Conference by Ralph Nader: Corporate Crime, State Violence and Accountability in the Trump Era

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In celebration of the Department of Criminology’s 50th anniversary, the Shawn and Khush Singh Distinguished Lecture Series presents:

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) and 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

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

Space is limited. Please register in advance.

Note: Keynote speech is in English only. Bilingual panel discussion to follow.

Information: Sophie Mathiaut, | 613-562-5800 x3602

David Moffette discute de la politique de ville sanctuaire de Montréal

David Moffette (professeur adjoint) commente dans les médias le plan d'action de la Ville de Montréal dans le dossier de la déclaration de ville sanctuaire qui doit permettre l'accès sans peur aux services municipaux aux personnes sans statut. Il déplore la position du SPVM qui veut continuer à communiquer avec l'Agence de Services Frontaliers du Canada pour obtenir de l'information dans le cadre de ses contacts avec le public. Son intervention fait référence aux propos d'une porte-parole du SPVM rapportés dans un autre article publié la veille.

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Vigil on the eve of Prisoners' Justice Day 2018

Some students and faculty from our department are among the community organizers of a vigil on the eve of Prisoners' Justice Day. As the event organizers explain: "Prisoners’ Justice Day (PJD) emerged as a prisoner-initiated day of non-violent strike action to commemorate the death of Eddie Nalon in the segregation unit of Millhaven maximum-security penitentiary on August 10th 1974. It was first observed in 1975, and in 1976 the prisoners of Millhaven issued a communication calling for one-day hunger strikes in opposition to the use of solitary confinement and in support of prisoners’ rights, in memory of Eddie Nalon and Robert Landers, who also died alone in solitary confinement. Since then, PJD has become an internationally-recognized day of solidarity and action, both inside and outside prison walls, to commemorate deaths in custody and to demand justice for the human rights atrocities that states and their officials authorize and engage in."

Unceded and Unsurrendered Algonquin Territory / Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Human Rights Monument – Corner of Elgin and Lisgar
August 9, 2018 - 7pm

Jennifer Kilty and Erin Dej publish an edited collection on the gendered regulation of "madness"

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Jennifer Kilty (Associate Professor) and Erin Dej (PhD graduate from our department, and Assistant professor at Wilfrid Laurier University) published an edited collection titled Containing Madness: Gender and 'Psy' in Institutional Contexts at Palgrave Macmillan. According to the publisher: "This collection explores the discursive production and treatment of mental distress as it is mediated by gender and race in different institutional contexts. Featuring analyses of the prison, the psychiatric hospital, immigration detention, and other locales, this book explores the multiple interlocking oppressions that result in the diagnosis and medical, psychological, and psychiatric treatment of individuals constituted as ‘mentally ill’ at various historical moments and across institutional spaces. Contributors unpack how feminine, masculine, and transgender bodies are made up as mentally ill/sick/deviant by way of biomedical and institutional knowledges and discourses and are intervened upon by different institutional and expert authorities."

Workshop: Drugs, Violence and Rock and Roll

Irvin Waller (Professor Emeritus) and Audrey Monette (MA student) cordially invite you to Drugs, Violence and Rock and Roll: A Workshop. The event is free and will be held at the University of Ottawa from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on August 16, 2018 (Room FSS 10003).

The one-day workshop will include three generations of crime prevention and criminology specialists discussing how to shift Canada – sustainably – from a punishment to a prevention agenda. The prevention agenda focuses on social policy solutions to mental health, housing, addictions, poverty, Indigenous issues, and discrimination combined with effective targeted social prevention solutions to street and gender violence. It also advocates for alternatives such as restorative justice, the least punitive intervention, and deliberate reductions in policing and prison use.

Please note that places are limited. If you would like to attend, you must RSVP by sending an email to Audrey Monette ( by August 13, 2018

There is additional information and an agenda here. If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Audrey Monette by email (

Holly Johnson is co-author of a new article on the methodology of research on partner femicide

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Holly Johnson (Associate Professor) is a co-author of an article titled "Victim-focussed studies of intimate partner femicide: A critique of methodological challenges and limitations in current research". The article, co-authored with various colleagues, looks at endeavours for "developing strategies to prevent intimate partner femicide (IPF)." It suggests that "most research to date focuses on perpetrators of IPF rather than victims, which creates gaps in understanding of IPF. A contributor to the limited amount of victim-focussed knowledge is that – for sadly obvious reasons – IPF victims cannot directly provide information about their own experiences and circumstances. This challenge, and methodological approaches researchers have used in an attempt to overcome it, has not been given consideration in its own right." In this context, their article "examines dominant approaches used in the study of IPF, and discusses strengths and limitations of each approach. Implications and potential ways forward for enhancing methodological approaches to the study of IPF victimisation are identified, such as adapting ‘psychological autopsy’ methods commonly used in suicide research to the study of IPF."

Jennifer Kilty publishes a new chapter on carceral spaces and HIV

Jennifer Kilty (Associate Professor) published a chapter titled "Institutionalizing Risk in the 'Daddy State': Carceral Spaces as HIV Risk Environments" in the book Seeing Red: HIV/AIDS and Public Policy in CanadaAccording to the publisher, "this collection highlights various perspectives from academics, activists, and community workers who look ahead to the new and complex challenges associated with HIV/AIDS and Canadian society." Indeed, "the editors and contributors seek to show that Canada has been neither uniquely compassionate nor proactive when it comes to supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. Instead, this remains a critical area of public policy, one fraught with challenges as well as possibilities."

