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Farewell Mike Presdee

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As many of you may know by now University of Kent Criminologist Mike Presdee passed away on 10 July 2009 after a long battle with cancer.  Mike was an active contributor to the growing field of cultural criminology for which his unique take on the nexus of youth culture and its criminalisation was a natural fit.  With an intensity honed as a Royal Marine and youth educator Mike’s writing was as vivid as it was penetrating.  As we remember Mike as an active contributor and advocate of critical criminology in all of its manifestations we are reminded to not only look for the subterranean forms of resistance and carnival in the environments that surround us but to actively engage with the fete of modern life for that is where this work of ours comes alive.

For those wishing to send condolences please contact us privately for a contact address.  An obituary for Mike was published in the Guardian Newspaper.  N.b. A longer obituatry will be published in the coming months in the journal Crime, Media and Culture for which Mike was an active contributor both as an author and reviewer.

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Upcoming Common Session

The next ‘Common Session’ is fast approaching.  The final programme will be available to the faculty contacts shortly if not already so please consult your own representitive for final word.  As we gear up for the next session please make note of any ideas, comments, concerns about the website that might be fed into further revisions.  Also, contributors, editors, and/or administrators are welcome and encouraged to join this page at any time.  If you are interested let me know and I can help you get up to speed–it is free to sign up by the way.   See you in the SUN!

‘Common Session’ Information Template

One of the key points to come out of the student meeting was a desire for local information about the ‘session’ and the site to be made available in ample time for students to plan their trips and expenses.  Developing a common template for each session was discussed as it would facilitate the smooth transition from one ‘session’ to the next.  So, as we begin the long process of developing a suitable website for the Programe we would like feedback on what information would be useful in planning your trip to each session.  (It is important to note that this information template is designed to consolidate info on the upcoming session and is separate from more general information about the programme (i.e. the forum, the history, and the archives)).  The following is an abridged version that was briefly discussed which is offered here to encourage conversation and comment.  Now it is your time to do your part and input your feedback. 

Here goes:

A Call for Papers – which mentions the ‘theme’ of the conference.

A Schedule of Events – to the extent that they are known in advance, at very least the dates of the conference.

Information on local accommodations and travel options – if possible a list of reasonably priced yet suitable accommodations in the local area.  In addition, if possible, links to recommended sites for local public transport and tips if known.

Conference contacts – Both the official faculty contact and a student contact if one is available and willing to serve in the capacity.

Miscellaneous – i.e. local entertainment options, local food options, ‘in case of emergency’ info, travel restrictions (visa requirements), maps of the local area, etc.

If you have anything to add here, remembering that the forum page and more generic information is best housed in a separate window or page, please feel free to comment.