Graduate Student Conference


Power & Protest: Rethinking Mobilization in Canada & Beyond

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Date: March 12, 2020 & March 13, 2020
Location: 14 Queen’s Park Crescent West
Toronto, Ontario (M5S 3K9)

Mass mobilizations are often framed as power struggles between governmental institutions and civilian organizations with specific end goals. However, from Indigenous anti-pipeline protests in the Global North to the #MeToo movement, resistance has manifested itself in many distinct shapes and forms. In a time of increasingly growing economic, social, and political inequality, within and across nations, there is a pressing need for change. It is important to diversify current socio-legal narratives surrounding what constitutes power and protest. This conference aims to provide the opportunity for emerging scholars to critically understand, rethink, and re-contextualize mobilization in today’s world.

Revised Schedule

This year’s conference will span over two days, beginning on March 12 with a workshop series.

In the MORNING, a Writing Workshop will be organized and facilitated by Dr. Daniel Newman, Director of Graduate Writing Support at the University of Toronto.

Following, in the AFTERNOON, Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah will lead a Professional Development workshop on the topic of Scholars and Social Media.

Registration and Breakfast 10:00 AM — 10:30 AM

WORKSHOP 1—Writing: Daniel Newman, PhD 10:30 AM—12:00 PM

Developing Your Scholarly Voice: Strategies for Writing Like a Pro/f

Lunch 12:00 PM—12:30 PM

Speaker Series: Professor Constance Backhouse (attendance is optional) 12:30 PM—2:00 PM

Racial bias and judging: spotlight on the R.D.S. case, 1993-97

Break 2:00 PM—2:15 PM

WORKSHOP 2—Professional Development: Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah,
PhD 2:15 PM—3:45 PM

Scholars in Public Scholarship

On March 13, panels will open with a keynote address from Dr. Mugambi Jouet, Assistant Professor at McGill University, lawyer, and author of Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other.

Registration and Breakfast 10:00 AM—10:20 AM

Opening remarks—Professor Audrey Macklin, Director of Centre 10:20 AM—10:30 AM

Keynote Address & Q+A—Professor Mugambi Jouet, McGill University 10:30 AM—12:00 PM

Break 12:00 PM—12:15 PM


Danielle Hurd
Reconceptualizing Violence: An Argument Against the Categorization of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front as Ecoterrorists

Inês Ferreira Dias Tavares
Digilantism as a Breach in the State’s Violence and Legal Monopoly

Robert Giannetta
Canadian Justice/Indigenous (In)Justice: Decolonization of the Criminal Justice System

Julia Conceição Mogus
An Assemblage Theory Analysis of the Relationship Between Indigenous Intellectual Property And State Resistance To Shared Sovereignty in Canada

Lunch 1:45 PM—2:30 PM


Jennifer Del Riccio
Nevertheless, They Persisted: The Indian Act, R v Barton, and Power Through Protest by Indigenous Women in Canada

Sara Fruchtman
‘All the Work We Do as Women’: Solidarities Between the Wages for Housework
and Sex Workers’ Rights Movements

Isra Saghir
Crushing Culture, Dismantling Defiance: Cultural Heritage and Mass Mobilization in Iraq

Katelyn Squires
The Opium of Nationalism: Belonging, Trauma and Dissidence in Northern Ireland

Mix & Mingle: Conference Social—Centre Lounge (second floor) 5:30 PM—7:30 PM
Join us for hors d’œuvres and canapés as we bring the conference to a close.


As this is an interdisciplinary graduate conference, we welcome submissions from graduate students involved in research outside of, but related to, the disciplines of criminology, sociolegal studies, and sociology. Some critical issues this conference will cover, but are not limited to, are the following:

  • Race and racism in the criminal justice system
  • Political violence and repression
  • Inequality and social polarization
  • Social justice and criminal justice activism
  • Accountability, oversight and legitimacy
  • Protest policing
  • Anti-protest strategies and legitimacy
  • Mobilization organizations and tactics

We invite graduate students to submit abstract proposals to discuss these critical issues, or explore other issues that fall within the realm of this year’s conference theme.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided.

For further inquiries, please contact

Previous Graduate Conferences


Borders and Barriers: Understanding Criminalization and Challenges to Human Rights

The University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies is pleased to announce its one-day graduate conference entitled Borders and Barriers: Understanding Criminalization and Challenges to Human Rights

Conference date: March 8, 2019 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Location: Canadiana Gallery (14 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON M5S 3K9)

The simplest way to imagine borders is to think of a territorial divide. However, socio-legal narratives have continuously challenged and broadened our familiar conceptualization of borders and boundaries. They have also come to represent invisible yet concrete barriers that affect different communities, identities, and individuals, particularly those in conflict with the law and those affected by it. This conference provides the opportunity for emerging scholars to critically understand, rethink, and reconcile our common conceptualization of borders. Our goal is to explore not only the human rights barriers they erect through policy and practice, but also their dire consequences on individuals and societies at a global, humanistic level.

Preliminary Schedule

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10:00 AM to 10:20 AM – Registration

10:20 AM to 10:30 AM – Opening Remarks.

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Session I – Institutional Barriers in Criminal Justice Policy (Facilitator: Daniel Konikoff)

  • Road Safety and the Lifeworld: Unintended Social Barriers of Canada’s New Drug-Impaired Driving Legislation, Devon Valentine, Sociology, Queen’s University
  • Problematic Justifications for Border Control Policies: Family Separation in the United States, Kanwal Khokhar, Criminal and Social Justice, Ryerson University
  • Putting the Crown on Trial: An Exploration of Law and Practice of Prosecutorial Discretion in Sexual Assault Cases, Priyanka Sharma, Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
  • The Rape Shield’s Defective Policy Cycle, Danielle McNabb, Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph

12:00 PM to 12:10PM – Break

12:15 PM to 2:00 PM – Session II – Criminalization of Migration and Asylum (Facilitator: Jona Zyfi)

  • Religion or Economy: What Makes Rohingya Stateless, Atm Shaifullah Mehedi, Sociology, Queen’s University
  • How Are We Doing? Newspaper Representation of Migrant Criminality in Western Democracies, Victoria Harraway, Criminology, Simon Fraser University
  • Asylum Seekers in Lacolle, Quebec: Securitized Encounters at the Canadian Data Border, Jamie Duncan, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
  • The Humanitarian Governance of Victimhood: Identifying Migrant Victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in the UK, Abbey Wright, Sociology, Carleton University
  • Furthering the Discussion on Trans-National Radicalization: Somali Canadians on Al-Shabaab, Nadar Mahamud, Criminology and Social Justice, Ryerson University

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Lunch Break

3:00 PM to 4:15PM – Session III – Carceral Barriers (Facilitator: Kadija Lodge-Tulloch)

  • Bounded Bodies: Carceral Spatialities of Institutional Transfer and Urban Parole Upon Indigenous Prisoners, Joshua Shaw, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Removed and Replaced: The Psychosocial Barriers to Prison Re-Entry, Alyssa Leblond and Samantha Cima, Criminology, University of Ottawa
  • Monetizing Trauma: The Case of Omar Khadr, Aqsa Bhagat, Socio-Legal Studies, York University
  • Spatial Closure and Practical Penalization: The Case of Goutte d’Or in North-Paris, Khalil Habrih, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa

4:15 PM to 4:30 PM – Closing Remarks

5:00 PM – Social (Prenup Pub)

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(Call for papers – please note January 25th deadline)


Rethinking Law, Criminal Justice Policy, and Regulation

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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

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