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Call for Papers: The State of Abolitionism Today - A special issue edited by Nicolas Carrier and Justin Piché

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Appel à contributions/Call for papers


The State of Abolitionism Today

A special issue edited by Nicolas Carrier and Justin Piché


Numerous analysts of the penal field have criticized the intensification of punishment experienced in most liberal democracies in the western world.  Dubbed the ‘punitive turn’ by some, contemporary penal policies and practices are contrasted to those of a supposed less punitive past characterized by an ethic of care for the criminalized. Recent discussions on the topic have led some scholars, notably in Anglophone debates, to call for a ‘public criminology’ or the advancement of more robust ‘public’ critiques of penal intensification with the goal of making penal politics more effective, useful, rational and humane. What is the place of abolitionist thought and action in this context? What arguments and actors support such work? In what ways is abolitionism relevant, if at all? This special issue of Champ pénal/Penal Field sets out to assess the state of abolitionism today.


The many targets of abolitionism

Analysts of the penal field tend to identify three targets of abolitionism: the prison and the industrial complex in which it operates, the penal system, and the diffusion of carceral controls in society more generally. Abolitionist thought and action also focuses on specific issues such as the criminalization of certain drugs, sex work, migration and political dissent against the State. Contributions to this special issue can address any of the multiple issues addressed in abolitionist work and could also explore the implications of the presence of multiple targets for activism, research and intellectual work.  


Drivers of and motives for action

This special issue aims to showcase diverse perspectives on how ‘justice’ is conceptualized and experienced, and how these inform contemporary abolitionist work. Why abolitionism? Because imprisonment, being subjected to carceral control, and punishment is unjust? In what ways? Is it sufficient to document the effects of institutionalized responses to problematized situations as many have done in regards to the prison? Is it necessary that facts inform our conception of justice? Is this possible and/or desirable? Are the drivers of and motives for taking an abolitionist stance stable in time and space, anchored in long-established traditions of thinking and acting, or is renewal underway?  


Strategies and alternatives

What alternative ways of conceptualizing and responding to criminalized conflicts and harms characterize abolitionist work today?  On what grounds do we oppose a penal system that claims to be in the business of justice? What lessons can be learned from past abolitionist efforts? How does abolitionism position itself vis-à-vis less radical approaches such as penal minimalism? How do abolitionists respond to the critique that there will always be a ‘dangerous few’ who need to be controlled and imprisoned? Does engaging in the ‘de-ontologization’ of dangerousness suffice? What are the similarities and differences between abolitionism, restorative justice, transformative justice and social justice? Does abolitionism imply anarchism, or can it be envisioned within State sovereignty?  How is a world without punishment imagined or practiced? Are the kinds of social relations required to involve those most impacted when addressing conflicts and harms promoted by abolitionists possible in a globalized context characterized by social distance? What is an abolitionist response to ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’? Is abolitionism, like criminology, a domestically driven endeavour? In the context of a global lockdown and expanding surveillance in western democracies, abolitionist arguments have been characterized as utopian – is this the case?  And if so, is this a problem?





Proposed contributions can be submitted in English or in French.  To reach as broad of a readership as possible, we are striving towards a bilingual collection and authors whose works are accepted for publication are encouraged, but not obligated, to translate their papers.


Submission guidelines

The word count for papers is between 8,000 and 15,000 words.  The articles must also conform (!) with the submission guidelines of the journal, which can be found at


Article submissions

An abstract outlining your proposed contribution must be submitted no later than March 1, 2014.  The submission deadline for completed papers is September 1, 2014.  In both cases, please send your correspondence to the following addresses:


Another invitation …

We invite those interested in contributing to this special issue to present a preliminary version of their papers at the Fourth Conference – Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice to be held June 11 and 12, 2014 at Carleton University or at the Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition to be held June 13 to 15, 2014 at the University of Ottawa.  Both universities are located on Algonquin Territory / in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  For more information, please visit or write to Justin or Nicolas.


Nicolas Carrier

Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Carleton University


Justin Piché

Department of Criminology

University of Ottawa





Call for Papers: CLSA Mid-Winter, 2014

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This is a general interest call for participation in the CLSA’s Annual Mid- Winter MeetingJanuary 11-12, 2014at the Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies, University of Toronto.  This year, members are encouraged to organize thematic round table discussions on such topics as: ‘aboriginal perspectives on law’, 'law and religion’, ‘criminal law’, ‘legal jurisprudence’ or other areas of research interest.  Individual submissions are also welcome. The Mid-Winter meeting is an informal gathering and is a great way to connect and get involved with the CLSA.
Please send a brief abstract or description of your roundtable proposal to Maura Matesic ( <>) by December 15, 2013.  All accepted proposals will be scheduled to take place on January 11, 2014 and the board meeting will be on January 12, 2014.

