Transformative Justice within Academia: A radical institutional reflection | Graduate Student Conference 2021

 March 16, 2021 — Online ""

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The Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Graduate Student Conference wants you to experience the common tenets of academic conferences—virtually! Transformative Justice within Academia: A Radical Institutional Reflection is thoughtfully organized to reinvigorate the academic community’s love for deep, thoughtful and creative discussions with colleagues, networking opportunities as well as sustenance in the form of food to keep us going throughout the day.

The aim of this conference is to engage in conversations about structural and systematic inequality, social and racial injustices towards a radical institutional reflection of academia, a place that has long established itself as an exceptional, progressive, critical, and safe environment. As academics focused on institutional violence embedded within the Canadian legal framework, we call for an internal investigation of how similar processes of violence are augmented in academia. Through an application of a radical institutional reflection, the conference papers focus on curriculum, policies & procedures as well as personal experiences of historically marginalized groups in the field of criminology and sociolegal studies. As student researchers who are responsible for shaping the future of the field of criminology and socio-legal studies, this conference serves to imagine critical and radical transformative justice that starts from within the very institution we are all a part of.

Please Refer to our conference schedule for more information. This is an open event; everyone is welcome to attend. If you have special accessibility needs, please send us a request 14 days prior to the event. This is to ensure that we are able to provide the requested service. We do not require documentation from doctor etc for request for accommodation.



All sessions will be accessed in the same Zoom meeting.

Concurrent panels 1 & 2 will be held in breakout rooms accessed through the main Zoom room – volunteers will be available to assist you if needed.

9:00 – 9:15 — Opening remarks (main Zoom room)

9:15 – 10:30 — Key discussion: Hawa Mire & Krisna Saravanamuttu (TBC) (main Zoom room)

10:30 – 10:35 — Health & logistic break

10:35 – 10:50 — Spoken word: Balam and Co. (main Zoom room)

10:50 – 11:00 — Health & logistic break

11:00 – 12:15 — Concurrent panels 1 & 2 (Breakout rooms accessed through the main Zoom room – volunteers will be available to assist you if needed.)

Panel 1. Punitive academia
Moderator: Jacqueline Briggs

  • Mitra Mokhtari; ACAB: All Criminologists Are Bad? The Canadian Criminology Department & The Reproduction of Carcerality
  • Barbara Becnel; Black Street Gangsters v. The Hegemonic Scholar Class: Assessing How Cultural Similarities Between America’s Gang Leaders and Academia’s Elite Influence Student Agency, Equity, and Relevance in Knowledge Production
  • Nicole Patrie; Re-imagining education from inside: Finding non-punitive academia through prison education

Panel 2. Technologies of Power within Academia
Moderator: Krisna Saravanamuttu

  • Miriam Hird-Younger; University as Investor: Process and Accountability
  • Karimah Rahman; An Intersectional and Decolonial Policy Analysis Towards Transformative Justice: Intersectional Positionalities of Power/Privilege and the Colonial Harm and Violence They Reproduce in Academia
  • Lachlan Summers and Kathryn Gougelet; When Police Pass the Baton to Campuses
  • Allison Lunianga, Jonathan Carlson, and Leah Wilson; This Paper Would Like to Speak to Your Manager: Whiteness, Technoculture and Reckoning with the Karen

12:15 – 1:00 — Lunch break

1:00 – 1:15 — Spoken word: Balam and Co. (main Zoom room)

1:15 – 2:30 — Panel 3 (main Zoom room)

Panel 3. #UsToo
Moderator: Wumi Asubiaro Dada

  • Sally Mercer; The cloak of not-belonging: the phenomenon of imposter syndrome in first generation academics
  • Anna Lippman; Are We in Trouble?: Students Tackling Anti-Black Racism in Sociology and the price of social justice
  • Amber-Lee Varadi; A collective grievance, a collective acquiescence: Rememberings and hauntings in our pandemic of racialized violence
  • Sabeen Kazmi; 'Deconstructing civility': civility as a reaffirmation of colonial institutionalizing of class, caste, power and privilege

2:30 – 2:35 — Health & logistic break

2:35 – 3:00 — Collective re-imagination (main Zoom room, then breakout rooms accessed through the main Zoom room – volunteers will be available to assist you if needed.)

3:00 – 3:30 — Closing remarks (main Zoom room)

3:30 – 4:00 — Next steps and publication (Panelists only)

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All sessions will be accessed via the Zoom meeting below.

Concurrent panels 1 & 2 will be held in breakout rooms accessed through the general meeting room – volunteers will be available to assist you if needed.

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