Welcome to the Critical Intersections of Crime and Social Justice Conference!

Old Dominion University,

April 7-8, 2017

Social inequalities structure our lived experiences of crime and the criminal justice system. Intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, nationality, and other critical social dimensions condition the multiple realities of crime and justice. The search for social justice requires interrogation of harm in its many forms, whether recognized as crime or not. The struggle for social justice also calls forth community in acts of resistance and (re)building.


A growing number of scholars working in various criminological camps – often under critical, feminist, anti-racist, and queer criminologies – envision their scholarship as a part of this struggle. While the number of criminologists doing social justice-oriented work has arguably never been greater, there remain few venues for progressive and critical scholars of crime and punishment to share ideas, frustrations, and inspirations. The aim of this conference is to provide such a venue in hopes of reinvigorating intellectual and policy debates about the links between social justice and issues of crime and punishment.


Critical Intersections of Crime and Social Justice is modeled on the “New Directions in Critical Criminology Conference” held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2016. Building on the success of that conference, we welcome scholars, students, practitioners, and activists to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, April 7-8, 2017. With this conference, we hope to create a space that sparks dialogue about how matters of crime and punishment intersect with issues of social injustice—and how our field can throw light on those intersections and work to bring about greater equality.


Keynote speakers at the event will include Hillary Potter, Judah Schept and Elliott Currie. Featured panelists for the conference include Jason Williams, Alessandro De Giorgi, Danielle Dirks, Robert Werth, Emily Lenning, and Lois Presser.  Please consider submitting an individual paper or a complete thematic panel by JANUARY 20th 2017!


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