Call for Papers and Conferences

Canadian State Trials Volume 5: Call for Expressions of Interest and/or Chapter Proposals

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Editors Susan Binnie, Eric Tucker and Barry Wright have commenced planning for the fifth volume of the Canadian State Trials series and invite expressions of interest and proposals for chapter contributions.

The planned Canadian State Trials Volume 5 will examine Canadian political trials, national security measures and related legal developments and proceedings for the period c.1939 to the 1980s or early 90s. As with the previous volumes we seek scholarly studies that balance historical and legal analyses. Context for these studies may include a comparative perspective that refers to other jurisdictions.  Collaborative work is welcome.

We anticipate that the volume will include chapters on the following topics or related matters:

  • The administration of the War Measures Act and military justice in the Second World War (e.g., the registration of ‘enemy aliens,’ suspension of habeas corpus and internments, deportation, war-time trials, post war discriminatory measures and labour regulation).
  • The Cold War (e.g., Gouzenko Affair, Kellock-Taschereau Royal Commission, Official Secrets Act and related trials; Emergency Powers Act 1951; Criminal Code amendments to espionage and political offences). 
  • Organized labour and resort to political policing and criminal proceedings (e.g., anti-Communist purges in the 1950’s; injunctions and contempt proceedings in the 1950’s and 1960’s).
  • Indigenous assertion of rights and resistance to continuing Canadian state impingement (e.g., cases around hunting rights, treaty violations, repressive responses and compromise of procedural rights).
  • National unity and the Felquiste (Front de Libération du Québec) trials, 1962-72.
  • Aftermath of the October Crisis, 1970 and the McDonald Royal Commission.

We welcome expressions of interest in possible contributions on the above topics and related matters. Please contact us by 15 September 2018 (,,, with a brief description of your background (research experience and qualifications) and a proposal of no more than one page. We will review these submissions, finalize the volume contents, and follow up with all those who have contacted us shortly after that time. Selected contributors will be provided with more detailed guidelines and asked to complete a chapter draft of 10-12,000 words by August 2019.  


Collectif de recherche en droit et société (CRDS) - 29 et 30 novembre 2018

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Le Collectif de Recherche Droit et Société (CRDS) de l’UQAM lance un appel à communications pour son deuxième colloque.

Lieu : Université du Québec à Montréal (Département de Sciences juridiques) Local DR-200

Date : les 29 et 30 novembre 2018

Date limite pour soumission : 30 août 2018, à minuit

Le CRDS du Département des sciences juridiques de l’UQAM a le plaisir de vous annoncer la tenue du colloque « Rationalités et irrationalités du droit » qui se tiendra à l’automne 2018.

Nous invitons les étudiantes et étudiants aux cycles supérieurs, ainsi que les chercheures et chercheurs qui ont un intérêt particulier pour les études sociojuridiques ainsi que les perspectives interdisciplinaires ou pluralistes à participer à cette conférence.

Les échanges, de même que la collaboration avec différentes disciplines sont les bienvenus et même fortement encouragés.

Thématique :

Il y a déjà plus d’un siècle que Max Weber innovait en termes de grille analytique du droit, et ce, en relevant le passage de la rationalité formelle à la rationalité matérielle au tournant du XIXe au XXe siècle. Depuis, un concours de positions a pris place en toutes disciplines s’intéressant au domaine juridique, tantôt qui regrettent la rationalité formelle comme âge d’or du droit et tantôt qui idéalisent le droit matériel comme réalisation sociale de l’expression juridique, mais ce, non sans craindre sa fin. Tout se passe comme si on assistait ici à la querelle des Anciens et des Modernes, mais cette fois-ci dans le cosmos juridique.

Encore devons-nous ajouter que, dans la foulée de la mobilisation des catégories wébériennes, s’est également introduite la dénonciation de l’irrationnalité du régime juridique. Précisons que cette dénonciation a peut-être pris forme dans la Théorie critique, mais elle a également trouvé ses plus vives expressions dans les critical studies et peut-être plus encore dans les courants féministes. Nous proposerons comme exemple Theodor W. Adorno, qui estime que le droit est le « phénomène primordial d’une rationalité irrationnelle », puisqu’il est de l’ordre d’une « systématisation sans faille, [où] les normes juridiques pratiquent l’ablation de ce à quoi elles ne s’appliquent pas, de toute expérience non préformée de la spécificité, [...] [pour élever] la rationalité instrumentale au rang de seconde réalité.[1] »

Enfin, d’autres rationalités sont venues, selon certains, soit pervertir soit modifier la rationalité du droit, comme celles dites technique[1], managériale[2] ou éthique[3]. Ici, tout se passe comme si la fin des grands récits diagnostiquée par Lyotard serait celle de la fin d’un certain modernisme du droit et que des régimes rationnels alternatifs et concurrents seraient à même de changer à la fois notre perception et notre application du droit, quoi qu’en disent ceux qui, comme Habermas, estiment que la modernité demeure un projet inachevé[4].

