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The Art of Desistance: what we know and what we don’t yet know about links between the arts and criminal justice

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This seminar will explore key concepts and research findings relating to desistance and in relation to the impact of the arts in prison environments. The challenge is to relate one set of findings to the other. Sarah Colvin and Loraine Gelsthorpe will examine connections, possibilities and questions.

Sarah Colvin is Schröder Professor of German and has published on German literature, terrorism, and prisoner writing. She has published on prison writing by women and by terrorists and on prison theatre in Germany. She evaluated a major Scottish arts in prisons project (“Inspiring Change” in 2010), and recently produced research for London-based Clean Break theatre company (which works with women prisoners, former prisoners, and women at risk). She is a steering committee member for the UK’s National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice (NAACJ).

Loraine Gelsthorpe is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She is President of the British Society of Criminology, and in Cambridge Director of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre across the social sciences. She has previously carried out research on the impact of music in prisons (for the Irene Taylor Trust: http://irenetaylortrust.com) and is currently embarking on new research in this direction. Loraine has written extensively on women, crime and criminal justice, community penalties, and youth justice.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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