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St Mary's University, London, announces Graphic Justice Conference, 4-5 July 2017
The intersections of comics and legality represent a burgeoning area of concern within, without, and between legal, cultural, and comics communities. But what directions or distractions do comics bring to the project of justice? Are comics a valuable and important resource, or are they mere entertainment and intellectual amusement? Are comics for fun, rather than for rigorous analysis as part of the serious task of law and justice? Does visual storytelling inevitably distract us from the judicial project?

Engaging with these provocative questions, and the intersection of comics and law more generally, Graphic Justice Discussions 2017 seeks to explore the potential, possible, and plural value of comics for the understanding and practice of justice, morality, and the regulation of human life.
A limited, but in no way limiting, indication of relevant concerns follows:

· representations and critiques of law, justice, and morality, or of institutions, actors, and processes, in comics and related visual media

· comics and related visual media analysed in contexts such as power, meaning, politics, difference, violence, rights, justice, governance, sovereignty, morality, ethics, bioethics, judgment, or any other relevant field

· visuality, aesthetics, or multimodality of knowledge, communication, and the popular presentation(s) of law and justice

· the value or use of popular, visual, and ‘geek’ media in understanding law, justice, and related concerns

· comics as an object of regulation, embroiled in e.g. free speech and copyright

Submission information:

· Papers are welcomed for submission on any aspect of graphic justice. Papers concerned with the wider value of such endeavours, and the trajectories it might take, are particularly encouraged.

· Submissions for a poster/comics competition are also invited.

· Papers will be allocated 20 minutes by default (plus discussion/question time); submissions are welcome for alternative formats (workshops, interviews, etc).

· Paper and poster/comic submissions require a 250 word abstract, 3 keywords, and a 50 word biography. Panel submissions require a 150 word panel abstract alongside paper abstracts etc. Other forms of session should be outlined in a 250 word abstract and include any relevant bios, information, or visual material.

· Panels will be 90 minutes; posters/comics should be single-sided up to A2 size.

· Email submissions to thomas.giddens@stmarys.ac.uk by 23 April 2017.

For more information, please visit the Graphic Justice Research Alliance blog.
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Upcoming Events
Gamblers and Gentlefolk: Money, Law and Status in Trollope's England

Date: 5:30pm-7:00pm, 30th of March 2017
Location: New Law Building, University of Sydney

In this lecture, Professor Nicola Lacey of the London School of Economics will examine the wide range of conceptions of money and its legal and social significance in the novels of Anthony Trollope - a writer whose nostalgia for the world of land sits alongside an increasingly sharp critique of the power of money - considering what his novels can tell us about the rapidly changing economic, political and social world of mid Victorian England.  In the first section of the paper, the speaker will set out what she takes to be the main critiques of money which we might expect to find explored in the history of the novel.  Here the speaker notes, drawing on a range of literary examples, that these critiques significantly predate the development of industrial let alone financial capitalism. And noting, conversely, that the capacity of the codes of honour and gentility deriving from the obligations attendant on older forms of social status to underpin the integrity of commerce, which so often form the object of literary anxiety and nostalgia, remain central preoccupations and symbolic resources as we move into the second half of the nineteenth century, albeit in new guises. 

The lecture will then move to Trollope, concentrating in particular on Orley Farm (1861-2) - the novel most directly concerned with law among his formidable output - and The Way We Live Now (1875) - the novel most directly concerned with the use and abuse of money in the early world of financial capitalism.  In these and other novels, the speaker will argue, Trollope’s work epitomises both the multiple meanings which money has and the many functions which money serves in novels, as well as its fundamental ambivalence. The two novels present some interesting contrasts in terms of their conceptions of money and its significance, with money or wealth deriving from social status gradually displaced by social status deriving from money, or from the reputation of wealth - with interesting implications for the legal, moral and other resources which can be drawn upon to temper the power of money in an increasingly urbanised and fluid world. The books not only tell us much about changing conceptions of property in a world in which the old world of landed gentry and the newer one of industrial capitalism sat alongside practices of speculative investment geared simply to the multiplication of money. They also speak, as it were, volumes on the relative effectiveness of the different regulatory resources, including law, which can be brought to bear upon each form of wealth.  And they open some fascinating windows on the gendering of both money and law as concepts in the later Victorian imagination.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

Race and Incarceration: Comparing re-integration in Australia and the United States
Date:  9:00am-5:00pm, 13 March 2017
Location: Refectory, Holme Building, Science Rd, University of Sydney
Why are racial disparities in the justice system so pronounced in two countries with such distinctive racial histories?  Following a year in which revelations of abuse in Australia’s juvenile detention system provoked a national discussion on the treatment of our indigenous communities, and the establishment of a federal inquiry into the average representation of indigenous Australians in prisons, the United States Studies Centre is convening a gathering of international experts to examine the racial disparity affecting the justice systems in both countries and to chart a way forward.
Conference Sessions
  • Why are radial disparities in the justice system so pronounced in two countries with such distinctive racial histories? 
  • Transitions from prison to community: What are the main challenges to successful social integration after incarceration? 
  • Film: Voices from Boston and the Territory  
  • Voices from the field: What is needed to promote social integration after incarceration? 
  • What alternatives are working on the ground? 
  • Racial justice and criminal justice: How to promote justice in contexts of poverty and racial inequality? 

For more information, the full list of speakers, and registration, please visit the event website.
Twenty Years On: Engaging with Complex Trauma: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities
Date:18th-19th March 2017
Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

This bi-national conference, convened by Belmont Private Hospital and the Cannan Institute, in collaboration with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Trauma and Dissociation Unit (TDU), Belmont Hospital and it uniquely brings together leading clinicians, researchers and writers from the Australian and New Zealand complex trauma/dissociative disorders field.