Ainsi, en proposant le thème « Rationalités et irrationalités du droit », nous encourageons chercheurs et chercheures à réfléchir aux différentes manifestations et transformations des rationalités et irrationalités du droit.

Nous vous invitons à appréhender la rationalité et l’irrationalité du droit dans ses différentes dimensions, par exemple selon les termes de la sociologie de la vulgate wébérienne, selon ses écarts en toutes disciplines, à l’aune d’autres rationalités, mais aussi dans ses aspects les plus irrationnels.

Le CRDS vous invite à vous saisir de l’une ou de plusieurs des questions suivantes, sans toutefois s’y limiter :

® Est-il encore pertinent d’envisager le droit en termes de rationalité ? ® De quelles rationalités participe le droit ?
® Quelles sont les rationalités qui contribuent ou qui minent le droit ? ® En quoi l’irrationalisme caractérise le droit ?

Family and Justice in the Archives / Famille et justice dans les archives

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Family and Justice in the Archives

Histories of Intimacy in Transnational Perspective

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 6-7 May 2019


Family and Justice in the Archives will bring together historians, legal scholars, and others for a discussion about the challenges and opportunities offered by the use of legal records for exploring the intimate worlds of family life. The intimacies that interest us were located initially in the private spaces of lineage, estate, family, household, and bedroom; they are both dramatic and quotidian, material and emotional, and invariably tied up in gendered and generational hierarchies of power and privilege. At the same time, they are made accessible – years, generations, or centuries later – through the written traces left by public proceedings that occurred in legally sanctioned spaces of social regulation, from the notary’s office to the criminal or civil courtroom to the legislative arena. We are especially interested in the ways in which historians and other scholars have been unpacking the stories of intimacy revealed in processes of legal regulation to develop rich new insights about family, gender, sex, power, culture, identity, and daily life throughout history and across the planet.

Through this two-day symposium, we seek to encourage transnational conversations about families, the law, and the archives. The conveners have been exploring Quebec’s rich judicial archives with the following questions in mind: How did the judicial system transmit and reinforce hegemonic notions of class, race, ethnicity, and gender? How, when, and why did family disputes over property, honour, rights, or reputation cross the judicial threshold to become the object of court proceedings? What levels of intra-familal violence were tolerated and at what point were state authorities called upon to intervene? How did a particular blend of legal codes and cultures reflect the society’s wider assumptions about acceptable and respectable conduct for women and men, especially in the area of sexuality, courtship, family formation, and sexual identity? How and when did judicial rulings and court proceedings diverge from legal code or custom in response to local circumstances? Did some litigants manage to manoeuvre, manipulate, challenge, or even change the law through their encounters with the judicial apparatus? And what happened when individuals crossed the boundaries of the acceptable and respectable into transgressive, deviant, or criminalized behaviour?

Family and Justice in the Archives seeks to broaden those discussions radically outwards towards a wide range of times, places, cultures, and legal systems. Participants are invited to present work on how stories of intimacy – sexual, emotional, domestic, or otherwise – are revealed in and shaped by the legal archives they use. We hope to foster discussion of these questions across as broad a range of historical and geographical contexts as possible, pre-modern and modern, settler-colonial and Indigenous, with special attention to situations (like Quebec) where some form of legal pluralism prevailed. We welcome proposals for papers that engage with these questions and on a wide range topics that may include adoption, bigamy, child custody, divorce and separation, domestic violence, family honour, filial duty, inheritance, juvenile justice, marital obligations, parental authority, reproductive rights, sexual diversity, sexual violence, and sibling relationships, to name just these few.

Family and Justice in the Archives will inaugurate a new, biennial CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY LAW AND SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM series and is presented in partnership with the Centre interuniversitaire d’études québécoises (Université Laval/Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) and the Centre d’histoire des régulations sociales (Université du Québec à Montréal). The program committee is co-chaired by Professors Eric Reiter and Peter Gossage in the Department of History at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Those interested in participating are invited to please send a 250-word abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae (or brief author biography) to by 31 May 2018.



