Seldom has there been a time in history where human connection has meant more, but can we stay connected with one another and our work under these conditions?
To help us answer these questions Alistair Fraser is joined by our guest, Laura Piacentini, who is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Strathclyde. Laura has dedicated her professional life to forming connections in difficult circumstances from Russian prisons to former Soviet gulags and more recently has been using online forums to make connections.
Listen to Laura and Alistair’s conversation where they talk about poetry, pickled herring and vodka and how singing ‘Let it Be’ by the Beatles broke the ice with prison officers in Siberia.
Photo by Илья Косарев on Unsplash
Host: Dr Alistair Fraser
Produced and edited by Rachelle Cobain and Mark Cunningham
Follow Laura on twitter via: @LauraPiacentin2
Read more about Laura’s project “In the Gulag’s Shadow” here: http://www.gulagshadow.org/
Music: ‘Rewind’ by Donna Maciocia and Sean H available to download from the Distant Voices EP ‘Looking at Colours Again’.
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Our colleague Dr Louise Brangan from the University of Stirling was recently awarded the prestigious British Society of Criminology’s Brian Williams prize for her article, ‘Civilizing Imprisonment: The Limits of Scottish Penal Exceptionalism.’
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