Border Criminologies has had a busy Michaelmas term. We have run our usual term card, welcoming a series of guest speakers from around the UK. In September, we hosted an international two-day seminar on Race, Migration and Criminal Justice Control. The papers from this workshop will appear in 2017 in a book edited by Mary Bosworth, Alpa Parmar and Yolanda Vázquez and published by Oxford University PressOur members have produced a number of scholarly outputs, including Ines Hasselberg’s co-edited book Deportation, Anxiety, Justice, and a short film produced for the Social Science Division about Mary Bosworth’s Immigration Detention Archive. Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is currently in Jogjakarta Indonesia making a play based on her work with Mary on the immigration detention. The script uses the archive and testimonies in a documentary fiction set in a detention centre. To build the set she is the resident artist in the Papermoon Theatre, working on a production that will premier in their Pesta Boneka festival on December 2 and in the Konzerttheatre Bern, Switzerland in March 16, 2017.

The Border Criminologies team continues to grow. In September 2016 we began an institutional partnership with Leiden Law School, who will take over the funding of the SSRN once Mary’s Leverhulme runs out. We also welcomed two new Associate Directors: Dr Ana Aliverti, from the University of Warwick (and a Criminology Alumna) who will focus on the legal aspects of migration and Dr Vanessa Barker from the University of Stockholm (and former visitor to the Centre for Criminology) who has particular responsibility for public outreach. Finally, we have two new student editors working on the blog and on our social media accounts: Liz Kullman and Dominic Aitken.

As part of our commitment to outreach, Border Criminologies has recently launched three new initiatives: A Masters Dissertation Prize, a new Working Papers Series and a guest Twitter Project. The Prize, which is being generously supported by Routledge, seeks to reward and encourage the next generation of scholars by focusing on Masters students who produce outstanding research dissertations. There will be two recipients of the Border Criminologies Prize each year. The winner and the runner up will receive £200 and £100 worth of Routledge books respectively. The prize will be judged by a panel made up of members of the Border Criminologies team and representatives from the Border Criminologies Advisory Group.

The Border Criminologies Working Paper Series will be part of the wider SSRN’s Criminal Justice, Borders & Citizenship Research Paper Series. It provides an opportunity to publish academic work containing research results promptly, without interfering with later publication in a peer-reviewed journal. You can submit your dissertation or working paper to bordercrim@law.ox.ac.uk.

Finally for the Guest Twitter project, our Twitter account @Bordercrim is taken over for one week at a time by members of our network. The aim is to give the floor to emerging scholars, researchers, and practitioners from around the world to share their work, ideas, opinions and news from their countries, etc. If you are interested in participating in this project please contact Andriani Fili (andriani.fili@crim.ox.ac.uk).