Famille et justice dans les archives

Perspectives transnationales sur les histoires de l’intimité

Université Concordia, Montréal, Québec, Canada 6 et 7 mai 2019


Le colloque Famille et justice dans les archives réunira historiens, juristes et chercheurs en sciences sociales afin de dialoguer à propos des défis et opportunités que présentent les archives judiciaires au moment d'explorer les formes changeantes des intimités familiales. Ces intimités avaient des assises et lieux d'expression multiples: la lignée, le patrimoine, le cercle familial, la maisonnée et la chambre à coucher; elles étaient rares ou quotidiennes, matérielles ou émotives, tout en étant invariablement liées aux hiérarchies sociales, genrées et générationnelles. Ce sont les traces écrites engendrées par des sites juridiques de régulation sociale – des études des notaires aux législatures, en passant par les tribunaux civils et criminels – qui permettent d'aborder ces objets, cela des années, des générations et même des siècles plus tard. Nous profiterons ainsi de ce colloque pour réfléchir collectivement aux manières dont les chercheurs dévoilent et recréent, tout à la fois, les différents récits de l'intimité issus de ces lieux et processus de régulation sociale, dans le but de développer de nouvelles perspectives dans l'étude de la famille, du genre, des rapports sociaux de sexe, du pouvoir, de la culture, de l'identité et de la vie quotidienne à travers les âges et au-delà des ensembles nationaux.

Ce colloque de deux jours cherchera donc à établir un échange transnational sur les familles, le droit, la justice et les archives. Les organisateurs explorent depuis quelques années les riches archives judiciaires du Québec, à la lumière des questions suivantes: de quelle façon le système judiciaire reconduisait des conceptions hégémoniques de la classe, de la race, de l'ethnicité et du genre? Dans quelles circonstances des conflits familiaux au sujet de la propriété, de l'honneur et de la réputation franchissaient le seuil de l'appareil judiciaire et se transformaient en objets de procédure? Quel degré de violence intrafamiliale était toléré et qu'est-ce qui déterminait les autorités étatiques à intervenir ou à s'en abstenir? De quelle manière un ensemble particulier de normes juridiques et culturelles reflétaient-elles des attentes sociétales quant à la respectabilité des conduites masculines et féminines, en particulier dans les arènes de la sexualité, des fréquentations, de la formation des ménages et des identités sexuées? À quel point les décisions prises par les tribunaux en ces matières pouvaient diverger des règles formelles de droit pour s'adapter à différents contextes locaux? Est-ce que certains plaideurs ont réussi à manœuvrer, à manipuler la loi ou même à influencer son cours et son contenu par le biais de leur présence en justice? Enfin, quel fut le sort des individus qui ont franchi les frontières de l'acceptable et du respectable en raison de comportements jugés transgressifs, déviants ou criminels?

Familles et justice dans les archives sera l'occasion d'approfondir et de dépasser ces interrogations au profit d'un large éventail de périodes, de lieux, de cultures et de systèmes juridiques. Les conférencières et les conférenciers sont invités à montrer en quoi les histoires de l'intimité - intimités sexuelles, émotionnelles, domestiques et autres – sont dévoilées et construites par les archives judiciaires dont ils font usage. Nous espérons susciter un dialogue interpelant une vaste gamme de contextes historiques et géographiques: sociétés contemporaines ou d'Ancien Régime, sociétés autochtones, coloniales ou métropolitaines. Une attention particulière sera accordée aux communautés qui, comme le Québec, ont expérimenté un fort pluralisme juridique. Sont les bienvenues les propositions de communication abordant toutes ces questions et des objets tels que l'adoption, la bigamie, la garde des enfants, le divorce, les séparations, la violence domestique, l'honneur familial, les devoirs filiaux, les successions, la justice des mineurs, les obligations conjugales, l'autorité parentale, la reproduction, la diversité sexuelle, la violence sexuée et les rapports dans les fratries, pour n'en nommer que quelques-uns.

Familles et justice dans les archives inaugurera la nouvelle série des colloques biennaux Droit et société de l'Université Concordia et l'événement sera présenté en partenariat avec le Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises (CIEQ, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières et Université Laval) et le Centre d'histoire des régulations sociales (CHRS, Université du Québec à Montréal). Le comité scientifique est coprésidé par les professeurs Eric Reiter et Peter Gossage du département d'histoire de l'Université Concordia (Montréal, Québec, Canada). Toutes les propositions de communication doivent inclure un résumé de 250 mots ainsi qu'un curriculum vitae d'une page (ou une brève biographie) et être envoyées à le 31 mai 2018 au plus tard.


Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) Conference 2018: Inclusion, Exclusion and Democracy

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Call for papers: 

Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ) Conference 2018: Inclusion, Exclusion and Democracy


The Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC) at the School of Law, University of Wollongong is proud to host the joint international Conference for 2018 of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA) and the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) of the UK.

