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Policing the Possible: Governing Potential Criminality

LSE Cities

Friday, 28 February 2014 from 14:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

Policing the Possible: Governing Potential Criminality

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This workshop examines the problem of crime in cities, focusing particularly on the role of public and private security forces in controlling potential criminality. The discussion will highlight the cultural and political processes of targeting and predicting the emergence of future crimes and criminals, and the various technologies used for prevention. How the lived experience of contemporary cities is shaped by these initiatives is a question that will be explored critically across a range of urban locations.

The Urban Uncertainty workshop series is an integral part of LSE Cities’ collaborative investigation into emerging ways of envisioning and governing the future of cities. Each session focuses on a different dimension of urban uncertainty, from health and housing to crime and climate, and brings together scholars from a handful of disciplines whose work converges on common themes. Events are open to the public but are kept deliberately small in order to encourage focused conversation.

This workshop will take place in the Research Centre Meeting Suite, which is room 9.04 on the 9th floor of Tower 2 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Here is a campus map. The reception desk on the ground floor will have your name on a list and will be able to direct you to the room.

Pete Fussey

Pete Fussey is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex. His research focuses on security, social control, organised crime and the city. Professor Fussey currently works on two large-scale ESRC and EPSRC funded research projects looking at counter-terrorism in the UK’s crowded spaces and at urban resilience. Recent books include Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City (Ashgate) and Terrorism and the Olympics (Routledge).

Rivke Jaffe

Rivke Jaffe is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her anthropological research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political. She is currently starting a five-year research program on public-private security assemblages in Kingston, Jerusalem, Miami, Nairobi and Recife.

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones is Reader in Urban Geography at LSE. His recent ethnographic work has been with street youth in Mexico that resulted in a co-edited volume Youth and Violence in Latin America (Palgrave) and a forthcoming monograph on street lives, identity and social practice. He is about to embark on a new project on violence and security in the contemporary city, including representations in film.

Robert Samet

Robert Samet is Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focuses on law, crime, and forms of political representation in the Americas, with a special emphasis on Venezuela. Currently, he is revising a manuscript based on two years of ethnographic field research on crime journalism in Caracas, and beginning a new project on the political economy of urban security in Latin America.

Jonny Steinberg

Jonny Steinberg is Lecturer in the Criminology of Africa at Oxford University. He is the author of several books about everyday life in the wake of South Africa’s transition to democracy including Midlands, about the murder of a white South African farmer, The Number, a biography of a prison gangster, and Three-Letter Plague, which chronicles a young man’s journey through South Africa’s AIDS pandemic.

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London School of Economics and Political Science, Research Centre Meeting Suite, Tower 2, 9th floor
Houghton St
WC2B 4RR London
United Kingdom

Friday, 28 February 2014 from 14:00 to 18:00 (GMT)


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