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In this guest post, Professor Tony Cross (Fellow 1986 – 2004) reports on a recent and clearly exhilarating trip to St Petersburg.

I was attending what was in fact the Sixth Congress of Petrine Towns, held annually in June at the time of Peter the Great’s birthday. This year it also coincided with the British-Russia Year of Culture and its theme was Five Centuries of British-Russian Cultural Contacts.

I gave a paper on ‘The British Tourist in Imperial Russia’ at the opening plenary session in the Hermitage Theatre and also chaired a session. I was also interviewed along with the Director of the Hermitage and the Russian Federation Deputy Minister of Culture by a battery of media and appeared on the evening Moscow news! Read more…

Nicola Padfield

About Nicola Padfield

Nicola Padfield MA, Dip Crim, DES became Master of Fitzwilliam College in October 2013. She is a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1991.

Posted in Guest posts · Master's blog

Megan Smith (English 2009) is currently teaching English in Hong Kong. Reports of my lecture in New York provoked her to send these thoughts, based on her experience as a volunteer language teacher in Lo Wu Women’s Prison, Hong Kong.

Having had my attention drawn to the Master’s presentation on the concept of ‘walls’ and comparing the undergraduate population of Fitzwilliam College with the prison population of England and Wales, I felt compelled to write a response drawing on my own experiences of the division between the punitive and rehabilitative aspects I have encountered whilst volunteering at Lo Wu Prison.

Lo Wu is the last mini-bus stop in Hong Kong before the Mainland border – and also the final destination for the majority of the women from Mainland China who commit immigration offences or are illegally involved in the sex trade. Being physically located on a border perhaps then becomes a pertinent metaphor for the many types of division to which one is a witness when experiencing this place. Lo Wu Women’s Prison is, quite literally, the end of the line. Read more…

Nicola Padfield

About Nicola Padfield

Nicola Padfield MA, Dip Crim, DES became Master of Fitzwilliam College in October 2013. She is a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1991.