Learn more about the Walls to Bridges Program at uOttawa

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Sandra Lehalle (Assistant Professor) and Jennifer Kilty (Associate Professor) are running a Walls to Bridges Course again this year. This course, based on the Walls-to-Bridges Program model, is an opportunity for a small group of students from the University of Ottawa (up to a maximum of 10) and a detention centre (up to a maximum of 10) to study together as peers in a seminar style course. Classes will be held inside a detention centre and the instructor will act as facilitator to guide discussion about the various topics and as resources to share relevant information where appropriate.

The class will be seminar style with large and small group discussion, in class group activities, a group project, personal written reflections (journaling), and a final paper as the primary methods of learning and evaluation. The instructor will act as facilitator to guide discussion about the various topics, and as resource to share relevant information where appropriate.

The winter 2019 course explores the subject of othering” and the divisive mentalities that pit groups in opposition to one another (us versus them). Students will learn through in class activities, readings, group discussions, journaling and other writing assignments, and individual and group assignments based on academic and non-academic (popular culture) literature and materials. There will be a special focus on the deconstruction of the other in relation to race, gender, class and poverty in the criminal justice system and the community. Students will be encouraged to examine local, national and international cases/topics and to discuss the othering process as it occurs in these cases. Students will be asked to consider how we (individually and collectively) actively engage in othering, how it works, as well as what we are trying to protect/defend by othering. Discussion of how we can resist othering will also be encouraged. It is only through open and honest discussion that we can start to unpack the othering process and how we mobilize our own privilege (consciously or not) to cast certain groups as different, dangerous or other.

For more information, click here.

4 et 18 oct: Ateliers pratiques de demandes de bourses / Oct. 4 and 18: Hands-on workshops on grant applications

Appliquer pour des bourses externes (CRSH, BESO, FQRSC, etc.) fait partie des tâches d’un(e) étudiant(e) gradué(e). Non seulement elles offrent un appui financier important, elles sont aussi prestigieuses et peuvent grandement faciliter la poursuite d’une carrière académique. Si vous avez de très bonnes notes (une moyenne de 8.0/10 ou A-), le département vous encourage fortement à appliquer. Pour vous aider, nous organisons deux ateliers cet automne, en plus de la séance d’information organisée par la faculté. Les ateliers sont bilingues et ouverts aux étudiant(e)s gradué(e)s et de 4e année de baccalauréat en criminologie.

Rédaction d’une demande de bourse 1
4 octobre, 14 :30-16:15, FSS 4006
·      Présentation très brève des bourses disponibles et de l’importance d’un projet bien écrit ;
·      Conseils d'un professeur(e) du département qui a évalué les demandes de bourses ;
·      Conseils et expériences d’étudiant(e)s boursier(e)s du département
·      Remise d’un dossier avec des copies d’applications qui ont été financées pour vous aider à rédiger les vôtres.

Rédaction d’une demande de bourse 2
18 octobre, 14:30-16:15, FSS 4006
·      En petits groupes, lecture de vos projets (ou brouillons) et commentaires ;
·      Commentaires d’étudiant(e)s boursiers et de profs pour vous aider.

Augmentez vos chances de réussite et transformez un processus compétitif en une opportunité de collaboration et d’échange avec vos pairs.

Applying for external funding (SSHRC, OGS, FQRSC, etc.) is amongst the most important tasks of a new graduate student. Not only do grants provide important financial support, they can greatly facilitate the pursuit of an academic career. If your grades are good (i.e. an average of at least 8.0/10 or A-), the department strongly encourages you to apply. In order to help you, we are organizing two workshops this fall—in addition to the information session organized by the Faculty. The workshops are bilingual and open to 4th year BA and graduate students (MA and PhD) in criminology.

Grant Writing Workshop 1
October 4th, 2:30-4:15, FSS 4006
·      Brief overview of available grants and of the importance of a well-written project;
·      Advice by one of the departmental professors who has evaluated scholarship applications;
·      Advice from criminology students who hold external grants;
·      Distribution of copies of previously successful student applications to help you in writing your own.

Grant Writing Workshop 2
October 18th, 2:30-4:15, FSS 4006
·      In small groups, review of your projects (or drafts) and comments;
·      Opportunity for feedback from past successful student applicants and faculty members.

