Second International Conference Punishment in Global Peripheries

Event date
6 - 8 July
Event time
09:00 - 18:00
Oxford week
TT 11
Oxford Law Faculty

Scholars from across the Social Sciences and the Humanities have increasingly highlighted how the realities of peripheral countries have long been overlooked. This scenario is no different in the field of Punishment and Society, in which most scholarship is based on research conducted in a handful of countries in the global north. In June 2021, we challenged this geographical and epistemological approach in a lively first online International Conference on Punishment in Global Peripheries, in which 34 papers, based on over 30 different countries of diverse regions of the world, were presented and discussed. The conference was attended by over 260 participants from diverse backgrounds and contexts.

This second International Conference aims to further this discussion and solidify a network that brings punishment in peripheral countries into the centre of the discussion.

We welcome contributions which engage with punishment at peripheral contexts, broadly speaking, and which shed light into the complexities of penal trends and dynamics in these societies, both in relation to change but also persistence, describing and explaining them from different methodological and theoretical perspectives. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the following topics:

  • ‘Legacies’ of imperialism, colonialism, and authoritarianism in contemporary penality, including the problematisation of theoretical tools to think of them.
  • Travels of penal policies and knowledge across core and peripheral contexts, and within peripheral contexts
  • Peculiar features of penal trends, institutions and practices in peripheral settings

Submission of abstracts: NOW CLOSED

The event will be held in a hybrid format, physically taking place in the University of Oxford, Law Faculty, but also allowing remote participations. If you want to attend it, please fill out the registration form below. Please note there is a limited capacity for in-person attendance, and priority is given to Oxford staff and students.


Registration will close at 15.00 BST on Tuesday, 5 July.

This conference is co-hosted by the Global Criminal Justice Hub of the Oxford Centre for Criminology (United Kingdom), and the Programa Delito y Sociedad, Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina).

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