Michael Fiddler

Dr Michael Fiddler BSc, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminology

Michael Fiddler joined the University of Greenwich in 2006 after completing his PhD at Keele University. His thesis explored the production of space within and around prisons. His published research explores the ways in which space, architecture and visual arts coalesce to inform understandings of crime and punishment. His current research project sees him explore a ‘Ghost Criminology’ that is informed by Derrida’s notion of hauntology.

Law

Responsibilities within the university

  • Associate Professor of Criminology
  • Teaching and Learning Lead, Module Leader

Awards

    • Ede and Ravenscroft Prize for the most successful Keele graduate to continue onto doctorial studies

Recognition

  • Fellow of the HEA
  • Editorial BoardsCrime Media Culture
    Prison Service Journal
  • External Examiner roles
    Birmingham City University (concluding 2020)
  • Membership
    European Society of Criminology

Research / Scholarly interests

Michael's main areas of interest have been representations of imprisonment, as well as theories of horror and the uncanny. His recent portfolio has generated an area that he labels 'Ghost Criminology'. This draws upon both Jacques Derrida’s notion of hauntology, as well as Abraham and Torok’s work with trauma. Ghost Criminology’s innovation lies in it application of hauntology and spectrality as conceptual frameworks to unpack and explore a sense of temporal dis-ease where it exists in relation to crime, criminality and punishment.

Key funded projects

Research on the reduction and prevention of deaths in custody - Independent Advisory Panel/Ministry of Justice (£99,000)

This research was commissioned by the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody to examine the impact of their policies on reducing deaths in custody across the secure estates (prisons, police cells, secure hospitals and immigration detention centres).

Recent publications

Article

Fiddler, Michael and , (2022), Phantom architecture: Jeremy Bentham’s haunted and haunting panopticon. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Incarceration, 3 (2) . pp. 1-18 2632-6663 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/26326663221101571).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), Ghosts of other stories: a synthesis of hauntology, crime and space. SAGE Publications. In: , , , . SAGE Publications, Crime, Media, Culture, 15 (3) . pp. 463-477 ISSN: 1741-6590 (Print), 2059-7991 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659018788399).

Fiddler, Michael and , Banwell, Stacy (2018), ‘Forget about all your taboos’: transgressive memory and Nazisploitation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Studies in European Cinema ISSN: 1741-1548 (Print), 2040-0594 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17411548.2018.1456188).

Banwell, Stacy and , Fiddler, Michael (2017), Gendered viewing strategies: A critique of holocaust-related films that eroticize, monsterize and fetishize the female body. Taylor and Francis. In: , , , . Taylor and Francis, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 24 (2) . pp. 150-171 ISSN: 1750-4902 (Print), 2048-4887 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17504902.2017.1383021) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Cutting through the fourth wall: the violence of home invasion in Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. Intellect. In: , , , . Intellect, Horror Studies, 8: 17 (1) . pp. 79-95 ISSN: 2040-3275 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/host.8.1.79_1).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2014), Interview: Prisoner B. HM Prison Service of England and Wales. In: , , , . HM Prison Service of England and Wales, Prison Service Journal, 215 . pp. 37-41 ISSN: 0300-3558 (Print), (doi: http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/sites/crimeandjustice.org.uk/files/PSJ%20215.pdf) NB Item availability restricted.

Book

Fanghanel, Alexandra , Milne, Emma, Zampini, Giulia Federica, Banwell, Stacy , Fiddler, Michael (2021), Sex and Crime. SAGE Publications Ltd. In: , , , . SAGE Publications Ltd, (1st) . ISBN: 9781526491138 (doi: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/sex-and-crime/book268495) NB Item availability restricted.

