Join us for an international panel discussion of Decolonizing the Criminal Law: Colonial Legacies, Contemporary Problems (Oxford UP 2023) featuring the four co-editors of the book. [From the OUP website:] Within the discipline of criminology and criminal justice, relatively little attention has been paid to the relationship between criminal law, punishment, and imperialism, or the contours and exercise of penal power in the Global South. Decolonizing the Criminal Question is the first work of its kind to comprehensively place colonialism and its legacies at the heart of criminological enquiry.
By examining the reverberations of colonial history and logics in the operation of penal power, this volume explores the uneasy relationship between criminal justice and colonialism, bringing relevance of these legacies in criminological enquiries to the forefront of the discussion. It invites and pursues a better understanding of the links between imperialism and colonialism on the one hand, and nationalism and globalization on the other, by exposing the imprints of these links on processes of marginalization, racialization, and exclusion that are central to contemporary criminal justice practices. Covering a range of jurisdictions and themes, Decolonizing the Criminal Question details how colonial and imperial domination relied on the internalization of hierarchies and identities — for example, racial, geographical, and geopolitical — of both the colonized and the colonizer, and shaped their subjectivity through imageries, discourses, and technologies.
Decolonizing the Criminal Question is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to download from OUP and selected open access locations.
November 20, 2023 @ 4:00-5:30pm (EDT)
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Arlie Loughnan (co-moderator)
Arlie Loughnan is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Law Theory at the University of Sydney Law School. Her research concerns criminal law, legal theory and legal history.
Kris Wilson (co-moderator)
Kris Wilson is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law University of Technology Sydney researching in the fields of cybersecurity, computer related crime and Indigenous traditional knowledge in a digital context.
Ana Aliverti, UK
Ana Aliverti is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. Her work covers criminal justice and border control regimes, and their intersections.
Henrique Carvalho, UK
Henrique Carvalho is Reader in Law and co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom). He works on social theories of law, punishment and justice.
Anastasia Chamberlen, UK
Anastasia Chamberlen is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick (UK). Her research covers themes around gender, prisons and punishment, and the arts in criminal justice.
Máximo Sozzo, Argentina
Máximo Sozzo is Professor of Sociology of Law and Criminology at the National University of Litoral (Argentina).