HISTORY ACTS 16: POLICE VIOLENCE

Tuesday 21 May, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Room 103, 30 Russell Square, Birkbeck, University of London, WC1B 5DT.

For information contact Flore Janssen (f.janssen@bbk.ac.uk)

 ACTIVISTS

Kevin Blowe – co-ordinator of Netpol

The Network for Police Monitoring seeks to monitor public order, protest and street policing, and to challenge and resist policing which is excessive, discriminatory or threatens civil rights. Netpol has built an inclusive network of activists, campaigners, lawyers and researchers to create a forum for sharing knowledge, experience and expertise. Through active campaigning, sharing knowledge and building awareness, Netpol aims to effectively challenge policing strategies which are unnecessarily damaging to any sector of our society.

Second group TBC

HISTORIANS

Jonah Miller is a research student at King’s College London. He recently published ‘The Touch of the State: Stop and Search in England, c.1660-1750’ in History Workshop Journal

Anja Johansen is a Senior Lecturer in History at Dundee University. Her research is focused on the relationship between police and the public in France, Germany and Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her current research project “Quarrelsome Citizens: Emerging Police complaints Cultures in London, Paris and Berlin, 1880-1914” compares the ways in which individual citizens challenged police violence and malpractice. She is also interested in the development of civil liberties activism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how individual citizens sought to challenge public authorities – including the police and the judiciary.

HISTORY ACTS workshops are led by activists, who give a short talk or presentation about their work. A historian or historians working on a relevant topic will then respond, before opening it up to group discussion.

HISTORY ACTS is a radical history forum, affiliated to the Raphael Samuel Centre, and based at the Institute of Historical Research. Our goal is to bring together radical and leftwing historians and contemporary activists. We want to find new ways to engage as academics with contemporary struggles, to learn from activists, and to see how we can use what expertise and institutional resources we have to provide active solidarity.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays every month in term-time. They are usually held at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Sessions are free and open to any historian, any history student, or anyone interested in how history can work for social and political change.

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