Graduate Student Conference

2018 Call for Papers

The University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies is pleased to announce its annual graduate conference on the theme of Regulation, Accountability, and Reform Attempts in a Time of Divisive Politics.

Date: March 9, 2018 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location: The University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Canadiana Gallery, Room 160

14 Queen’s Park Crescent West


We invite you to join the 2018 Annual Graduate Student Conference hosted by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. Our school is on territories governed by the Dish With One Spoon Treaty, home to the Anishinaabe, Mississauga, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We are grateful to work and learn on this land.

The conference provides graduate students an opportunity to present their academic research in an interdisciplinary context and network with others doing work on related issues.

With the spread of extreme nationalism and populism across Canada and beyond, disputes over social exclusion, immigration and refugee policies, and shifting modes of regulation have captured public attention. The current political climate has contributed to the further marginalization of subaltern groups, while calls for progressive reform have failed to produce, or meet demands for, substantive change. It is essential, perhaps now more than ever, that we map the current criminological and sociolegal landscape in Canada, to examine how we define and respond to current events, emergent trends in governance, and question if and how individuals and the institutions that regulate the already marginalized are held accountable.

Rethinking Law, Criminal Justice Policy, and Regulation

Graduate Student Conference Program, 2018

11:00 am – 11:20 am: Registration

11:20 am – 11:30 am: Opening Remarks from Prof. Audrey Macklin, Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Session I – Canadian Carceralities and Penology Facilitator: Samantha Aeby

Presentations: A Questionable System of Penal Reform in Canada: A historical approach to understanding rehabilitation for ex-offenders, Kadija Lodge-Tulloch, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

A Comparative Analysis: The wrongful convictions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Australia, Ferdouse Asefi, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

Life After Wrongful Conviction: Exploring potential aggravating and mitigating factors related to exoneree reintegration, Tyler King, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

Loose Coupling and Defining Deviance Down: Correctional Officers’ perceptions of organizational responses to mental health and well-being, Victoria Baker, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Lunch

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm: Session II – In/excluding Bodies through Law: Citizenship, sexuality, and migration Facilitator: Andrea Sterling

Presentations: The Racial Exclusionary Mechanisms of Citizenship, Brianna Garneau, Criminology, University of Ottawa

Contagion and the Public Body: A Re-ordering of Private and Public Spheres in R. v Gowdy, Joshua David Michael Shaw, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

A Positive Monster born from the Judicial Page: Governing Positive Sexuality through the Criminal Law as a Tool of Public Health Containment, Maxwell Philip Tristan Miller, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Humanity, Civilization and Western Modernity: Inquiry into the Colonial Roots of Development, Joaquin Sabat, Sociology, Université Laval

Canada’s Migrants and Affordable Housing, Kunal Variawa, Criminology and Social Justice, Ryerson University

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Coffee Break

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm: Session III – Securitization, Surveillance and Regulation Facilitator: Jihyun Kwon

Presentations: The Materialization of Securitization Practices: Living under security certificates, Subhah Wadhawan, Criminology, University of Ottawa

Technology of Surveillance in Crime Control: Foucault Revisited, Subrata Banarjee and Mohammed Jahirul Islam (non-presenting co-author), Criminology, University of Ottawa

Governing the Firearms Privilege: The power dynamics of gun ownership in Canada, Derek Cooper, Sociology, Carleton University

A Gendered Case for Governmentality: Campus governance and the institutionalization of sexual violence, Ravita Surajbali, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Closing Remarks from Prof. Scot Wortley, Graduate Coodinator

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Meet and Greet – Prenup Pub (191 College St. West)

Attendance is free, please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

Lunch, coffee, and pub snacks will be provided – please email the organizing committee if you have any dietary restrictions.

The event will be held in an accessible space with a wheel-chair accessible washroom. Please let us know if you have any access needs so we can better accomodate you.

For out of town visitors, Grad House Accomodation is a reasonably priced option that is a 10 minute walk from our Centre. Details can be found here:

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the organizing commitee at

We look forward to meeting you soon!

2018 – Rethinking Law, Criminal Justice Policy, and Regulation (Call for Papers)


Previous Graduate Conferences

2017 – Surveillance, Resistance, and [In]Justice in a Time of Unrest
(Call For Papers) (Schedule)

2015 – Social Justice in the City Graduate Student Workshop
(Call for Papers) (Schedule)