Presented By: Dr Victoria Canning, University of Bristol
Dr Victoria Canning, University of Bristol, gave our inaugural SCCJR Seminar for 2020 on ‘Zemiology at the border: addressing asylum harms in Northern Europe.’
Dr Alistair Fraser, Diretror of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) introduced Dr Canning and the seminar was chaired by Francesca Soliman of the University of Edinburgh. Zemiology is often referred to as a form of critical criminology, or a sub-discipline of criminology.
In this seminar Dr Canning focuses on border harms as a way to disaggregate the two perspectives. Drawing on empirical research with women seeking asylum in Northern Europe, as well interviews with lawyers, barristers and psychologists, this paper outlines why harm matters as much as ‘crime’ in the context of bordering. Highlighting everyday forms of bureaucratic violence, Dr Canning outlines why we should move toward evidencing mass and endemic harms as a separate approach, and thus move forward the discipline of Zemiology.
Photo by Julie Ricard, Unsplash.