Increase your chances of getting funding and turn this competitive process into an opportunity for collaboration and sharing with your peers.

CRM 50 - Enjeux criminologiques contemporains / Contemporary criminological issues

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The field of criminology has had a relatively short-lived history in Canada, spanning just over half a century. In this time, criminology inside and outside of Canada has seen exponential growth. This trend has been paired with the rise of explicitly exclusionary and punitive state policies and practices with respect to ‘crime’ and ‘security’.

To provide a retrospective look on the past half century of criminology in the Canadian context, the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa is hosting a conference funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council coinciding with its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1968, our department has developed a reputation for interdisciplinary and critical criminological scholarship that advances alternative ways of conceptualizing and responding to criminalized activities and social harms. Conference presenters will share their research that highlights how criminology has been imagined otherwise, at the University of Ottawa and beyond, to challenge a discipline that often informs and is informed by increasingly exclusionary and punitive ‘criminal justice’ and ‘security’ laws, policies, and practices.

Friday Sept. 28, 9am-5pm, FSS 4004 & 4007

Le champ de la criminologie n’existe que depuis un peu plus d’un demi-siècle au Canada. Durant cette période, la criminologie a connu une croissance exponentielle, tant au Canada qu’à l’étranger. Cette tendance est liée au développement de politiques et pratiques étatiques en matière de « crime » et de « sécurité » qui sont explicitement exclusives et punitives.

Proposant un regard rétrospectif sur le dernier demi-siècle de criminologie au Canada, le Département de criminologie de l’Université d’Ottawa organise un colloque financé par le Conseil de Recherche en Sciences Humaines dans le cadre du 50e anniversaire du département. Fondé en 1968, notre département a développé une réputation pour ses recherches interdisciplinaires et critiques qui promeuvent des façons alternatives de conceptualiser les activités criminalisées et les torts sociaux et d’y répondre. Les participant(e)s partageront leurs recherches qui montrent comment la criminologie peut être imaginée autrement, à l’Université d’Ottawa et ailleurs, afin de remettre en question une discipline qui contribue trop souvent à la mise en place de politiques, pratiques et lois de plus en plus exclusives et punitives.

Vendredi 28 sept, 9h à 17h, FSS 4004 & 4007

La Rotonde couvre l'exposition d'oeuvres d'art du 50e

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Le journal étudiant La Rotonde est allé voir l’exposition d’art produit par des prisonniers qui est en cours au Café Nostalgica dans le cadre des célébrations du 50e anniversaire du département.

Voici les informations pour l’exposition:

Dans le cadre du 50e anniversaire du Département de criminologie de l’Université d’Ottawa, des artistes qui ont vécu l’incarcération et autres formes de répression étatique ont soumis des œuvres d’art afin de rendre compte des réalités de la criminalisation et autres formes d’exclusions sociales. Ces œuvres seront vendues lors d’une exposition à l’Université d’Ottawa. Tous les profits iront aux artistes.

Encan silencieux : Les enchères débuteront le jeudi 27 septembre à 9 h puis se termineront le vendredi 28 septembre à 17 h.

Exposition : Vendredi 28 septembre de 17 h à 19 h. Les places sont limitées.

CRM 50: The Human Faces of National Insecurity

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The goal of the panel is to take a critical look at how Muslim individuals have been treated in national security cases. This event will include individuals that have been directly impacted by national security policies, as well as organizations, researchers and lawyers that have been working to bring attention to the coercive effects of state policies on Muslim communities. A representative from the National Council of Canadian Muslims will talk about their concerns in how Muslim individuals have been treated in national security cases. Hassan Diab and Abdullah Almalki will talk about their own experiences and ordeal with national security policies. Subhah Wadhawan, MA student (Criminology, University of Ottawa) will talk about her research with security certificate detainees.

The panel will be moderated by Yavar Hameed (Hameed Law).

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7pm-10pm, STM 224

Space is limited. Attendance will be restricted to 156 participants. Register early to avoid disappointment!

CRM 50 - Éléments pour repenser une reconstruction innovatrice du système de droit criminel

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La Chaire de recherche du Canada en traditions juridiques et rationalité pénale propose un colloque dans le cadre des célébrations du 50e anniversaire du département.

