The Critical Research Seminar Series

Critical Research Seminars: Providing a forum for debate, discussion and policy interventions

The Critical Research Seminar Series was established in 2011. The seminars are free events and are designed to provide a platform for academics, activists, students, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public to engage in critical debate and discussion around a range of issues concerning social justice and human rights. The first seminar took place in October 2011 and was delivered by Robert King, one of the Angola 3, who, after a wrongful conviction, spent 29 years in solitary confinement in the US prison system before he was released. Since 2011, a range of speakers, have contributed to the seminar series.

Other videos of speakers

Harriet Wistrich Human Rights Lawyer

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The 2016-17 seminar series included talks from:

  • Steve Tombs, Sheila Coleman, Dave Whyte and Pilgrim Tucker speaking on Hillsborough and Grenfell: Struggles for 'Truth, Justice and Accountability'

  • Sheila Coleman from the Hillsborough Justice Campaign on the search for truth, justice and accountability after Hillsborough

  • Joanne Gilmore, Will Jackson and Helen Monk on community perspectives on the policing of anti-fracking demonstrators in the North West

  • Robert King and Albert Woodfox from the Angola 3 on racism and America’s ‘Criminal Injustice System’

  • Carol Smart on sexism and misogyny in Criminology and in the criminal justice system

  • Thomas Tonatiuth Lopez (in collaboration with Writing on the Wall, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Hope University) on the Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline protest and the degradation of Native American burial sites

Past Critical Research Seminars

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2015-2016 Seminar Series

2014 International Conference

2013-2014 Seminar Series

2012-2013 Seminar Series

2011-2012 Seminar Series

2011 - Launch of the Critical Research Seminar

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