Book section

Fanghanel, Alexandra , Milne, Emma, Zampini, Giulia Federica, Fiddler, Michael , Banwell, Stacy (2021), The Future. SAGE Publications Ltd. In: , , In: Alexandra Fanghanel, Emma Milne, Giulia Federica Zampini, Stacy Banwell, Michael Fiddler (eds.), Sex and Crime. SAGE Publications Ltd, (1st) . pp. 305-319 . ISBN: 9781526491138 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2020), Ghost Criminology: a (spirit) guide. New York University Press. In: , , , Ghost Criminology: The Afterlife of Crime and Punishment. New York University Press, . ISBN: 9781479842438 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2020), Illegal Representations. SAGE Publications. In: , , , Sex and Crime. SAGE Publications, (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2019), “The baseless fabric of this vision”: criminology, spectrality and the dialectic image. New York University Press. In: , , , Ghost Criminology. New York University Press, (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends”: Crime, Criminality and the State in Westworld. NYUP. In: , , , Streaming Criminology. NYUP, (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Panopticism. Routledge. In: , , In: Avi Brisman, Eamonn Carrabine, Nigel South (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts. Routledge, Florence, Kentucky, US (1st) . pp. 463-466 . ISBN: 9781138819009 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Sherlock Holmes. Policy Press. In: , , In: Jo Turner, Paul Taylor, Karen Corteen, Sharon Morley (eds.), A Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice. Policy Press, . ISBN: 9781447325871 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), There's no place like home: encountering crime and criminality in representations of the domestic. Routledge. In: , , In: Michelle Brown, Eamonn Carrabine (eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology. Routledge, (1st) . pp. 540-552 . ISBN: 9781138888630 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Fiddler, Michael and , (2019), The baseless fabric of this vision: an examination of the occult(uration) of crime. In: 75th ASC Annual Meeting, 13-16 Nov 2019, San Francisco, USA , . , (doi: ).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), Ghosts of other stories: a hauntological examination of crime in space. In: European Society of Criminology Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2018, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina , . , . pp. 439-439 (doi: https://www.esc-eurocrim.org/images/esc/files/Abstracts_Sarajevo_2018.pdf).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2018), From Consulting Detective to Martian Mayor: using games mechanics in teaching. In: SHIFT 2018, Friday 5 January, 2018, Greenwich Maritime Campus, Queen Anne Court , . , (doi: https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/shift2018/paper/viewPaper/1158).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Cracking open the crypt: towards an occult criminology of the hidden and invisible. In: American Society of Criminology Conference, 15-18 November 2017, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA , . , (doi: ).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2017), Sherlock Holmes on Mars: using games in criminology teaching. In: Criminology at the Cutting Edge of the Curriculum, Thursday 14th September 2017, University of Derby , . , (doi: ).

Fiddler, Michael and , (2016), From Hell to Whitechapel: hauntology, crime and the construction of place.. In: American Society of Criminology Conference: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice, 16-19 November 2016, New Orleans Hilton, New Orleans, LA , . , (doi: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asc/asc16/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1146962&PHPSESSID=1epn29bcrfm88mvi43qnbjo375).

Banwell, Stacy and , Fiddler, Michael (2016), “You will love in love camp 7”: genocidal violence, verisimilitude and the poetics of space. In: 72nd Annual Meeting 2016: The Many Colors of Crime and Justice, 16 - 19 Nov 2016, New Orleans, USA , . , (doi: ).

Fiddler, Michael and , Jolliffe, Darrick (2016), Targeting 'terminal malignant alienation': Improving health literacy and reducing deaths in prison. In: Justice and Penal Reform conference, 16th-18th March 2016, Keble College, Oxford , . , (doi: ).

Edited book

Fiddler, Michael and , (2022), Ghost Criminology: The Afterlife of Crime and Punishment. New York University Press. In: , , , . New York University Press, . ISBN: 9781479842438 (doi: ).

Fiddler, Michael and , Black, Alli (2018), Prison Service Journal - Special edition focusing on 'The Arts in Prison'. Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In: , , , . Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, (239) ISSN: 0300-3558 (Print), (doi: https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/psj/prison-service-journal-239).