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Dr. Ali Wardak speaks at World Justice Forum V

Posted on August 8, 2017 by

Dr. Ali Wardak was an invited speaker at the World Justice Forum V that was held at The Hague between 10th and 13th July 2017.

The Forum was attended by a large number of legal scholars, politicians, high ranking judicial officials, diplomats, representatives of civil society, academia and the media from around the world.

The focus of the Forum was to share insights, explore strategies and develop collaborative solutions for promoting and institutionalizing rule of law around the world. The plenary session that was addressed by Dr Ali Wardak focused on ‘Harmonizing Formal, Informal, and Customary Justice’, and the title of his presentation was: ‘Strengthening rule of law through engagement with non-state justice providers’.

This session was also addressed by Hon. Hassan Jallow, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of The Gambia, Hon. Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé, Ambassador of Bolivia to The Netherlands, and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bolivia, Ms. Hilary Tompkins, Partner, Hogan Lovells, and former Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). This session was moderated by Mr. Tim Hanstad, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, Landesa. The session was attended by senior justice officials including Hon. Geert Corstens, former President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

You can watch the talk here: World Justice Forum V Video

Further details can be found here: World Justice Forum V

Professors Fiona Brookman, Mike Maguire and Ed Maguire publish The Handbook of Homicide

Posted on August 8, 2017 by

The Handbook of Homicide is described as an international sourcebook of information and scholarship on the nature, causes and patterns of homicide, as well as policies and practices for investigating and preventing it. Published by Wiley the handbook is comprised of a series of original essays by renowned authors from around the world. It is the first internationally-focused collection of the latest research on the nature and causes of homicide

Readers will gain insight into the patterns and trends of homicide in the UK and the US, as well as Canada, Japan, Russia, China, South Africa and many other countries. Other chapters explore: social and legal responses; gang homicide; drug-related homicide; corporate homicide; technology and homicide investigation; cold case reviews and preventing homicide.

Professors Fiona Brookman and Mike Maguire from the University’s Centre for Criminology edited the handbook, alongside Professor Ed Maguire from Arizona State University. Other members of the centre have also contributed, including, Professor Fiona Brookman, Dr Cheryl Allsop, Dr Helen Jones and Sophie Pike.

Further details on the handbook and where it can be purchased can be found here: The Handbook on Homicide

Dr. Jenny Maher and Dr. Harriet Pierpoint publish International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies

Posted on August 8, 2017 by

The Palgrave International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies has just been published, with Dr Jenny Maher and Dr Harriet Pierpoint from the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales among the editors and contributors.

This Handbook fills a large gap in current scholarly literature on animal abuse studies. It moves considerably beyond the debate that has traditionally dominated the discourse of animal abuse – the link between one-on-one interpersonal violence and animal abuse – and towards those institutionalised forms of animal abuse which are routine, everyday, socially acceptable and invisibilised.

Chapters from expert contributors raise issues such as: the use of animals as edibles; vivisection; animal sexual assault; animals used in sport and hunting; animal trafficking; the use of animals by youth gangs, by other groups and in war; species extinction; and the passivity of national and international organisations in combating animal abuse. The Handbook is a unique text: it is essential reading for students, researchers, academics, activists and policy makers involved in understanding and preventing animal abuse.

Further details about the handbook and how it can be purchased can be found here: The Palgrave International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies

Free 'making a difference with psychology' book

Posted on July 31, 2017 by

Dr Catherine Purcell has co-written a book chapter titled “Neurodiversity: developing guides to success using participator research” in Niven, K., Lewis, S., & Kagan, C. (Ed). Making a difference with psychology. London, UK: Richard Benjamin Trust. This is free to download here

Professor Lisa Lewis appeared on Indian television on Sunday

Posted on July 27, 2017 by

Professor Lisa Lewis, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, appeared on Indian television on Sunday, on DD National TV Network and North East Indian cable channel PCN, to discuss the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues, a project in film and performance investigating the shared cultural relationship between Wales and India. Lisa is currently running workshops with actors in Meghalaya, north east India.

Image from Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues twitter (@welsh_khasi): Consultative Seminar.


Professor Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on July 27, 2017 by

Professor Diana Wallace appeared on BBC Radio Wales’s Good Morning Wales this morning to discuss the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death and the fact that she features on the new £10 note.


Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Time

Posted on July 27, 2017 by

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Times (largest newspaper in north east India) about a performance of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project, held in Shillong last week.

Image from Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues twitter (@welsh_khasi): Consultative Seminar.


