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Call for Papers: 2019 National Conference on Critical Perspectives in Criminology and Social Justice

Call for Abstracts

From Critical Perspective to Practice: Bridging Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice

The National Committee for the Critical Perspectives Conference in partnership with the Department of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University will be hosting the 2019 National Conference on Critical Perspectives in Criminology and Social Justice (NCCP) in Brantford, Ontario from May 2-4, 2019. We encourage and welcome submissions from established and emerging scholars - including students - that address the theme of the conference or engage with any area of critical criminology and social justice. The theme for the ninth annual conference is "From Critical Perspective to Practice: Bridging Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice."


We ask participants to propose contributions that reflexively explore the tensions between theory and practice, situating academic perspectives in the context of populist governance movements. This confererence theme extends from reflexive work in the areas of "public sociology" and "public criminology," which ask questions relating to the audiences and purposes for academic inquiry, when research agendas and outcomes often appear to be at odds with populist views. Yet despite the apparent "siloing" of academia, researchers' public engagement persits through multiple organic and unmediated channels. These partnerships inform local processes and policy, producing a vibrant field of public-oriented studies that simultaneously address local needs while also extending theoretical development. The conference calls for introspective assessments of gaps between outcomes and needs voiced by practioners, while also providing an opportunity to exhibit successful researcher-community innovations.

The 2019 NCCP will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Paul Leighton co-author of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, and Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University.

Submission Details

Interested contributors are asked to submit abstracts to NCCP@wlu.ca. All submissions should include a brief title and an abstract that does not exceed 250 words, along with a 50 word personal biography and contact information. The conference organizers invite submissions in either French or English languages, to any of the following categories (described at length below): 

  • Complete Thematic Panel
  • Individual Papers
  • Roundtable Sessions
  • Poster Presentations

Please note, in alignment with the conference theme, contributions from non-academic parties are welcome and encouraged.

Complete Thematic Panels

Please submit a title and abstract for the entire panel, as well as titles, abstracts, and author information for all presenters. Thematic panels should contain three to five papers, and can employ novel/non-traditional presentation methods (e.g. Picha Kucha; dramatic elicitation; visual arts; etc.). 

Individual Papers

Please submit a title, abstract, keywords, and author information for all presenters/co-presenters. Individual papers should feature planned, ongoing, or completed projects, and provide an opportunity to feature collaborative work (e.g. community-university; grant-in-aid; etc.).

Roundtable Sessions

Please submit a title, thematic description, and panelist information. Roundtable sessions may include collaborative problem-solving; Q&A sessions; partnership faciliation; or mentoring (directed toward graduate students and new scholars).

Poster Presentations

Please submit a title, abstract, and author information. Poster presentations can feature theoretical work or methods, data, policy analyses, or findings in a visually appealing manner.

Abstracts should be submitted to NCCP@wlu.ca by 8 p.m. (EST), Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. All presenters are asked to please limit themselves to a maximum of two first author presentations (no limit on co-author/contributor or participant).

NOTE: The organizers will reserve panelist slots for students, so if this is applicable please include your student status in your submission.

Location and Accomodation

The NCCP will be hosted at the Laurier Brantford campus in downtown Brantford, Ontario. The closest major transporation is Lester B. Pearson International Airport, located approximately 100 km away, and is accessible via limo, taxi, or ridesharing services. Other nearby hubs include the cities of London and Hamilton, both of which are serviced by regional airports and can be accessed through mass transit ground transporation (Via Rail, GO bus). 

A limited number of preferential rate rooms are available through the Best Western Brantford Hotel & Convention Centre. Several other major hotel chains provide accomodations within the greater Brantford area. Please note, a daily shuttle bus will be available between hotels and the Laurier campus.

Additional Information

Please address any questions or concerns to the local organizing committee (Stacey Hannem, James F. Popham, Deana Simonetto, and Christopher J. Schneider) through NCCP@wlu.ca. Conference program, accomodation and transportation instructions, and additional information will be made available on NCCP.org after all submissions are collected.