How can the law be expected to cope with ‘Superdiversity?’ – Ralph Grillo, University of Sussex


When: 19 November 2014 – 1.00 to 2.30 pm.         Where:  429, Muirhead Tower

Contemporary European societies are all in varying degree multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, and ‘superdiversity’ (or rather, ‘super-diversification’) in its various guises is a powerful way of characterising the processes through which that situation has arisen.

Currently however, there is widespread, acrimonious debate about diversity (especially cultural and religious diversity) and its limits, as may be observed in the media, in parliaments, in policy initiatives at local, national and international levels, and in the daily preoccupations of, for instance, social workers and teachers. The courts too, are among the institutions which must confront different beliefs and practices and their possible ‘accommodation’. Although in the past (and still to some extent), class and regional affiliation (Irish, Scots, Welsh), along with affiliation to religions such as Catholicism and Judaism, were associated with the cultural differences with which the courts were confronted, it is cultural and religious diversity (as well as perhaps ‘racial’ identity) associated with people of migrant or refugee origin (especially, but not only, Muslims), that is seemingly most problematic.

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Race and Crime Guest Lecture

When: 12/11/14 – 6.00pm – 7.oopm        Where: G15,  Muirhead Tower   

Hosted by: Sociology Society

Popular academic Dr Martin Glynn will be delivering a talk on race and crime to UoB students in G15 Muirhead Tower on 12/11/2014.

He will be discussing his most recent and compelling research around race and crime, as well as current issues within his field with Q & A after.
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Time for a sensible drugs policy?

A study released today (30 Oct) by the home office has found that there is “no obvious” link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use. Responding to the publication of the study Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Norman Baker believes that drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, comparing the UK with other countries, should end “mindless rhetoric” on drugs policy.

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Young Prisoners- A Research Discussion Event


Birmingham Law School’s Criminal Justice Cluster is hosting an research discussion event on 18th of Nov bringing together interested academics, stakeholders and practitioners in a roundtable discussion to explore the experiences of young prisoners and the extent to which those experiences may differ from those of adult prisoners; and the unique challenges faced by prison staff governing, managing and caring for a young prison population.

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Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

British society of criminology

Launch of the British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Network: Gender, Crime and Justice

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Location: City site, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU
The relaunch of the British Society of Criminology (BSC) Midlands Regional Network will take place at Nottingham Trent University on the 15 October 2014. The seminar will address the theme of Gender, Crime and Justice. The next evening seminar will be held at Derby University on the 26 November 2014. The session will examine aspects of Policing in the 21st Century. On the 4 March 2015, Loughborough University will be addressing the theme of the Crime Drop.