Division of Sociology Seminar Series

From Vicky Palmer and Dr Victoria Knight

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Seminars

The Division of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year, and invites excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings.

  • From: Wednesday 4 May 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 4 May 2016, 2 pm
  • Location: Chaucer 3706, Chaucer building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LT

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Event details

The Division of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences holds a regular weekly seminar series over the academic year, and invites excellent internal and external speakers to present their research findings. Staff and students from the division and the wider University are welcome to attend.

This week's seminar will be from Dr Victoria Knight from De Montfort University and NTU's Vicky Palmer.

Dr Victoria Knight will be presenting on 'What in-cell digital technologies can do for our prisoners and prisons…and other secure settings'. NTU's Vicky Palmer will be presenting on 'The prevalence of mental disorder, learning disability and autism in the youth justice system'.

What in-cell digital technologies can do for our prisoners and prisons…and other secure settings - Dr Victoria Knight

In-cell digital technologies are a rarity in prison cells in UK prisons and also in other secure settings like hospitals and immigration centres. Prisons are communicative poor environments and penal policy and mechanisms reinforce this. Yet, more recently, there are pockets of ‘innovation’ and there is a slow and emerging digital landscape across some prisons – here and abroad. This presentation draws directly on Knight’s sociological research into prisoners on in-cell television and now emerging research on digital technologies in prison. Here she describes the kinds of impact digital technologies has on a range of stakeholders. The digitization of our prisons marks an important shift in the penal landscape impacting on prisoners, staff and the public.

Dr Victoria Knight is Senior Research Fellow at De Montfort University. Her new book Remote Control: Television in Prison is published by Palgrave Macmillian 2016. She acts as a digital advisor for a number of prisons and secure hospitals, undertakes consultancy for digital developers in secure settings. She is the convenor of the Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster at DMU. She is also a member of the Prison Service Journal editorial board and is also a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at a local prison.

The prevalence of mental disorder, learning disability and autism in the youth justice system - Vicky Palmer

Vicky Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice, has been researching the manner in which mental disorder, learning disability and autism may be linked to offending behaviour by children and young people. She has examined these links in detail and draws our attention to some of the more prominent forms of mental health difficulties which are seen as considerable contributing factors. Vicky has researched the prevalence of this triad of impairments among the youth offending populace which demonstrates that autism in particular (an under-researched field) is far more ubiquitous than has been thought in the past; indeed her empirical study reveals that the figure is double that of previous research findings. Vicky has explored the means by which those children and young people experiencing the effects of mental disorder, learning disability and autism may be assessed and diverted away from the criminal justice apparatus and how this may be achieved to provide for a more just method of treating such individuals in, or preferably outside of, the youth justice system.

Booking information

Should you be external to the University and wish to listen to one of our speakers, please inform the Research Seminar Coordinator Dr Jatinder Sandhu via email prior to the event you wish to attend.

Location details

Room/Building:

Chaucer 3706, Chaucer building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 5LT

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