Professor Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on Red FM

Posted on July 27, 2017 by

Professor Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello appeared on Red FM, the local Shillong and north east India radio station, to discuss Welsh and Khasi music as part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project.

Image from Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues twitter (@welsh_khasi): Consultative Seminar.


Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Time

Posted on July 26, 2017 by

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Times (largest newspaper in north east India) about a performance of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project, held in Shillong last week.

Image from Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues twitter (@welsh_khasi): Consultative Seminar.


Professor Lisa Lewis appeared on Indian television on Sunday

Posted on July 26, 2017 by

Professor Lisa Lewis, appeared on Indian television on Sunday, on DD National TV Network and North East Indian cable channel PCN, to discuss the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues, a project in film and performance investigating the shared cultural relationship between Wales and India. Lisa is currently running workshops with actors in Meghalaya, north east India.

Image from Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues twitter (@welsh_khasi): Consultative Seminar.


George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling featured on BBC Wales Today, BBC Radio Wales and the BBC website

Posted on July 24, 2017 by

A study, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, involving USW’s George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling working with the Welsh Cider and Perry Society, which has discovered apples and pears only found in Wales, was featured on BBC Wales Today, BBC Radio Wales and the BBC website.

For further details about the The Heritage of Orchards & Cider Making in Wales project, please see here.

Being Human Festival in Merthyr Tydfil

Posted on July 3, 2017 by

Professor Paul Carr has been awarded funds from the AHRC to take part in this year’s Being Human Festival. The UK wide festival takes place between November 17th – 25th and deals with the broad theme of ‘lost and found’. During the week of activities professor Carr is working in partnership with stakeholders such as First Campus, Merthyr Tydfil Libraries, Theatre Soar and a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between the years 1955 to 1975. After collecting the memories of the community who witnessed the music first hand, the project proceeds to facilitate school children to recreate the memories via dramatic interpretations. These interpretations will be showcased in Theatre Soar on November 25th to the general public, alongside community interviews and digital recordings. Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London on June 26th.

After the Being Human week is complete, professor Carr then begins planning for a month long exhibition at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25th – February 24th 2018. The Exhibition showcases the lost musical history of Merthyr Tydfil.

Read Prof. Carr’s blog post about his talk at the Being Human Festival event on June 26 here.


Prof. Paul Carr publishes book on Pop icon Sting

Posted on July 3, 2017 by

Professor Paul Carr’s monograph of Pop icon Sting is released on August 1st. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Police, Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle and the creativity and inspiration behind his music. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination and memories – as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him – Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. In doing so, the book highlights the ‘hidden history’ behind the processes and products of Sting’s creativity. Professor Carr is doing a number of book launches in Newcastle, including Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, towards the end of the year.

The book is available for preorder from Amazon.


Prof. Paul Carr publishes book on Pop icon Sting

Posted on July 3, 2017 by

Professor Paul Carr’s monograph of Pop icon Sting is released on August 1st. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Police, Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle and the creativity and inspiration behind his music. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination and memories – as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him – Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. In doing so, the book highlights the ‘hidden history’ behind the processes and products of Sting’s creativity. Professor Carr is doing a number of book launches in Newcastle, including Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, towards the end of the year.

The book is available for preorder from Amazon.

Being Human Festival in Merthyr Tydfil

Posted on July 3, 2017 by

Professor Paul Carr has been awarded funds from the AHRC to take part in this year’s Being Human Festival. The UK wide festival takes place between November 17th – 25th and deals with the broad theme of ‘lost and found’. During the week of activities professor Carr is working in partnership with stakeholders such as First Campus, Merthyr Tydfil Libraries, Theatre Soar and a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between the years 1955 to 1975. After collecting the memories of the community who witnessed the music first hand, the project proceeds to facilitate school children to recreate the memories via dramatic interpretations. These interpretations will be showcased in Theatre Soar on November 25th to the general public, alongside community interviews and digital recordings. Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London on June 26th.

After the Being Human week is complete, professor Carr then begins planning for a month long exhibition at Merthyr Town Hall (The Red House), between January 25th – February 24th 2018. The Exhibition showcases the lost musical history of Merthyr Tydfil.

Read Prof. Carr’s blog post about his talk at the Being Human Festival event on June 26 here.

Prof Diana Wallace (FBS) appeared on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on June 29, 2017 by

Professor Diana Wallace (FBS), member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Evening Wales yesterday to talk about Paddington Bear whose creator, the writer Michael Bond, has died aged 91.


Diana Wallace appears on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on June 29, 2017 by

Professor Diana Wallace appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Evening Wales yesterday (28 June) to talk about Paddington Bear, whose creator, the writer Michael Bond, has died aged 91.

