Connection: Professor Laura Piacentini

Episode 3


Season 1

2nd December 2020 | Professor Laura Piacentini | 33:20

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’.

Visit our website: www.sccjr.ac.uk

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