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Events · Howard League events

Crime, Justice and Social Harms

  • Start date: 31 Mar 2020

  • End date: 1 Apr 2020

  • Location: Keble College, Oxford


  • Two days including conference dinner (statutory and private sectors) : £400

  • Two days without conference dinner (statutory and private sectors) : £360

  • One day (Tues) including conference dinner (statutory and private sectors) : £245

  • One day (Tues) without conference dinner (statutory and private sectors) : £200

  • One day (Wed) (statutory and private sectors) : £200

  • Two days including conference dinner (charities, NGOs, students and early career academics) : £360

  • Two days without conference dinner (charities, NGOs, students and early career academics) : £315

  • One day (Tues) including conference dinner (charities, NGOs, students and early career academics) : £220

  • One day (Tues without conference dinner (charities, NGOs, students and early career academics) : £175

  • One day (Wed) : £175

  • Conference dinner : £60

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    Two-day international conference to be held at Keble College, Oxford

    Tuesday 31 March – Wednesday 1 April 2020

    How social harms are understood, questioned and tackled can have a profound effect on how communities approach crime and justice. This conference comes at a time when communities across the world are experiencing change and uncertainty affecting how they understand themselves and challenges to the status quo. Coping with, responding to and supporting such uncertainty and change brings challenges for political institutions, criminal justice agencies and civic society in developing values, strategies and systems.

    We will bring together academics, policy makers, practitioners and those directly affected by the criminal justice system to discuss, reflect on and suggest alternative strategies.

    The Howard League’s conference will consider the intersection of issues relating to crime, justice and social harms. Building on the Howard League’s Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling, we are keen to explore the impact of problem gambling on patterns of crime and the societal harms that link crime and problem gambling.

    Speakers & contributors confirmed so far:

    Call for Papers

    The Howard League is looking for papers from academics, policy makers, practitioners, PhD students and researchers from within the criminological and legal disciplines, however we are also keen to include contributions from fields of study including philosophy, geography, political science and economics.

    We will consider theoretical, policy, practice-based and more innovative contributions around a wide range of issues that encompass the broad theme of justice and the wider conference themes.  We would particularly welcome papers on the following themes, however other topics will also be positively considered.

    • political instability, austerity and social change
    • addictions as a social harm including gambling, drugs and alcohol
    • racism as a social harm
    • cybercrime, technology and social media
    • policing
    • sentencing and legal change
    • the role of probation, prisons and the criminal justice system in responding to social harms
    • community and civil society’s responses to social harms
    • relationships and responsibility of social, health and (criminal) justice
    • gender, men and masculinities
    • equality and social justice
    • women, gender and justice
    • overuse of the penal system: mass imprisonment, mass supervision and mass surveillance
    • poverty and criminal justice
    • domestic violence as a social harm
    • young people, young adults – social justice and criminal justice
    • victims of crime in a social harm context

    Abstract guidelines

    Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and include a title and 4–5 key words. Your submission should be submitted in English. Papers will normally be presented in panel sessions with 3 or 4 papers presented in either slots of 20 or 15 minutes, followed by 20/30 minutes discussion. This conference is particularly interested in and will respond positively to papers that incorporate participatory and creative methods to discuss ideas and findings, lightning talks, panels, or roundtables. We will ask you indicate your preferred method of delivering your paper. Include the proposer’s name and contact details along with the job title or role. Please submit abstracts via email to: anita.dockley@howardleague.org

    We are pleased to announce that due to increased interest, including from overseas delegates, and to allow extra time for submissions over the Christmas break, the deadline for abstracts has been extended to Friday 31 January 2020.

    All participants, whether presenting a paper or not, are expected to pay conference fees.

    Download the call for papers

    Conference fees

    What’s included?

    Conference fees include all day access to the conference sessions on your chosen day(s), conference papers, choice of delicious hot and cold two-course lunch served in the magnificent Victorian Gothic Dining Hall, morning and afternoon refreshments. Conference gala dinner on the first day is optional and can be selected at the time of booking.

    ‘Early bird’ rates apply to bookings made by Saturday 1 February 2020. 

    Download the full list of conference rates.

    Accommodation is not included in the conference fees and can be booked directly with the college online: https://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/conferences/accommodation at a special, discounted rate quoting promotional code: HOWARD20. Please book early as places are limited. Alternatively, delegates can arrange their own accommodation outside the college.

    Sponsorship opportunities

    For information on sponsorship opportunities, exhibiting or advertising in the conference booklet, please email barbara.norris@howardleague.org

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