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Exploring Harm and Evidence

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 08:45 - 16:45

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Conway+Hall
 

FREE AND PUBLIC EVENT (PLEASE SEE BELOW HOW TO REGISTER)

This conference sees the formal launch of the Open University’s Harm and  Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC). HERC’s research can be summarised as “evidencing harm and harmful evidence” which encompasses a range of areas such as the use of evidence in the criminal justice system and the harmful practices of public and private institutions. The notion of harm is increasingly central to new initiatives in policy and practice. However, policy-makers and practitioners fail to regard their own institutional practices as harmful to health and wellbeing and fail to recognise that institutional neglect can severely impact on people’s life chances.

This conference brings together a range of HERC members and guest speakers all drawing on different areas – drugs, homelessness, vagrancy, sexual violence, harms against LGBT communities, miscarriages of justice, crimes of the powerful and youth justice – to engage critically with notions of harm and evidence. Tackling key issues about how harm is used problematically in social policy and the criminal justice system, speakers will also demonstrate how evidence is used harmfully against  diverse constituencies.

Confirmed participants include:

Vickie Cooper, (OU), Steve Tombs, (OU),  Rebecca Roberts, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS),  David Nutt, Duncan Banks, Lynne Copson,  (OU),  Dan McCulloch, (OU), Ross Fergusson, (OU), Paul Lawrence (OU), Graham Pike, (OU),  Ailsa Strathie, (OU),  Tim Turner, (OU),  Hayley Ness, (OU), Avi Boukli, (OU),  Vicky Canning, (OU),  Julia Downes, (OU),  Sarah Lamble, (Birkbeck), Maya Goodfellow, (Labourlist), Saqib Deshmukh, (Justice for Paps and United Families & Friends), James Mehigan, (Barrister for Hillsborough Families and OU), Richard Whittell, (Corporate Watch), Jo Pheonix, (OU)

Convenors: Dr Victoria Cooper and Prof Steve Tombs, The Open University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

PROGRAMME ATTACHED

Exploring Harm and Evidence
 

Programme

08:45–09:15

 

Registration and Refreshments

 

09:20–09:30

 

Introduction

Vickie Cooper (HERC), Steve Tombs (HERC) and Rebecca Roberts (CCJS)

09:30-10:30

Chair: Louise Westmarland

(HERC)

“Drugs, Harm and Evidence”

David Nutt, followed by discussion with Duncan Banks

“Theorising Harm, Problems of Definition, Crime and Power”

Lynne Copson (HERC)

10:30-11:30

Richard Garside (CCJS)

 

Exploring the harms of the CJS in relation to homelessness, vagrancy laws, young people  and welfare and young black men in the CJS

Vickie Cooper and Dan McCulloch (HERC), Ross Ferguson (HERC), Paul Lawrence (HERC), Rebecca Roberts (CCJS)

11:30-11.45

 

Break

11:45-12.45

Chris Williams

 (HERC)

Exploring miscarriages of justice resulting from inaccurate identification evidence

Graham Pike (HERC), Ailsa Strathie (HERC), Jim Turner (HERC), Hayley Ness (HERC)

12:45-13:30

 

Lunch

13:30-14:35

Deb Drake

(HERC)

 

 

Exploring lived experiences of structural and interpersonal gendered harms from the perspectives of activists and researchers

Avi Boukli (HERC), Vicky Canning (HERC), Julia Downes (HERC), Sarah Lamble (Birkbeck), Maya Goodfellow (Labourlist)

14:35-14.50

 

Break

14:50-15:50

Will McMahon (CCJS)

 

Justice, power and harm

Saqib Deshmukh (Justice for Paps and United Families & Friends), James Mehigan (Barrister for Hillsborough Families and HERC), Steve Tombs (HERC), Richard Whittell (Corporate Watch)

15:50-16:45

Steve Tombs

(HERC)

“Sluts, Perverts and Paedos: Evidence, Harm and the Politics of Sexual Othering”

Jo Phoenix (HERC)

 

 

Registration: 
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