Isabelle Perreault et son collègue publient un nouvel article sur le suicide

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Isabelle Perreault (Professeure agrégée) a co-rédigé un article avec Robert Bastien (UQÀM) intitulé "Le négatif et le positif" pour un numéro spécial de VST - Vie sociale et traitements sur le suicide. Selon les auteurs, l'article "questionne de manière critique la façon dont le domaine biomédical envisage le suicide, entre autres en recourant à des perspectives anthropologiques et philosophiques qui révèlent toute la complexité de bien cerner la nature du désir d’en finir avec la vie de manière définitive. En conclusion, il questionne les campagnes de prévention en se demandant si celles-ci pourraient générer des effets contraires au but recherché." 

Michèle Diotte publie un article sur la notion de capacité à consentir

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Michèle Diotte (doctorante) a publié un article intitulé "Handicap cognitif et agression sexuelle : (Re)penser la capacité à consentir" dans la revue Genre, sexualité et société. L'article étudie "les discours et les pratiques juridiques qui participent à la construction de la capacité à consentir des personnes considérées en situation de handicap cognitif." Selon l'auteure, "l’étude de quatre jugements rendus parla Cour du Québec et par la Cour d’Appel de l’Ontario à propos d’accusations d’agression sexuelle sur des femmes considérées cisgenres et en situation de handicap cognitif permet d’explorer la façon dont le système de justice pénale canadien analyse la capacité à consentir en lien avec le handicap cognitif. Alors que ces quelques cas mettent en lumière l’importance accordée au discours biomédical dans la détermination de la capacité à consentir de ces personnes, [l'auteure propose] plutôt de fonder l’évaluation de cette capacité sur la compréhension de la notion de choix."

Holly Johnson and Deborah E. Conners publish a new chapter

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Holly Johnson (Associate Professor) and Deborah E. Conners (former Mitacs postdoctoral researcher) published a chapter titled "Negotiating Women's Safety: The Mandatory Charging Debate" earlier this year in the book Intimate Partner Violence, Risk and Security: Securing Women's Lives in a Global WorldOf the book, the publisher states that: "This edited collection addresses intimate partner violence, risk and security as global issues. Although intimate partner violence, risk and security are intimately connected they are rarely considered in tandem in the context of global security. Yet, intimate partner violence causes widespread physical, sexual and/or psychological harm. It is the most common type of violence against women internationally and is estimated to affect 30 per cent of women worldwide. Intimate partner violence has received significant attention in recent years, animating political debate, policy and law reform as well as scholarly attention."

Valerie Steeves co-authors chapter on digital surveillance in classrooms

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Valerie Steves (Full Professor) and her colleagues Priscilla Reagan and Leslie Regan Shade co-authored a chapter titled "Digital Surveillance in the Networked Classroom." Their piece is featured in the Palgrave International Handbook of School Discipline, Surveillance and Social Control, available in open access. According to the publisher: "this Handbook focuses on approaches to discipline, surveillance and social control from around the world, critically examining the strategies and practices schools employ to monitor students and control their behavior. Bringing together leading scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, the chapters scrutinize, analyze and compare schools' practices across the globe, providing a critical review of existing evidence, debates and understandings, while looking forward to address emerging important questions and key policy issues."

Michael Kempa is the co-editor of a new book on police abuse

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Michael Kempa (Associate Professor), along with his colleagues Michelle D. Bonner, Guillermina Seri, and Mary Rose Kubal, co-edited the book Police Abuse in Contemporary Democracies, recently published at Palgrave Macmillan. This is how the publisher presents it: "This volume offers a much-needed analysis of police abuse and its implications for our understanding of democracy. Sometimes referred to as police violence or police repression, police abuse occurs in all democracies. It is not an exception or a stage of democratization. It is, this volume argues, a structural and conceptual dimension of extant democracies. The book draws our attention to how including the study of policing into our analyses strengthens our understanding of democracy, including the persistence of hybrid democracy and the decline of democracy. To this end, the book examines three key dimensions of democracy: citizenship, accountability, and socioeconomic (in)equality. Drawing from political theory, comparative politics, and political economy, the book explores cases from France, the US, India, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Brazil, and Canada, and reveals how integrating police abuse can contribute to a more robust study of democracy and government in general."

David Moffette and William Walters publish a new article in Studies in Social Justice

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David Moffette (Assistant Professor) and his colleagues William Walters published a new article titled "Flickering Presence: Theorizing Race and Racism in the Governmentality of Borders and Migration." The article published in Studies in Social Justice, argues that the critical potential of the governmentality of borders and migration scholarship is hampered by the rather limited ways it has managed to make sense of race and racism. This article makes two contributions: First, it surveys studies in the governmentality of migration and develops a typology of what the authors call "framings of race" – the ways that race appears, is mobilized, or haunts this scholarship. Second, they look to recent debates about race and racism in Science & Technology Studies for useful theoretical innovations that might help scholars study border-making and race-making as mutually constitutive processes.