The first day of the conference comprises a series of plenary presentations culminating in a plenary panel at the end of the day. The conference dinner at Rydges Hotel, will be held on Saturday 18th March. The second day of the program comprises two parallel workshop streams.

For the event program, further details, and registration information, please visit the event website.
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Recent Publications
Managing Public Safety Technology: Deploying Systems in Police, Courts, Corrections, and Fire Organizations
By Jeffrey A. Rose and Donald C. Lacher

Divided into four sections—public safety agencies, key issues like interoperability and cybercrime, management skills, and emerging trends like the transfer of military technologies to civilian agencies, Managing Public Safety Technology illustrates how essential managing technology is to the success of any project. Based on the authors’ years of experience dealing with information systems and other tools, this book offers guidance for line personnel, supervisors, managers, and anyone dealing with public safety technology.

Designed for current or future public safety personnel, especially those in management, Managing Public Safety Technology can also be used for undergraduate and graduate public safety management and leadership programs.

The book can be purchased online here.

Mandatory Treatment for Sex Offenders
By Sentencing Advisory Council, Tasmania

The Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council recently completed its Research Paper on Mandatory Treatment for Sex Offenders, which is the result of a reference from the Tasmanian Attorney-General, Dr the Hon Vanessa Goodwin.

The Attorney-General asked the Sentencing Advisory Council for advice on the implementation of mandatory treatment for sex offenders in custody and in the community.

The Research Paper considers mandatory treatment for sex offenders in prison and in the community.  It considers the justifications for creating a mandatory treatment regime and the legal mechanisms that may be used to achieve that outcome.

A copy of the full paper can be found online here.
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Job Advertisements
Solicitor - Legal Aid NSW
Postdoctoral Researcher wanted
Kingston University, London, are looking for one postdoctoral researcher to be in charge of fieldwork in Australia for the project ‘Sexual Humanitarianism: migration, sex work and trafficking’, funded by the ERC, the European Research Council (CoG 2015 682451).

The project aims at gathering the experiences of migration, work and social intervention (including humanitarian and anti-trafficking initiatives) of migrant women, men and transgender people who are working in the sex industry in Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), France (Marseille and Paris), New Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) and the United States (New York and Los Angeles).

Researchers will be responsible for the implementation of the work programme in their assigned national setting during fieldwork and for the gathering and production of research data in cooperation with the PI.

They will work for 36 months including initial preparation, 18 months fieldwork in one of the four national settings of the research, inter-fieldwork team meetings and final writing up period. They can also be based in their fieldwork setting.

Researchers will possess (or be nearing completion of) a PhD in anthropology or sociology (or other relevant social sciences) and specific experience of working with sex work and migration issues. They must be willing to travel internationally between Kingston University and their fieldwork setting and to spend significant time in Australia. 

A specific experience of working with migration and/or sex work issues and knowledge of the sex industry in Australia are essential criteria.

Knowledge of foreign languages spoken by migrant sex workers in the relevant national setting and experience of filmmaking and art-based research methodologies are desirable.

They are looking for people who ideally have:

– experience of qualitative interviews with hard to reach and stigmatised groups,

– a specific experience of working with migration and/or sex work issues,

– personal contacts within the sex industry in the national settings they are applying for, and

– excellent knowledge and sense of research ethics and requirements.

The project adopts a participatory community-based approach, meaning that people working in or with the sex industry are welcome to apply.

Further Information and How to Apply

If you are interested, please apply by sending an email with a covering letter, a CV outlining any relevant skills and experiences and the details of two referees (to be contacted in case of shortlisting) to the PI: Prof Nick Mai n.mai@kingston.ac.uk

There is no deadline for application as the position is open and the vacancy will be filled as soon as possible. Interviews will be held in London or in the national settings of the research if possible. Skype interviews are also possible.

Work to begin a soon as possible after 1 March 2017. Part-time or job share is possible. Depending on their experience and contacts and availability, researchers could undertake research across two national settings.

Appointment at the next lower grade (approx. £32,475-£36,243 – grade 7 including London Weighting) will be considered for candidates not holding a PhD and/or with more limited experience, provided they are very strong in particular areas. If appointed we will discuss the job description and agree a way forward.

For more information on the project’s overall aims and methodology, please visit its website. For any further information, please contact the project’s PI: Prof Nick Mai n.mai@kingston.ac.uk
Regional Manager, Transition Programs (Far West) - Community Restorative Centre, NSW

CRC is seeking a skilled, knowledgeable, dynamic and ethical Regional Manager with a demonstrated understanding of the causes and impact of crime and imprisonment in Indigenous Communities.  They are looking for someone with the capacity to utilise a social justice framework in the development and the delivery of transition case-work services. 

The successful applicant will have sensitivity to the political and policy challenges of advocacy work in this environment and high level skills in navigating complex service systems. Working as part of the management team, you will be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating all aspects of CRC’s Transition Programs in the Far West, including the supervision of all Transition Program staff across the region. You will possess strong personal values including high level personal integrity and commitment to ethical behaviour.

The position will be based at their Broken Hill office, an office that engages predominantly with Indigenous people, Indigenous services and communities. This is an excellent opportunity to take your program management career to the next level.

Further information about the position and application process can be found here.

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Student Opportunities
CJRC Postgraduate Scholarships in Southern Criminology
Applications are now open for Postgraduate Scholarships in Southern Criminology. The main purpose of the scholarships are to support the travel and attendance of domestic and international postgraduate students to the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South: International Conference, July 2017.

Successful applicants will receive a scholarship of up to AU$1,000 to be used towards flights and accommodation to attend the postgraduate day and main conference in Cairns. Additionally, conference registrations fees will be waived for scholarship recipients.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be current PhD students, at least 12 months into their candidature.

For more information and to apply, click here.
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