Dean, University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law

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University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada's oldest English language university, plays a significant role in enhancing the social and economic lives of the people of New Brunswick. With two main campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, UNB provides innovative and diverse programs to almost 11,000 students annually while several thousand more take advantage of distance education and programs at partner campuses around the world.   The environment, the cost of living and the commitment to innovation are just some of the advantages of living and working in New Brunswick. To learn more about the University of New Brunswick please visit

Founded in 1892, UNB’s Faculty of Law offers the JD degree and a JD/MBA program in a distinctly supportive and collegial environment. The Faculty defines its mission as providing high quality, accessible, university-based legal education to approximately 240 students. Offering a highly structured JD program, the faculty prepares students for the professional practice of law, in a way that is consistent with the university’s traditional role of fostering critical inquiry and personal growth. The Faculty’s research mission extends throughout Canada and overseas while the Faculty maintains an Atlantic focus and a commitment to service to the province of New Brunswick.   For more information, please go to

Reporting to the Vice-President Fredericton (Academic), the Dean of the Faculty of Law provides leadership and is responsible for the administration of the Faculty, including academic programs, personnel, budgets, alumni relations and fundraising.   Working collaboratively with professors and support staff to advance the Faculty’s mission, the Dean represents the Faculty of Law internally and to a wide range of external constituents.

A distinguished individual, the Dean of Law will continue to expand on the Faculty’s theme of preparation for practice.  A member of the University’s management team, the Dean will bring experience in administration, be a visible and vocal champion of UNB and the Faculty, and be active in raising the profile of the Faculty of Law and increasing support for students.  He or she will have experience as an exemplary leader, an inspirational communicator and educator with outstanding professional experience. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of New Brunswick is committed to the principle of employment equity. 

Should you want to learn more please call Danielle Conn or Maureen Geldart at (604) 926-0005 or forward your CV, a letter of introduction and the names of three referees, in confidence, to





Job Posting: Tenure-track position in Human Rights, St Thomas University

Thu, 2013-10-03 16:02 -- manager

St. Thomas University invites applications for the Tenure Track position in the Human Rights Programme, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, to begin July 1, 2014, pending budgetary approval.

St. Thomas University is an undergraduate, liberal arts institution with a full-time enrolment of 2,400. Its students graduate with Bachelor of Arts, Applied Arts, Education, and Social Work degrees. The faculty members are distinguished teachers, researchers and scholars, and the University holds four Canada Research Chairs.

The successful candidate will have research and teaching expertise in Human Rights. Candidates with expertise in Canadian, comparative, and/or international human rights law and institutions, and a focus on contemporary human rights issues will be preferred. The successful candidate must have a track record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and student engagement. A commitment to the principles of a liberal arts education is required. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the development of the Human Rights Programme at St. Thomas University.

A PhD, or equivalent, in Human Rights or a related field is required. Applicants are to submit a curriculum vitae, samples of scholarly work, evidence of teaching effectiveness (teaching portfolio preferred), and arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Sara MacDonald, Acting-Director, Human Rights Programme, St. Thomas University, Fredericton NB, E3B 5G3.

Closing date: October 31, 2013. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their completed applications, including letters of reference, are received by this date.

An equal opportunity employer, St. Thomas University is committed to employment equity for women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minority groups, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The Canadian Journal of Human Rights - 2014 Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions: Dec 30th, 2013
The Canadian Journal of Human Rights (CJHR), the only academic journal of its kind in Canada, is now accepting submissions for its next volume.
The CJHR is published by the Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba; however, it is not a typical law journal. The journal is both a national and international forum for scholars to share and debate ideas in human rights and humanitarian law and policy. It is the only journal in Canada that deals exclusively with human rights scholarship. 
As developments in the area of human rights are not limited to legal events and analyses, the CJHR has an interdisciplinary focus and will publish quality papers that deal with human rights issues in a broader socio-legal arena. There is no requirement that submissions have a strict legal focus.
The CJHR welcomes submissions from scholars from diverse backgrounds of academic engagement. Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French.
Please see our web site at for specific manuscript requirements and further information. Kindly send submissions via e-mail as attachments in Word to:
Dr. Donn Short, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Human Rights
Authors should include full contact information (name, institution, mailing address, telephone) in the body of the e-mail.
Deadline for submissions is December 30th, 2013.

