Policing Piracy 1: The International Picture, Politics and Strategies Post 1989 Witness Seminar
  • Room 002/003, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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This event is the first of two witness seminars that will revisit issues relating to policing modern piracy through the recollections of those who were closely involved to record their oral histories.

The focus of this seminar will be on the international policing of and responses to modern day piracy and ship hijacking including Somalian and Malay pirates in the Gulf and Indian Ocean. 

A small panel of witnesses will briefly introduce themselves and comment on their professional role and understanding of the topic and its relevance. They will be asked a number of questions to initiate a discussion highlighting different perspectives and experiences. 

The session is then thrown open to the invited audience for comment, further questions or brief relevant testimony to extend the discussion. The seminar will be recorded and transcribed to add a valuable dimension to historical and broader academic debate contributing an important resource for scholars and for policymakers. 

Speakers include international negotiators and security experts and representatives from the UK's Joint Forces HQ.

The event is open to the public - please confirm attendance by emailing kim.stevenson@plymouth.ac.uk.

The event is hosted in association with Dr Michael Kandiah, Co-director of the Institute of Contemporary British History Witness Seminar Programme, Kings College London. 

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Biography: Kim Stevenson

Kim Stevenson is Professor of SocioLegal History with a particular interest in the history of crime and criminal justice. She is co-founder and co-director of SOLON: Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History and co-editor of the Routledge SOLON book series: Explorations in the Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice. She is currently leading research on Everyday Offending in Plymouth and the South West 1850-1914.

Biography: Dr Judith Rowbotham

Dr Judith Rowbotham is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Law, Criminology and Government and co-founded the SOLON project with Kim Stevenson and is Co-director. She is also one of the general editors of the Routledge SOLON series. Her research interests include the presentation or reportage of the criminal justice system and issues of gender, violence and cultural comprehensions of the law in action, from the late-18th century to the present. She is a trustee of the South West Police Heritage Trust and is also involved in the Everyday Offending project.

Biography: Dr Michael Kandiah

Michael Kandiah obtained a BA (Hons) in Economics and History from the University of Victoria and was awarded a PhD in History from the University of Exeter. Currently he is Director of the ICBH Witness Seminar Programme, which seeks to capture oral testimony of British politicians, diplomats, civil servants and other key individuals involved in significant events in recent British history. 

Dr Kandiah is on the editorial team of British Scholar which focuses on Britain’s relations with the wider world. He is a convenor of the International History Seminar, based at the Institute of Historical Research, and an Associate of the Cold War Studies Programme, based at LSE. 


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