Just a quick post to announce that the Border Criminologies blog has restarted for the 2018-19 academic year.  We hope everyone had some restful time over the break.

In Oxford, we are pleased to announce generous financial support from the Open Society Foundation for a new comparative project focusing on supporting human rights in immigration detention in Greece and Italy. In building and disseminating information about everyday life in detention in the context of human rights monitoring and protection mechanisms, we seek to provide much-needed narratives to challenge the growing xenophobia that is corroding political discourse and practice. It builds on long-standing work in Greece, conducted by Hindpal Bhui, Andriani Fili and Mary Bosworth, will include new partners in both countries. Francesca Esposito will assist with the Italian fieldwork. While the project will not start until the New Year, we will spend the next few months setting it up.  In preparation, we will soon start publishing our first briefings from the ESRC-IAA project on monitoring Human Rights in Immigration Detention in Greece, UK and Turkey.

Here too, we are part of a new initiative with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Turpin & Miller Solicitors, offering free legal advice to foreign national prisoners in the nearby all-foreign national HMP Huntercombe. Over the summer, the first student intern worked alongside Tom Giles from Turpin & Miller, and over the next few months, other criminology and law students will have the opportunity to participate in this much-needed program. The lawyers at Turpin & Miller have already had a significant effect, assisting a number of men with successful bail applications and with applications for refugee status.

Changes are afoot in the blog; not only do we hope to include soon more video material, but Gabriella Sanchez will be editing Spanish-language contributions to widen our readership and increase engagement. If you have any ideas for topics, or, if you would like to contribute a short video diary about your work (in English or Spanish), please get in touch.

We have received a number of submissions for the Masters’ Dissertation Prize, all of which look excellent.  We will announce the winner and runner up in due course, and profile their work on the blog. Thanks to the generous support of Leiden Law School, through Maartje van der Woude’s VIDI grant, our SSRN paper series, which offers research papers on criminal justice, borders and citizenship downloadable for free, has funding for one final year.  It will, however, only circulate two issues to our reading list.  To make up the shortfall we will post regular updates on the blog and on twitter about articles that have been included. If anyone has any leads for dissemination grants, please do get in touch.

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I am sure it will be another busy year for us all. Good luck with it all!