Appel à contributions: Association Canadienne Droit et Société, Conférence annuelle 2014

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Association Canadienne Droit et Société, Conférence annuelle 2014

6 au 8 juin 2014

Faculté de droit, Université du Manitoba


Rencontrer le droit : Systèmes et normes coexistants et contradictoires  


Le droit est dynamique. Les transformations du droit prennent place à l’intérieur d’une société mais peuvent aussi opérer à travers les sociétés. Les changements sont influencés par la course prise par la société et, au même temps, la société est transformée par les préceptes du droit. Au cours des interactions qui prennent place dans la société, le droit s’exprime en plusieurs formes. Ses formes peuvent êtres complémentaires ou contradictoires. L’intérêt de la Conférence annuelle 2014 est les divers rencontres du droit en navigant les interactions de la société. Cela comporte une exploration des normes légaux et socio-légaux coexistants en plus des contradictions inhérentes au cours de ces interactions. Nous cherchons des présentations, sessions, et d’autres groupes qui explorent les rencontres du droit aux périphéries mais aussi au centre.


Notre thème explore plusieurs domaines de la pensée socio-légale incluant :

-          Allégeances disciplinaires du savoir socio-légal

-          Les lois et traditions indigènes et systèmes légaux alternatifs

-          Les interactions entre les normes sociaux, le droit, et d’autres formes d’expression légale

-          Les droits/normes internationaux et le droit domestique

-          Les fondements historiques des complexités des interactions légaux 

-          Les rencontres légaux émergentes

-          Les rencontres du droit avec le sexe, les handicaps, la race, la santé, l’âge, la criminalisation

-          Les crises – guerre, terrorisme, financières, etc. – et le développement spontané du droit étant donné les normes préexistantes

-          Les interactions entre le droit et la différence      


Nous invitons des propositions concernant ces domaines ou d’autres qui explorent les coexistences et contradictions existants alors des rencontres entre le droit et les peuples, les communautés, et la société en générale. Les propositions peuvent inclure, mais ne sont pas limités à :     

-          Présentations

-          Sessions

-          Ateliers pour les étudiants de deuxième ou troisième cycle

-          Tables rondes

-          Ateliers de recherche

-          Sessions d’auteurs rencontrant lecteurs

Nous invitions aussi des expressions d’intérêts pour présider une session.

Veuillez envoyer vos propositions de 250 à 300 mots, incluant 2 à 4 mots clés, affiliation institutionnelle, et coordonnées à Maura Matesic,, d’ici le 15 janvier 2014. Une reconnaissance de reçu de votre proposition sera envoyée.   

CLSA 2014 Annual Meeting: Call for Papers

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Canadian Law and Society Association, Annual Meeting 2014

June 6-8, 2014

Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba


Law’s Encounters: Co-existing and Contradictory Norms and Systems


Law is dynamic. Over the course of time, law changes within and across societies. These changes are influenced by the course that society takes and in turn, society changes based on the dictates of law. In the process of societal interactions, law becomes expressed in multiple forms. Some of these forms are complementary, others are contradictory. The focus of the Canadian Law and Society’s Annual Meeting in 2014 is law’s multiple encounters in navigating interactions in society. It involves an exploration of co-existing legal and socio-legal norms as well as the contradictions inherent in some of these encounters. We are interested in papers, panels and other groups that explore law’s encounters at the margins as well as the center.


Our broad theme explores several areas of socio-legal thought and scholarship including:

-          Disciplinary allegiances in socio-legal scholarship

-          Indigenous laws and traditions and other legal systems

-          Interactions between social norms, statute and other forms of legal expression

-          International law/norms and domestic law

-          Historical foundations of law’s multi-faceted encounters

-          New and emerging socio-legal encounters

-          Law’s encounters with gender, disability, race, health, age, criminalization etc.

-          Crises – war, terrorism, financial crises and others – and spontaneous development of laws in light of pre-existing norms

-          Law’s encounters with difference


We invite proposals in these areas and others that explore the broad theme of the co-existences and contradictions inherent in law’s encounters with peoples, communities and broader society. Proposals may include but are not limited to:

-          Papers

-          Panels

-          Graduate student workshops

-          Roundtables

-          Research workshops

-          Author meets readers sessions

We also invite expressions of interest for chairing panels.

