Researchers organise symposium to explore significance of music in criminal justice system

Our University will be exploring the significance of music in the criminal justice system during a free public symposium taking place on Friday 23 June.

The conference, organised by the Department of Criminology, is an opportunity for researchers who are conducting innovative work in the area to share ideas and generate discussion with a wider community.

The event, titled ‘Music in Criminal Justice’, has been co-organised by senior research members within the University and is led by interdisciplinary research students within the Department.

PhD student Kate Herrity, who is organising the event, said: “This is a unique area of research and there really is nothing quite like it going on at the moment. It brings such a diverse group of people together and we are keen to foster greater interaction with our wider community.”

Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon from the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology, who supervises Kate's research, said: “This innovative and refreshing approach to criminal justice and prison research promises not only to gain new insights into the lived experiences of those in prison but to engage the public in a lively and creative manner. Such novel methods break down barriers making criminological research accessible to everyone."

The symposium is part of an annual series of events run by the University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology entitled ‘Criminology at the Crossroads' which aims to explore the potential of other disciplines in order to advance criminological knowledge by incorporating creative and innovative approaches to methods and research.

The conference will take place at Brookfield Campus on 23 June 2017 between 9:30AM to 5:30PM.