Professor Azrini Wahidin Inaugural Lecture
In this inaugural lecture, Professor Azrini Wahidin will examine key moments in the history of the imprisonment of Armagh women (such as the No Wash Protest and strip searching). By using these examples Professor Wahidin will examine how subjectivity, gender, the corporeal body and resistance were articulated in situations of heightened political violence.
- From: Wednesday 10 June 2015, 5.30 pm
- To: Wednesday 10 June 2015, 7.30 pm
- Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
Femininity in Dissent: The Women of Armagh
During the conflict in Northern Ireland, the criminal justice system played a central and visible role in containing, managing and repressing social disorder and, hence, became associated indelibly with issues of the state.
Although much has been written about the recent political struggles in Northern Ireland, too often it has been women's experiences which have been silenced and under explored. This lecture will chart the contours of women's experiences of imprisonment by contextualising the history of Armagh Prison and the central role it played during the conflict in Northern Ireland.
This paper is based on the testimonies of former female ex-combatants of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). It will examine key moments in the history of the imprisonment of the Armagh women (such as the No Wash Protest and strip searching). By using these examples Azrini will examine how subjectivity, gender, the corporeal body and resistance were articulated in situations of heightened political violence. The impact of the conflict opened spaces for women to place traditional constructions of femininity in dissent. The narratives of the ex-combatants will illustrate how violence became institutionalised and operated 'through strategies about which people seldom talk: namely the mechanisms of fear' (Poulantzas 1978:83).
Azrini Wahidin, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Division of Sociology
Professor Azrini Wahidin joined Nottingham Trent University in 2013. She spent ten years as a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen's University, Belfast where she established and developed a successful Criminology programme in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work. She was the Head of Criminology before taking up her post at NTU.
Professor Wahidin has conducted extensive prison research focusing on both prisoners and uniformed staff. In particular elderly prisoners on both sides of the Atlantic; managing the needs of older offenders, the female prison estate, young offenders, the lifer system and resettlement. She has given special evidence to the Ministry of Justice and has been involved in prison thematic reviews on women in prison in Northern Ireland with Dame Anne Owers.
Professor Wahidin has written 13 books from leading textbooks, edited collections to single authored monographs. Her most recent publication is her book: Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland: Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience.
Professor Wahidin has been the recipient of a number of prizes such as Queen's annual teaching prize and has held International Visiting Scholar positions at Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Melbourne, School of Political and Social Sciences. She has recently been appointed a Visiting Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in the School of Social Sciences.
She is the Chair of the Ethics Committee and the Chair of the Midlands Regional Network for the British Society of Criminology. She holds various positions on editorial boards; is a Director / Trustee for various organisations and is a regular commentator on the radio.
- 5.30 pm Registration, drinks reception with canapés
- 6.00 pm Inaugural lecture in the Newton building
- 7.30 pm Close.
This event is free to attend.