Professor Philip Gross wins Cholmondeley Award 2017

Posted on June 22, 2017 by

Poet Philip Gross is one of the winners of this year’s Cholmondeley Awards. Philip-Gross

The Awards are given by the Society of Authors in recognition of a poet’s body of work and their contribution to poetry. The other winners were Caroline Bergvall, Sasha Dugdale and Paula Meehan. Each writer receives £2,000, from a fund founded by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966 to recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets.

Professor Gross won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry (2009), has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize (2001) and received a PBS Recommendation (2001). He has collaborated with numerous artists and his experience of words and silence in his Quaker beliefs are reflected in his work.

The awards are judged by writers and this year’s assessors were Paul Farley, Rod Mengham and Pascale Petit. Mimi Khalvati said of Professor Gross’s work: 'In exploring his fascination in language and wordlessness, he constantly delights us with his acute acts of seeing and his boundless verbal imagination.’

Professor Gross said: 'This is a real affirmation – not a prize for a single poem or even for a single book, but for a whole body of writing, in my case, work of nearly forty years (and still counting).’

Professor Philip Gross wins Cholmondeley Award 2017

Posted on June 22, 2017 by

Poet Philip Gross is one of the winners of this year’s Cholmondeley Awards.

The Awards are given by the Society of Authors in recognition of a poet’s body of work and their contribution to poetry. The other winners were Caroline Bergvall, Sasha Dugdale and Paula Meehan. Each writer receives £2,000, from a fund founded by the late Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley in 1966 to recognise the achievement and distinction of individual poets.

Professor Gross won the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry (2009), has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize (2001) and received a PBS Recommendation (2001). He has collaborated with numerous artists and his experience of words and silence in his Quaker beliefs are reflected in his work.

The awards are judged by writers and this year’s assessors were Paul Farley, Rod Mengham and Pascale Petit. Mimi Khalvati said of Professor Gross’s work: 'In exploring his fascination in language and wordlessness, he constantly delights us with his acute acts of seeing and his boundless verbal imagination.’

Professor Gross said: 'This is a real affirmation – not a prize for a single poem or even for a single book, but for a whole body of writing, in my case, work of nearly forty years (and still counting).’

Dr. Jenny Maher hosts International Environmental Crime Conference

Posted on June 9, 2017 by

The 4th International Environmental Crime Conference will be held at the University of South Wales on 12th September in Cardiff, Wales, UK.

This year’s theme is Environmental Crime and Technology, and we are pleased to welcome four distinguished keynote speakers:

Professor Reece Walters,
Queensland University of Technology,
Faculty of Law, Brisbane,
Queensland, Australia

Dr Anita Lavorgna
University of Southampton,
Southampton,
UK

Professor Tim Boekhout Van Solinge,
Independent Criminologist
The Netherlands

Dr. Federico Magalini
United Nations University
Institute for Environment and Human Security,
Bonn, Germany

The conference will utilise ‘ignite’ presentations for researchers and practitioners to highlight current research and technologies.

The International Environmental Crime Conference showcases leading research that highlights the intersection between Technology and Environmental Crime. In particular, it focuses on the way technology is used to facilitate and perpetrate environmental crime and respond to its challenges.

Previously hosted in the Netherlands, the International Environmental Crime Conference brings together academics, practitioners and policy makers from various disciplines to exchange views, concepts and research findings. Discussions are informed by perspectives from green criminology, sociology, law enforcement, community wellbeing, policy, environmental activism and law enforcement, organised crime and victimology.

Environmental crime is one of the most profitable and fastest growing crimes internationally. Heightened awareness of the proliferation and scale of the harms involved is altering the way we view and interact with our world. In particular, people and places are linked in new ways through the rise of e-waste, transnational transportation and dumping of toxic waste, systematic and accidental pollution, and the illegal trafficking and destruction of flora and fauna, as examples. These crimes are interconnected and intertwined with technology. ‘Neutral’ technologies are utilised and applied, on the one hand to create and facilitate environmental harms, and on the other to provide innovative and vital solutions. From UAVs, satellite monitoring, big-data and smartphones to e-waste, GMOs and the internet trade in wildlife – technology continues to change the face of, and responses to, environmental crime.

This conference is organised by Jennifer Maher (University of South Wales), Toine Spapens (Tilburg University, Daan van Uhm (Utrecht University), Tanya Wyatt (Northumbria University), and Rob White (University of Tasmania).

Please direct any questions to the conference host Dr. Jenny Maher

You can also find further details about the conference here