role of critical research in uncovering truth,prison and police reform and abolition and the relationship between research and activism include:
– Professor Phil Scraton (Queen’s Belfast University)
– Professor Joe Sim (Liverpool John Moores University)
– Dr Kate Cook (Manchester Metropolitan University)
– Dr Stephanie Daza (Manchester Metropolitan University)
– Dr David Scott (Liverpool John Moores University)
– Professor Tim Hope (University of Salford) and Dr Waqas Tufail (University of Liverpool).
Importantly, the event wprovided a space for campaigning organisations to engage other activists, students and academics in realising their goals, through both stalls and ‘campaigners corner’. Campaign groups include:
– Women in Prison
– Greater Manchester BMERT
– Stop Watch
– Institute for Race Relations
– Reclaim Justice Network
– Northern Police Monitoring Project
– Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
The site of resistance also features images of resistance, music and spoken word.