Papers or panel proposals (of three to four papers) are invited on a broad range of law and society topics relating to ‘Inclusion, Exclusion and Democracy’ within the following sub-themes:

• Navigating vulnerability, empowerment and identity of individuals, groups or communities; • Indigenous and cultural perspectives;
• Crime, justice and punishment;
• The environment;

• The rise and impact of new technologies, the internet or social media;
• Theorising, rethinking or challenging democratic constructions, principles or approaches;
• Democracy in context – local, regional, country, global or comparative perspectives; or
• The role of the judiciary, lawyers and academics in fostering democracy and inclusion, or facilitating exclusion.

Papers are also invited on all other law and society topics. The committee welcomes proposals across a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) law, humanities, social science, or the sciences.


Abstracts of no more than 250 words for a 15–20 minute paper must be submitted through the conference website by 6 July 2018 ( Panel proposals must: identify a theme for the panel; nominate a panel chair; include a 250 word description of the panel; and include a 250 word abstract for each individual paper that is part of the proposed three to four paper panel.


The University of Wollongong is approximately one hours drive south of Sydney Airport or 1.5 hours by train. Visit the conference website for more information on the coastal city of Wollongong.


The Canadian Law and Society Association is a host for this conference and will be offering travel subsidies to CLSA members who attend and present their research. Please contact if you are interested. 

Atelier francophone sur la recherche et la pratique socio-légale

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Appel à propositions – Atelier francophone sur la recherche et la pratique socio-légale

6 juin 2018

Sheraton Centre, Toronto

Date limite de soumission des propositions : 15 avril 2018

L’Association canadienne droit et société (ACDS) vous invite à soumettre une proposition de présentation, panel ou table-ronde dans le cadre d’un atelier francophone portant sur la recherche et la pratique socio-légale, qui aura lieu le mercredi 6 juin 2018, au Sheraton Centre à Toronto. Le thème est  « Le droit et la société au sein de la francophonie : défis et développements ». Nous aurons le grand plaisir d'accueillir Professeur Pierre Noreau (Université de Montréal) en tant que conférencier d'honneur de cet atelier.

Nous espérons recevoir des propositions sur une variété de sujets d’intérêt pour celles et ceux accomplissant de la recherche socio-légale et enseignant dans ce domaine en langue française, au Québec ainsi qu’ailleurs au Canada et dans le monde. Nous anticipons que certains panels seront orientés vers l’aspect recherche tandis que d’autres le seront vers des enjeux professionnels touchant l’enseignement, la recherche et la publication, incluant des réflexions sur des expériences personnelles. Nous sommes ouvert-e-s à une variété de formats.

Cet atelier aura lieu la journée précédant le début du colloque conjoint de l’ACDS et de la Law and Society Association (LSA). Il y aura un frais d’inscription pour participer à cet atelier, mais il n’est PAS requis de s’inscrire au colloque conjoint ACDS-LSA pour ce faire.

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions au plus tard le 22 avril à l’adresse : Veuillez nous notifier de tout besoin spécifique, technologique ou autre.


2018 Technology, Law & Society Summer Institute, UC Irvine, June 22-24, 2018

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Changes in technology are revolutionizing the study and practice of law. A generation ago, law and social science (LSS) scholars outlined a new paradigm for legal scholarship, focusing on social, economic and political variables in the interpretation and execution of the law. Today, algorithmic processes, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and ubiquitous social and mobile computing pose new opportunities for the re-imagination of law and social science research, as well as new challenges for law.


The University of California, Irvine is pleased to host a 3-day Technology, Law & Society (TLS) Summer Institute that examines this critical juncture. Convened by Profs. Mona Lynch (Criminology, Law and Society) and Bill Maurer (Anthropology), the Institute will bring together junior scholars whose work addresses new relationships between technology, law and society (broadly defined) along with diverse experts from fields like sociology, criminology, anthropology, law, political science, informatics and computer science, and beyond.


Depending upon participants’ interests, we imagine generating conversations about a diverse range of topics including, to name just a few examples, the societal impacts of: the emergence of “bots” as tools in legal practice and advocacy; data mining practices in national security schemes; smart contracts and machine-executable legal code, and predictive analytics in crime forecasting and criminal sentencing determinations. Underpinning our discussion will be key themes: How does the discretion of legal actors operate, and get transformed, in technologized law? How do technological innovations, in legal operations and elsewhere in social life, reconfigure racial and other forms of bias, complicate jurisdiction, and pose new ethical challenges for research and the practice of law? How are public/private legal and social spheres complicated by technology, and how does digital space challenge laws bounded by geography/sovereignty?


Selected attendees will participate in a series of small and larger group activities including research workshops devoted to participants’ ongoing projects, cross-methods training, hands-on demonstrations of coding and technology-based innovations, and a concluding group activity such as a hack-a-thon or legal-bot design.



