Power, Prejudice and Truth: social science and counter-investigations

Hosted by the Department of Law and Mannheim Centre

Online public event


Professor Didier Fassin


Professor Nicola Lacey

In this event, anthropologist and sociologist Didier Fassin will present key themes from his recent book Death of a Traveller.  

The book engages in a 'counter-investigation' into a fatal encounter between armed French police and a member of the travelling community.  In doing so, it raises deep and troubling questions about the quality of interactions between marginalized communities and official police and judicial processes; and about power, prejudice, and differing constructions of truth.  It will be of interest to lawyers, criminologists, anthropologists and sociologists, and indeed to a general audience.

Meet our speaker and chair

Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and holds a Direction of Studies in Political and Moral Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has been appointed to the Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France.

Nicola Lacey is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy. From 1998 to 2010 she held a Chair in Criminal Law and Legal Theory at LSE; she returned to LSE in 2013 after spending three years as Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, and Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Oxford. She has held a number of visiting appointments, most recently at Harvard Law School.

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The Department of Law (@LSELaw) is one of the world’s best law schools. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 10 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2020. In the QS World University rankings for 2020, the Department was ranked sixth (out of 200 departments worldwide). Our staff play a major role in helping to shape policy debates, and in the education of current and future lawyers and legal scholars from around the world.

The Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a forum for scholars across the Departments of LSE to engage in research and support teaching of criminology. Members come from the Departments of Law, Sociology, Social Psychology, Social Policy and Methodology.

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This online public event is free and open to all but pre-registration is required.

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