By bringing together a range of established academics, early-career academics, postgraduates, practitioners, artists, activists and former detainees this seminar series will investigate the ways in which the UK experience of detention reflects and re-produces the contradictory logics inherent in modern global detention practices. Through five one-day workshop events the seminar series will span the academic disciplines of criminology, geography, politics and sociology in order to examine the phenomenon of detention as it relates to supporting detainees, penology and prisons, everyday experiences of detention and the politics of, and resistance to, detention practices. The seminars, to be held in London, York, Birmingham, Oxford and Lancaster will also reflect upon the ethical/methodological challenges that the study of detention produces and the tension, running throughout work in this area, between outright resistance to detention practices or a reformist approach based on working with the state on behalf of immigration detainees.
The Birmingham seminar will focus on the challenges of research in spaces of imprisonment and detention.
ESRC Seminar Series: Exploring Everyday Practice and Resistance in Immigration Detention
Research and the Relations between Prison and Detention
University of Birmingham, UK, Friday 20th June 2014
10.00: Arrival and coffee
10.30: Welcome and opening comments
10.40: Can Yıldız (Kings College London) Spatiality and temporality in prison for foreign national prisoners
11.00: David Maguire (University of Oxford) Inside Job: Dilemmas, Exploits and Exploitation of a Prison ‘Insider’
Response: Marie Hutton (University of Birmingham)
2.15: Concluding comments
Attendance is free but places are limited. To attend please click here.