We invite applications from junior scholars from any field whose current research interests touch upon technology, law and society, especially law and computational technology, and who would benefit from participating in the TLS Summer Institute. Applicants should be graduate students who have advanced to candidacy or post-graduate scholars, including assistant professors, who received their doctoral degrees no earlier than 2013.

We will cover travel expenses to UC Irvine (up to $500), as well as lodging and meals for the duration of the Institute. Funding for the Institute is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Law and Social Sciences program, and by the Schools of Social Science and Social Ecology at UCI.


Applicants will be evaluated based upon centrality of research interests to the Summer Institute’s mission, and quality of submitted research project description.


Application Procedure:

Applicants should complete the online application form and submit a current CV and research project description of approximately 5 pages that specifically describes a current technology, law and society-related research project, including its current stage of development. All applications should be submitted through the application portal, accessible at:  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.


For more information about this initiative, go to For questions about the Institute or the application requirements, contact

Disability (In)Justice: Examining Criminalization in Canada, edited by Kelly Fritsch, Jeffrey Monaghan, and Emily van der Meulen

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Disability (In)Justice explores how disability is central to practices of criminalization in Canada. Weaving together interdisciplinary scholarship across the fields of criminology, disability studies, law, and socio-legal studies, this edited collection will examine disability in relation to various agencies and aspects of the criminal justice system, including surveillance and policing, sentencing and the courts, prisons and other carceral spaces, and alternatives to confinement.

Situated as an upper-level undergraduate course reader to be published by a Canadian university press, this collection will be comprised of chapters by subject-area experts, organized into three thematic sections: (1) Practices of Criminalization; (2) The Justice System; and (3) Alternative Approaches. Chapters will address how disability intersects with race, class, gender, and/or sexuality to perpetuate oppression and discrimination within the criminal justice system, with particular attention to ways forward for disability justice. As most research on disability and criminal justice focuses on issues related to mental health and/or intellectual disabilities, we are especially interested to engage submissions that consider a broad range of disabilities. 

We are soliciting chapters that fit in one of the three thematic sections on the following topics:

  • Histories of social control, eugenics, and the sterilization of disabled people in Canada;
  • Surveillance of disabled people by criminal justice agents and agencies;
  • Critiques of criminalization from a disability rights or critical disability perspective, looking specifically at sex work, drug use, or other related topics;
  • Disabled peoples’ access to accommodations within the criminal justice system, for example in the courts or in prisons;
  • Criminalization of disabled people in relation to neoliberal policies or practices;
  • De-policing strategies and alternatives to incarceration, including prison abolition, as a form of disability activism;
  • Disability justice in practice.

Confirmed contributors include:

-       Tobin LeBlanc Haley, Ethel Louise Armstrong Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, writing on how transinstitutionalization is being experienced within and across the Mad, Deaf, and Disability communities.

-       Richard Jochelson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, and Michelle Bertrand, Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at the University of Winnipeg, writing on disability and jury representativeness;

-       Ravi Malhotra, Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, writing on assisted suicide/dying;

-       Alexander McClelland, doctoral student with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University, writing on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, exposure, and transmission;

-       Alok Mukherjee, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University and former Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, writing on mental health and policing;

-       Megan Rusciano, disability rights attorney, writing on disability and solitary confinement.

If you are interested in contributing, please send a preliminary chapter title, 300-500 word chapter abstract, and a 100 word author bio to by March 1, 2018.

Full chapter drafts of approximately 6,000-8,000 words will be due January 15, 2019.


About the Editors

Kelly Fritsch is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. As of July 2018, Fritsch will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. Her research broadly engages crip, queer, and feminist theory to explore the politics of disability, health, technology, risk, and accessibility. Fritsch is co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (AK Press, 2016 with Clare O’Connor and AK Thompson).

Jeffrey Monaghan is an Assistant Professor at Carleton’s Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is author of Security Aid: Canada and the Development Regime of Security (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Policing Indigenous Movements: Dissent and the Security State (Fernwood, 2018 with Andrew Crosby). His research examines practices of security governance, policing, and surveillance.

Emily van der Meulen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. She conducts participatory research in the areas of critical and feminist criminology, socio-legal studies, prison harm reduction, and surveillance studies. She is (co-)editor of five books, including Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance (University of British Columbia Press, 2018 with Elya M. Durisin and Chris Bruckert), and Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance (University of Toronto Press, 2016 with Robert Heynen).

Call for papers: Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa

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Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa: Research Methods, Research Ethics, and the Political Economy of Knowledge Production

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 25th to 28th June 2018

For inquiry:

The closing date for applications is Monday the 19th of February 2018.

