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Emotional advocates: immigration work as emotional labour

  • Tuesday 7th May 2024, 11:30am-1:30pm
  • Room S2.12 Law building, University of Warwick

Despite their centrality, the emotional dimensions of immigration work remain hidden. This seminar brings together practitioners, activists and academics to discuss the place of emotions and emotional labour in both bordering and unbordering, that is their capacity to reinforce and disrupt immigration regimes.


  • Thom Tyerman (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Melanie Griffiths (Birmingham University)
  • Robert Bircumshaw (Central England Law School)

This is an in-person and hybrid event open to all. Please RSVP here.

The faces of vulnerability and the governance of homelessness in England

  • Thursday 14th March 2024
  • Room R1.15 Ramphal building, University of Warwick

Vulnerability is often a byword for homelessness, as is the related term of 'complex need'. However, the definition of these terms varies wildly depending on the context, leaving those who make claims for assistance in a precarious position. This seminar explores the contradictory, competing definitions of 'vulnerability' and 'duty of care' that circulate, and it offers a frontline perspective on the emotional challenges that ensue.


  • Dr Rachael Dobson (Birkbeck College)
  • Jhoana Serna (freelance facilitator, trainer, reflective practitioner & coach)

This is an in-person & hybrid event open to all.

Modern slavery at the intersection of emotion, morality and policy

  • Thursday 7th December 2024 2pm-3:30pm
  • Room OC1.08 Oculus building, University of Warwick

This seminar places in dialogue the perspectives of anti-slavery practitioners and critical trafficking scholars. It explores the emotional and moral complexities of modern slavery as an object of study and policy intervention


  • Angelo Martins Junior (University of Birmingham)
  • Samuel Okyere (University of Bristol)
  • Nigel Oseman (West Midlands Anti-slavery Network

This is an in-person & hybrid event open to all.

Managing penal sentiments

  • The emotional labour of prisoner participation and prison staff

    • Thursday 5 October 2023; 2pm-3:30pm
    • Room S2.12, Warwick Law School

    This seminar explores the everyday interactions of prisoners and prison officers. What tensions did managerialism, austerity and the COVID-19 pandemic generate for those who work and live in prisons? How are prison officer culture and neoliberal agendas affecting staff and prisoners? What are the possibilities of emerging initiatives that promise increased prisoner involvement in the running of the institution?


    • Dr Jamie Bennett (Youth Justice Board and former prison governor)
    • Brendan Doyle and Sean Campbell (User Voice)

This is an in-person & hybrid event open to all.

The seminar is co-organized in collaboration with Warwick’s Centre for Operational Police ResearchLink opens in a new window.

Policing & Trauma

Trauma-informed policing and police encounters with trauma.

  • Friday 15 September 2023; 11am-1pm
  • Room MS.03 Zeeman Building, University of Warwick

This seminar explores trauma and complex emotions in the labour of police officers in the UK. How do police officers navigate emotional boundaries in their work and in their engagements with those they police? And how far are police forces becoming trauma-aware?


  • Dr Karen Lumsden (University of Aberdeen) & Dr Alex Black (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Inspector Tony Eustace (West Midlands Police) & Sergeant Matt Manwaring (West Midlands Police)

This is an in-person & hybrid event open to all.

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