Please e-mail proposals of between 250 words to 300 words, including 2-4 keywords, institutional affiliation and contact details to Maura Matesic at by January 15, 2014. We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal.


Job Posting: Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University

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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Faculty of Arts
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Ryerson University in Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking an eminent scholar who studies the historical and cultural context for crime and crime control –examining such issues as social and cultural diversities, pluralistic values and attitudes, the role of historical and social change, and media representations - in the construction of crime and crime ‘problems’. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of criminal justice and criminology courses at the undergraduate level, as well as courses in their area of expertise.
The position will commence August 1, 2014 and is subject to final budgetary approval.
Required qualifications include a PhD in Criminology or a related field, evidence of an emerging scholarly record, evidence of high-quality teaching, and a capacity for collegial service. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, 3 recent research publications, results of teaching surveys (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier), and the names of at least 3 individuals who could be contacted for reference letters. Only those candidates selected for a short-list will be contacted for reference letters. Confidential inquiries can be directed to the Chair of the Department at Please note that applications by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. The deadline for submission of applications is November 15, 2013. Applications should be sent to:
Dr. Kim Varma, Chair, Department Hiring Committee,
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5B 2K3
Ryerson University is a thriving public university located in downtown Toronto, Canada, and has a full-time registration of over 33,000 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students, as well as over 65,000 continuing education and certificate students. The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is housed within the Faculty of Arts and offers a highly successful undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Our faculty also contribute to interdisciplinary graduate programs in the Faculty of Arts (MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies and PhD in Policy Studies). For more information about the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, see
This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: RFA’s website can be found at: A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:
Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Posting: Assistant Professor, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

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Requisition Title: Assistant Professor - Criminology and Sociolegal Studies - 1300888
Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science
Department: Criminology for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: Jul 26, 2013
Job Closing: Oct 15, 2013 Open Until Filled.


Description: The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Criminology or Sociolegal Studies. This appointment will commence on July 1, 2014. Research and teaching expertise in the area of criminal justice, either in a domestic or international context is preferred. The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies is internationally renowned for the study of law, crime, order, and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, psychology, philosophy, and political science, faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research and teaching. We welcome applications from scholars from those and other relevant backgrounds. The successful candidate will teach in both the undergraduate and graduate pr! ograms and they will be expected to develop an independently funded program of research.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline or interdisciplinary program at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Evidence of excellence in research and undergraduate and graduate teaching is required. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications will be considered beginning on October 15th, 2013 and until the position is filled. All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, as well as research statement and teaching portfolio that consists of a statement of teaching philosophy and techniques, a sample course syllabi and teaching evaluations. If you have any questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online.


For further details and to apply online please visit Job# 1300888

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the department via email by October 15 2013. The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:


For further information, please visit the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies website (

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Assistant Professor Position in Digital Media and Global Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

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Assistant Professor – Digital Media and Global Affairs

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Closing date: October 15, 2013

The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of digital media and global affairs. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014.  

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or be near completion. Applicants must have innovative research programs and teaching interests at the intersection of digital/cyber space and global affairs. The School is seeking candidates whose work engages with policy, with a deep understanding of new tools and techniques (such as data mining, analytics and crowd sourcing) and their impact on global affairs. Applicants must have a strong theoretical knowledge of the core literature in their disciplines as well as superior research and teaching abilities. The School is especially interested in those candidates whose work on digital media and technology relates to an additional area of research and teaching in the School, including global economics, innovation, global justice, global public policy, or security. The Munk School of Global Affairs is also home to the Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary laboratory focusing on advanced research and development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and human rights. 

The successful candidate will be fully appointed in the professional Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program at the Munk School, and will be expected to contribute to the core teaching needs of the program. The Master of Global Affairs degree at the Munk School is an exciting, new professional graduate degree designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for careers in government and international institutions, the private sector, and NGOs. 

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online at: Job# 1300931

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and a writing sample.  If you have questions about this position, please contact .  All application materials should be submitted online.  The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.  Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters, at least one of which should comment on the candidate’s teaching, directly to the department via email to the attention of Professor Janice Stein, Director, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, care of Sarah Namer at by the closing date, October 15, 2013.

For more information about the Munk School of Global Affairs please visit us at:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.  The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world.