Completed applications should by submitted via email to

Available to download: Call for papers (pdf)

Building upon the success of an earlier meeting held in Kampala in May 2017, the University of the Witwatersrand invites applications from early career scholars, activists and practitioners to participate in a four day workshop to take place in Johannesburg on the 25th to 28th of June. This event will provide participants with an opportunity to present their work, to build relationships with others working in similar fields, and to engage with more senior scholars and practitioners.

The main working language of the event will be English, with simultaneous translation into French. We encourage submissions from activists, academics, service providers, journalists, government officials, and others working in relevant fields, with a particular emphasis on early career scholars (current Ph.D. students or fairly recent graduates) and practitioners (less than ten years working in relevant fields). Further information on the themes to be considered, application procedures, and the overall organization of the workshop can be found below.

Enslavement, Conflict and Forced Marriage in Africa

In April 2012, the Special Court of Sierra Leone found Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, guilty on 11 counts of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity. One of the crimes Taylor was convicted of was ‘conjugal slavery’, which was defined as a ‘claim by the perpetrator to a particular victim as his “wife” and the exercise of exclusive sexual control over her, barring others from sexual access to the victim, as well as … domestic work’ (430). This judgment has in turn been linked to a recurring pattern of sexual violence in a number of recent conflicts in Africa, such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In all of these countries, captors have invoked the language of ‘marriage’ to structure their abuse of women and girls whom they have abducted. While these ‘marriages’ begin with violent capture, some have persisted years after the conflict has come to an end, and can be regarded as legitimate by family and society. This has in turn raised further questions about the relationship between captives taken in war and peacetime practices and historical genealogies associated with marriage practices in Africa more broadly. It is therefore essential to reflect upon how and why enslavement, conflict and/or marriage have been intertwined in African societies, and how these themes have been – and should be – researched from methodological and ethical standpoint.

Methods, Ethics, and Knowledge Production

The workshop will specifically focus upon the different ways in which knowledge regarding patterns of enslavement, conflict and marriage in sub-Saharan Africa have been – and should be – both collected and disseminated. We would especially welcome submissions that explore one or both of our two central themes, which are as follows:

  1. research methods and research ethics
  2. the political economy of knowledge production and dissemination.

In the case of the methods and ethics, we are particularly interested in applied examples of the successful application of methods for collecting information regarding enslavement, conflict and/or marriage across sub-Saharan Africa. Methods are here understood to broadly include large ‘N’ surveys and sampling, ethnographies and qualitative interviews, archival research and oral histories, and legal proceedings and testimonials, amongst others. Similarly, ethics are here broadly understood to include any number of strategies and processes that can be implicated in both ethically capturing and sensitively representing lived experiences of violence, trauma, vulnerability and stigma.

In the case of the political economy of knowledge, we are particularly interested in theoretically informed and politically grounded examples of how different combinations of power/knowledge can shape how research on these topics get both funded and implemented, and the purposes and audiences for which knowledge gets produced. Some of the key issues at stake include the ways in which collaborations between actors and institutions in the Global North and South are structured, and with what types of effects; the ways in which funding streams, technical languages, and the performance of expertise and authority can end up shaping the types of research which take place; the different audiences associated with knowledge production and consumption; and the underlying tensions between academic research, public policy, and consultancies.

How to Apply:

The closing date for applications is Monday the 19th of February 2018. Completed applications should by submitted via email to Requests for further information regarding the call for applications should also follow this route. Applications should include

  1. a 250 word abstract and title introducing the paper being proposed,
  2. a short two page curriculum vitae, and
  3. a cover letter of no more than two pages outlining experience and expertise.

Limited financial support will be made available to help some applicants to participate, with priority for support towards travel costs being be given to applicants based in sub-Saharan Africa. There will be no additional registration fee. Participants in the workshop will be usually expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs. The format of the event will involve a combination of panels and plenary sessions, with the later featuring invited papers from senior scholars and practitioners with expertise and experience regarding key issues. Successful applicants will be required to prepare and pre-circulate a paper of around 2,000 words that speaks to one or more of the key questions of the workshop, and to participate in activities over the course of the four day event. We would particularly value contributions that speak to the methodological, ethical and political challenges associated with research and knowledge production in relation to the following:

