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Mannheim Centre

Room 2.53

2nd Floor, Old Building

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE

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Professor Jennifer Brown

Dr Meredith Rossner

Dr Leonidas Cheliotis
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Mannheim Centre for Criminology



The Mannheim Centre for Criminology was set up in November 1990, named in honour of Hermann Mannheim (see Herman Mannheim: a biographical note).

It is a multidisciplinary centre incorporating staff from across LSE. The Centre provides a forum for LSE criminology, including undergraduate and postgraduate courses, funded research, and a large number of conferences, seminars and other public events, including the joint seminar series with the British society of criminology. 


 Mannheim Centre Seminar Series 2017-2018

with  the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch

Please Note:  All seminars begin at 6:30, participants are welcome to join for an informal welcome from 6pm


Michaelmas Term

11 October
Scott Decker (Arizona), The Promise of Ethnography: Gangs, Active Offenders and Policy.
Chair: Meredith Rossner (LSE)
Location: New Academic Building 1.04

8 November
Anette Ballinger (Keele), Law, 'Truth' and Criminal Injustice: Case-Studies in Gender and Punishment
Chair: Janet Foster (LSE)
Location: Clement House 3.02

6 December
Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex), Political Violence: A Typology 
Chair: Tim Newburn (LSE)
Location: New Academic Building 1.04


Lent Term

10 January
Beth Weaver (Strathclyde), Desistance
Chair: Leo Cheliotis (LSE)
Location: New Academic Building 1.04

28 February
Jen Turner (Liverpool), The Prison Boundary: Between Society and Carceral Space
Chair: Coretta Phillips (LSE)
Location: New Academic Building 1.04

21 March
Jenni Ward (Middlesex) Transforming Justice: Modernisation in the Lower Criminal Courts
Chair: Insa Koch (LSE)
Location: Clement House 4.02


Summer Term

16 May
Panel on ‘Deep Imprisonment' with  Ben Crewe (Cambridge), Alison Liebling (Cambridge), Yvonne Jewkes (Brighton)
Chair: Leo Cheliotis (LSE)
Location: New Academic Building Alumni Theatre

6 June
Insa Koch (LSE), The Paradox of Punishment: an Anthropology of Crime, Politics and Welfare at the UK's Margins
Chair: Tim Newburn (LSE)
Location: New Academic Building 1.04


Other Events

LSE Law Department Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Theory Forum 2017-2018

Programme available here.


26 October 2017  Professor Nicola Lacey will be speaking at the British Academy on 'Women, crime, and character in the 20th century.'  More information can be found here


 See Events archive for all our full listing of our past events and seminars.


An appreciation of Nicole Rafter  ( 1939- 2016)

By Frances  Heidensohn



Nicole Rafter, who has died suddenly at the age of 76, was an outstanding criminologist, a feminist and a community activist as well as a warm and lively friend and colleague. She spent most of her academic career at the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, North Eastern University, Boston, but she also held fellowships and visiting posts at universities all over the world, including Oxford, Melbourne, Austria and all the Nordic nations. She contributed to at least three major areas of criminology:

- feminist criminology, where she and  I edited a collection on international perspectives (1995) and her study Partial Justice (1990 ) is a classic work on women's prisons in the US;

- crime films-Shots in the Mirror and Criminology Goes to the Movies

- biological and eugenic approaches exemplified by The Criminal Brain and her translations of Lombroso's key texts, the first full versions ever to be published in English.


She was as active and engaged as ever up to her death: her The Crime of All Crimes, a criminological approach to genocide has just appeared.

Nicky's achievements were rightly recognised by many honours and awards; she was a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, received the Sutherland Award of the ASC and was a Fullbright scholar. She was one of the founders of the Division on Women and Crime of the ASC, acted as its chair and won its Senior Scholar award.

Her record of research, publication and the highest international recognition is notable and exemplary, but above all, she was a most generous friend, mentor and encourager of others. She was a lively, sought after teacher and was endlessly kind and patient with younger colleagues.

Notwithstanding her high level of publication, she lived a full and varied family and cultural life at home in Boston's North End and on numerous adventures with her devoted husband of over 50 years, Robert Hahn, in the US and abroad. Visits with them to art galleries and museums around the world were always remarkable in the fresh insights gained and the new perspectives they suggested on their favourite painters. She had an amazing gift for friendship from which I and many other benefitted. She will be very greatly missed by Rob, their son, daughter & daughter in law and a host of friends.



For older news updates please see our News archive.


This information is generated by an RSS feed from LSE Research Online, and shows the 20 most recent publications (either published, or accepted for publication).

Please refer to the LSE Experts Mannheim group for further publications.


Mannheim in the News


19 February. Professor Jennifer Brown on police scandals in Ireland.

31 January. Professor  Jennifer Brown on why torture does not work. 




04 May. Professor Jennifer Brown and Lord Stevens, deputy chair and chair of the Independent Commision into Policing, have blogged about Hillsborough and 'cop culture' here.

26 April.  Professor Tim Newburn has responded to the recent Hillsborough jury verdict here.

15 April.  Professor Jennifer Brown has written two blog posts about domestic violence the the BBC radio series The Archers.  These can be found here and here

08 March
  Read a new blog post about Blame and Forgiveness by Nicola Lacey and Hanna Pickard on the OUP blog here.

05 February. The Howard Leage of Penal Reform have recently published a pamphlet by Ed Cape on 'Abolishing Police Bail'.  this work arose out of the 'What If...?' series organised in collaboration with the Mannheim Centre. The pamplet can be found here.  

Recent podcasts

Recent videos

Reading the Riots

Released on 16 September 2014

Contributor(s): Professor Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, talks about the prize-winning study ‘Reading the Riots’ that he did with the Guardian newspaper.