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Moral Panics and the State

Starts: 09:30  22 November 2013
Ends:  16:00  22 November 2013

Moral Panics and the state

Led by Professor Mark Drakeford, Mr Mark Smith and Dr Michael Rosie

This event is the third and final in an ESRC ‘Moral Panics in the 21st Century’ seminar series, having previously been held at the Universities of Edinburgh and Bath. 

The Edinburgh event revisited the concept of Moral Panics, locating the concept within the family, exploring issues such as substance abuse, ‘troubled families’, criminal justice and healthy eating. The event in Bath looked at children and youth and related Moral Panics, exploring issues of child abuse, trafficking, and class identity.

The theme in Cardiff is ‘Moral Panics and the State’

We are very pleased to be joined by key speakers Professor Ray Jones and Dr Jan Fook. There will also be keynote addresses on the subjects of crime, subcultures and criminal justice.

In the afternoon, those attending will split into seminar groups to further explore and expand on some of the issues encountered in the morning session.
The day will conclude with a panel session. Programme to follow. 

Call for papers is now open (deadline for submissions 27th September 2013). 
Click here to access the abstract form 

Keynote speakers

Ray Jones
Ray will focus on moral panics, the state and social work, drawing on his recent book on the Baby Peter scandal, and his own experience of being front-paged in the Daily Mail and the Sun, during the 1990s, as a Director of Social Services who had paid for local young people, in trouble with the police, to go abroad.

Dr Jan Fook is known for her work in critical social work, particularly its application in individualised practice. She has had a long interest in researching practice, and its complexity, from the point of view of the practitioner. Her latest work is mainly in critical reflection, and she travels internationally to deliver training in this.

Please register here: 

9.30am registration
4.00pm close

Committee Rooms, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff, CF10 3WT

Other information

Cost: £40.00

Open To: Postgraduate Students
Staff and Students


Sponsored by: ESRC