  • Lived experiences of wartime violence, both conflict and post-conflict, which relate to questions of gender, enslavement, marriage, and/or governance.
  • The relationship between peacetime practices and wartime atrocities, and the degree to which wartime behaviour constitutes a either rupture or continuation of peacetime.
  • The comparative analysis of behavioural patterns and lived experience in relation to different time periods and contexts.
  • The analysis of historical dimensions and contemporary legacies of both historical slave systems and anti-slavery interventions within Africa.
  • The dimensions and effects of legal regimes and social conventions governing normative models of enslavement, conflict and/or marriage within Africa.
  • Different expressions of the relationship between masculinity, patriarchy and the social and legal construction of gender roles.
  • The processes and consequences associated with efforts to prosecute and punish perpetrators, and to provide support and reparation to survivors and communities.
  • Questions of narrative and representation, and the ways in which different types of voices and experiences can be taken up, commodified, or sensitively represented.
  • The impact of regimes of power/knowledge in shaping how research takes place, and in relation to what types of audiences and purposes.
  • The impact of funding schemes, technocratic languages, and the performance of expertise and authority in shaping how and where research takes place, and for whom.
  • The application and development of theoretical perspectives emerging out of postcolonial perspectives, theories from the Global South, and the theoretical and ideological limitations of enduring models of aid, development and intervention which are ultimately grounded in European perspectives, presumptions and experiences.


This event falls under the rubric of the Conjugal Slavery in War (CSIW) project, which seeks to document cases of so-called forced marriage in conflict situations, to place this data in historical context, and to effect the international prosecution of crimes against humanity as well as local reparations programs for survivors of violence. With the central participation of community based organizations in Africa, the project aims to strengthen individual and organizational capacity to prevent and address violence and its consequences, and to advance understanding of the use of conjugal slavery as a tool of war through evidence-based research. This is one of a series of events supported by an SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant (2015-2020).



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8th National Conference on Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice


A Joint Conference of the Department of Criminology of Saint Mary’s University’s, the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association, and the National Committee of the Critical Perspectives Conference

June 21 & 22, 2018

Saint Mary’s University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2018

This conference is being held on June 21 & 22, 2018 at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. It brings together critical scholars, and people working in criminal justice and social justice fields to exchange ideas and interrogate issues related to ‘harm’ and ‘harm reduction’ in relation to people, policies, and practices in the criminal justice system. This event joins the National Conference on Critical Perspectives: Criminology and Social Justice, held annually in Canada since 2011, with the Nova Scotia Criminal Justice Association’s annual learning event, held in Nova Scotia since 2005.

We invite submissions from critical scholars, students, practitioners, policy-makers, advocates/activists, and others who study or work on issues of harm and harm reduction in criminal justice contexts. Examples include presentations that speak to: the criminalization of human behaviour; social harm, (in)justice, and crime; critical perspectives on harm reduction; or strategies for reducing harms in the criminal justice system. We are receptive to submissions about research and scholarship in varying stages of development, as well as descriptions of programs and initiatives engaging with the conference theme. The conference will be held in both official languages; as such, we welcome submissions for presentations delivered in French or English.

Submissions for individual or symposium presentations will be considered. Abstracts should inform prospective audience members about the content of the presentation(s).

For individual oral presentations, please provide an abstract of up to 200 words describing the material or paper that will be presented and a brief bio (up to 100 words) for the presenter. Individual presentations each will be 15 minutes in length, and will be delivered within a concurrent session.

For symposium presentations, please provide an abstract of up to 200 words for each presentation and a brief bio (up to 100 words) for each presenter. Symposia submissions must consist of 3 to 5 speakers with thematically linked presentations, and will be 60 minutes in length.

In addition to individual and symposium presentations, the conference will feature keynote addresses and roundtable discussions from invited distinguished critical scholars and criminal/ social justice practitioners. Further details about the conference and registration will be communicated in early 2018.

To submit an abstract, visit: To ask a question, email: 

8Conférence nationale de Perspectives critiques : criminologie et justice sociale


Une conférence conjointe de la Faculté de criminologie de l’Université Saint Mary’s, l’Association de justice pénale de la Nouvelle- Écosse, et du Comité national de la Conférence des Perspectives critiques

21 et 22 juin 2018

Université Saint Mary’s

Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse, Canada

Date limite de soumission : le 15 février 2018

La conférence se tiendra les 21 et 22 juin 2018 à l’Université Saint Mary’s, Halifax, Nouvelle-cosse. Elle réunit des universitaires critiques, et des professionnels des domaines de la justice pénale et de la justice sociale en vue d’échanger des idées et de porter un regard critique sur les enjeux relatifs aux « méfaits » et « la réduction des méfaits » par rapport aux individus, politiques, et pratiques dans le système de justice pénale. L’évènement associe la Conférence nationale de Perspectives critiques : criminologie et justice sociale, qui se tient annuellement au Canada depuis 2011, à l’activité annuelle d’apprentissage de l’Association de justice pénale de la Nouvelle-cosse, tenue à la Nouvelle-cosse depuis 2005.

