Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime

Frederico VareseGuest speaker: Professor Federico Varese (Oxford University)

Date: Monday 5 March 2018

Time: 1pm to 2pm

Venue: MA030, Wulfruna Building, City Campus (Wulfruna), Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY

No booking required. Open to the public.

About the lecture

We see mafias as vast, powerful organisations, harvesting billions of dollars across the globe and wrapping their tentacles around everything from governance to finance. But is this the truth?

In search of answers, Federico Varese has travelled from mafia initiation ceremonies in far-flung Russian cities to elite gambling clubs in downtown Macau. Using wiretapped conversations, interviews and previously unpublished police records, he will paint in his lecture a picture of the real men and women caught up in mafia life, showing their loves and fears, ambitions and disappointments, as well as their crimes.

Professor Varese will argue in his lecture that as our world changes, so must mafias. Globalisation, migration and technology are disrupting traditions and threatening their revenue streams, and the Mafiosi must either evolve or die.

About the speaker

Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He has written on the Russian mafia, Soviet criminal history, migration of mafia groups, Somali piracy and the dynamics of altruistic behaviour. His 'Mafias on the Move' was the Recipient of The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime 2012 Outstanding Publication Award.

The author will be signing copies of his book after the talk at a discounted price of £8. Please bring correct change.