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Glasgow Zine Library

Social Theory & Pop Culture: ‘True Crime’ Boom & Social Harm (Online)

Sun 9 July 2023

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Top: a person listens to headphones. Below, collaged image of phones playing a podcast: "Death in Alaska"

Image: Jules Scheele

Please note: this event will be held in person at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and online. Please make sure you book the correct ticket as it may not be possible to exchange them. In-person tickets are available at a separate event listing.

Considering the vast landscape of recent true crime – from podcasts and documentaries to the coverage of high profile trials like Amber v Johnny – this talk will use ‘Social Harm Theory’ and ‘Hierarchies of Victimisation’ to aim to understand the reframing of crime and victimisation today.

How do we come to understand our own potential victimhood when we consume this kind of media? Are we actively participating in the reframing of crime, violence, harm and victimisation when we engage with true crime?

Like previous talks in the Zine Library’s ‘Social Theory and Pop Culture’ series, this event will hope to give attendees an introduction to Social Harm theories and Victimology, as well as some critical engagement with the ‘Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered’ branch of true crime as light entertainment.

CONTENT WARNINGS: Discussion of crime, victimhood and representations of violence.
About the facilitator:

Dr Gemma Flynn teaches Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Strathclyde and is the host of the Zine Library’s ‘Social Theory and Pop Culture’ series, as well as co-host of Vision Board, an alternative comedy night running regularly at the Zine Library.

This event is for ages 18+ and will be held online. You will need a good internet connection and a laptop/computer/mobile device to join us.

There will be 100 attendees maximum, and the event will feature comfort breaks. During this event, attendees will participate in: visual presentations.

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Event Type


Talks & Events


Online via Zoom


6:00pm — 7:15pm





Tickets: £0/1/2/4/6/8/10/12


BSL interpretation

Live transcription

Tickets no longer available