Nous invitons tous les universitaires critiques, étudiants, praticiens, décideurs, défenseurs/militants, ou d’autres qui s’occupent des enjeux relatifs aux méfaits et la réduction des méfaits dans les contextes de la justice pénale à soumettre des propositions. Mentionnons, par exemple, les exposés portant sur la criminalisation de l’erreur humaine; le dommage social, la justice et l’injustice, et la criminalité; les perspectives critiques sur la réduction des méfaits; ou les stratégies pour réduire les méfaits dans le système de justice pénale. Nous sommes ouverts aux contributions au sujet de la recherche et de l’érudition à divers stades de développement, ainsi qu’aux descriptions des programmes et initiatives abordant le thème de la conférence. La conférence se déroulera dans les deux langues officielles. À cet effet, nous vous invitons à soumettre les contributions pour les présentations en français ou en anglais. 

Les contributions pour les présentations individuelles ou collectives seront considérées. Les résumés doivent informer les membres potentiels de l’auditoire sur le contenu des exposés.

Quant aux présentations orales individuelles, veuillez fournir un résumé jusqu’à 200 mots qui décrit le sujet ou le document qui sera présenté, ainsi qu’une brève biographie (jusqu’à 100 mots) du conférencier. Les présentations individuelles seront limitées chacune à 15 minutes, et seront présentées dans une séance concomitante.

Quant aux présentations collectives, veuillez fournir un résumé jusqu’à 200 mots pour chaque présentation, ainsi qu’une brève biographie (jusqu’à 100 mots) pour chaque conférencier. Les contributions collectives doivent être composées de 3 ou 5 conférenciers avec des exposés reliés par thème, et qui seront limitées à 60 minutes.

En plus des exposés individuels et collectifs, la conférence mettra en vedette des discours liminaires et des tables rondes d’éminents universitaires critiques et de praticiens de la justice pénale/sociale invités. D’autres détails concernant la conférence et l’inscription seront communiqués au début de 2018.

Pour soumettre un résumé, veuillez consulter le site suivant : Pour poser une question, veuillez envoyer un courriel à 


Call for Papers Unintended: The Promises and Perils of Criminal Justice Reform Graduate Symposium Law Engaged Graduate Students March 16th, 2018 at Princeton University

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Call for Papers
Unintended: The Promises and Perils of Criminal Justice Reform
Graduate Symposium
Law Engaged Graduate Students
March 16th, 2018 at Princeton University
In the last few years policymakers on both sides of the political aisle and across the country have turned their attention to criminal justice reform. Such reforms represents decades of work undertaken by activists, social scientists, and policy experts to respond to  the negative consequences of “tough on crime” legislation. Pointing to the devastating effects of mass incarceration and the disproportionate impacts of these policies on poor people and people of color, the huge cost of these programs on state and local budgets, and the way these policies have further frayed community and police relations, a consensus has emerged that the criminal justice policies of the past several decades have failed and that reform is needed. While this shift in policy priorities is to be lauded, a small but growing number of scholars raise the question of whether reform is enough. These critics wonder about the long term efficacy and potential “unintended” consequences of criminal justice reform, making the case that more drastic policy must be undertaken and that reform cannot begin and end with the criminal justice system. Inspired by these critiques, this symposium asks that we take a step back and examine this criminal justice reform closely, creating the space for dialogue and debate about the “unintended,” unforeseen, and unanticipated impacts of reform efforts.
Taking up the notion of “unintended” this symposium seeks to reposition it to ask a number of question that might provoke scholars, activists, and policymakers and provide the opportunity to explore  the multiple meanings and varied intentions that underlie the criminal justice reform movement. 1) what are some of the actual and potential unintended consequences of current criminal justice reform efforts? 2) how do we know such consequences are unintended? 3) are the emergence of particular “unintended” consequences to be understood as a surprise, as inherent to the task of policymaking, or can they be anticipated? If so, how? If not, why? And finally, 4) in what ways does an attention to the unintended consequences of reform point to the limitations of reform, and in what ways does it cue us to its openings and possibilities?
To encourage a diverse array of perspective we are calling on papers from graduate level scholars from across the social science disciplines (law, history, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, criminology). We seek to foster interdisciplinary dialogue that draws attention to the multiple valences of criminal justice reform policy, their overlapping continuities, tensions, and blindspots, and in the end create a set of pathways for critically engaging and understanding reform efforts. This daylong symposium is a chance for new scholars to share their work, receive feedback and commentary, and develop a network of critical voices undertaking this tremendously important issue.


We ask that graduate scholars send a 250-word abstract of their paper no later than January 15th, 2018 If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.