Mercredi 26 septembre 2018, 13h00 à 17h00, FSS 4004

La réforme du droit criminel : une idée dont le temps est venu
Margarida Garcia, professeure au Département de criminologie et à la Section de droit civil de la Faculté de Droit; Vice-Doyenne à la recherche, Faculté de Droit.

Comment penser la prestation préventive du droit pénal face au terrorisme de manière ajustée aux droits de l’Homme ?

Coline Moreau, étudiante-chercheure invitée, Master en Droit, Université Catholique de Louvain

Repenser un obstacle majeur à la réforme du droit criminel : le cas de la théorie de la dissuasion
Sébastien Labonté, doctorant au Département de criminologie, Université d’Ottawa

Réflexions sur l’innovation pénale à partir de l’expérience de femmes condamnées à des peines de travail communautaire

Carmen Fullin, Ph. D. en Anthropologie à l’Université de São Paulo; stagiaire postdoctorale à la CRC en traditions juridiques et rationalité pénale, Université d’Ottawa

Les peines radicales et le principe de proportionnalité : où se trouve le « seuil du désastre » (disaster threshold) ?

Alvaro Pires, professeur au Département de criminologie et Chaire de recherche du Canada en traditions juridiques et rationalité pénale, Université d’Ottawa

Valerie Steeves to speak about social media at Queen's University on Tuesday

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Interested in how social media use may be impacting your family? In Kingston this Tuesday?

Join Valerie Steeves (Full Professor) who if the director of the eQuality Project and her colleague Valerie Michaelson (Queen's University) as they explore how the rise of social networking has impacted:

·         interpersonal relationships

·         academic achievement

·         teen dating

·         bullying

You will also hear from a group of local teens who put away their smartphones for a week as part of the #DisconnectionChallenge. They will reflect on their time offline and how it helped them explore how technology was affecting their connection to themselves, to others, and to nature. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm,

Queen’s University, MACKINTOSH-CORRY HALL ROOM B201 

Réception - Au-delà de la salle de classe: comment nos diplômés contribuent au changement social / Reception - Beyond the classroom: How our graduates affect social change

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Are you a graduate of the Department of Criminology?

Come celebrate the Department’s 50th anniversary during a reception for graduates.  Cocktails and appetizers will be served while you reconnect with former classmates and professors.  A panel will highlight the contributions of some of our graduates to social change.

Space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment! Contact: Genevieve.Nault@uottawa.ca

Tuesday Sept. 25, 4 to 7pm, FSS 4007

Vous êtes diplômés du Département de criminologie?

Venez célébrer le 50e anniversaire du département lors d’une réception pour les diplômés. Cocktails et amuse-gueules seront servis dans un atmosphère de retrouvailles avec vos anciens collègues de classe et professeurs. Un panel soulignera les contributions au changement social de nos diplômés.

Les places sont limitées. Inscrivez-vous tôt! Contactez: Genevieve.Nault@uottawa.ca

Mardi 25 septembre, 16h à 19h, FSS 4007

CRM 50: Danse, corps et enfermement / Dance, Embodiment, Confinement

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Dans cette presentation, professeure Sylvie Frigon et danseuse et chorégraphe Claire Jenny discuteront la pertinence de la danse en prison à la lumière des interventions de la compagnie de danse contemporaine, Point Virgule, à Paris. Claire Jenny proposera également un atelier de danse aux participants.

Professor Sylvie Frigon and dancer/choreographer Claire Jenny discuss the relevance of dance in prison through the work of Point Virgule, a contemporary dance company in Paris. Claire Jenny will also conduct a dance workshop with the participants.

En français: Jeudi 17 septembre 2018, 14:30 à 16:00, FSS 14001 (places limitées)

In English: Tuesday September 25, 2018, 2:30 to 4:00, SMD 429 (limited spaces)

For l’horaire de toute la semaine, cliquez ici. For the full week schedule, click here.

CRM 50: The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis - Child Rights Implications

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The presentation "The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis - Child Rights Implications" by Mary Birdsell will explore the child rights implications of new federal and provincial legislation regulating the possession, production, and sale of cannabis. Under these changes, young people under 18 years of age face ongoing prohibition and unequal criminal liability.  While there is cause for concern regarding the possible health risks and detrimental effects on teenage neurology, the current criminal justice sanctions violate young people’s rights, and utterly fail to protect their health and well-being. 

A Q&A will follow this presentation on the new legal landscape regarding cannabis for young people, and the problems therein, from a rights-based legal perspective.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11:30-1pm, FTX 147 (limited space)

More info here.

CRM 50 & Shawn & Kush Singh Series: Talk by Ralph Nader

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Corporate Crime, State Violence and Accountability in the Trump Era

(SOLD OUT, but check out the whole week schedule for more events)

Keynote speaker: Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, author and former U.S. presidential candidate

Ralph Nader is one of America’s most effective social critics. His analyses and advocacy have enhanced public awareness and increased government and corporate accountability. And his example has inspired a whole generation of consumer advocates, citizen activists, and public interest lawyers who, in turn, have established their own organizations throughout the country. 

Immediately following Ralph Nader’s presentation, a bilingual panel of experts from the Department of Criminology of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ will share their insights concerning the shifting political landscape and its impact on the patterns and regulation of corporate crime and state violence.

Panelists:

Steven Bittle, Associate Professor

Maritza Felices-Luna, Associate Professor

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Time: 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Tabaret Hall, Huguette Labelle Hall (Room 112), 550 Cumberland, Ottawa

Cost:
$10 – Alumni, Professors and Support Staff
  $5 – Students
$15 – General Public


CRM 50: Michael Kassa: A miscarriage of justice

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Innocence Ottawa, a pro-bono, student-run innocence project based in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa that helps the wrongly convicted apply for conviction review to the Minister of Justice, hosts a guest lecture on the wrongful conviction of Michael Kassa.  Members of Innocence Ottawa and Michael's family will discuss the details of his legal ordeal and the fight to clear his name. The event will be followed by a Q&A.

Monday, Sept. 24, 11:30- 1:00, STE A0150 (Space is limited)

More info here. For the whole week schedule, click here.

CRM 50: Sociotechnical Controversies in Criminology

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What are the controversies surrounding the use of drones, big data, energy policy, hydraulic fracturing and the oil and gas industry more generally? These are the questions we put to specialists on these topics: respectively, they are Ciara Bracken-Roche (PostDoc), Sachil Singh (PostDoc), Marisa Beck (PostDoc), Laura Nourallah (Ph.D. candidate) and Rafael Aguirre (Ph.D. candidate).

Beyond the substantive information shared, this panel is also the occasion to discuss other important issues: how scholars approach complexity in their research both conceptually and methodologically; what is the importance of materiality for their studies; and how do scholars see their roles as producers of knowledge in domains riven by controversies.

The presentation by the panelists and following discussion will be in English but the audience is welcome to ask questions in French-the facilitator will translate the questions if needed.

Monday, Sept. 24, 8:30-11:30 FSS 14005 (limited spaces).

More info here. Check here for the whole week schedule.

Justin Piché publishes an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen examining the costs of the proposed new and bigger jail in Ottawa

Justin Piché (Associate Professor) has published an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen examining the costs of the proposed new and bigger jail in Ottawa, which is slated to move forward under Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government. Professor Piché also calls upon the province to halt the plan and conduct robust consultations with the public to identify more effective and cheaper ways of improving community safety. Click here to read the op-ed.

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To learn more about the costs of and alternatives to jail expansion, also check-out these posts on the uOttawa and Carleton University based Criminalization and Punishment Education Project’s (CPEP) blog:

’Small’ Government Under Premier Doug Ford’s Watch - A Few Numbers
99 Alternatives to Jail Expansion in Ottawa

Contact justin.piche@uottawa.ca if you’re interested in getting involved in CPEP’s research and advocacy opposing the planned new and bigger jail in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Sylvie Frigon a collaboré avec le Royal New Zealand Ballet / Sylvie Frigon collaborated with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

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Lors de son congé sabbatique en Nouvelle-Zélande, Sylvie Frigon (Professeure titulaire) a agi comme consultante pour le Royal New Zealand Ballet pour son programme de ballet en prison avec les femmes. Vous pouvez consulter son rapport ici.

During her sabbatical leave in New Zealand, Sylvie Frigon (Full Professor) acted as consultant for the Royal New Zealand Ballet for their ballet program with women in prison. You can read her report here.