BSC Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network
- About the group
- Forthcoming Events
- Previous Events
- Joining and staying in touch
- Contact the Network
The Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network has its own website – https://wccjn.wordpress.com/
Marian Duggan – M.C.Duggan@kent.ac.uk
Crime, victimisation and control are profoundly gendered issues. Since the 1970s, research has documented the significance of gendered inequalities as they affect women as offenders/lawbreakers, victims and criminal justice professionals. Such scholarship is also underpinned by feminist theory and politics and seeks to document and challenge gendered inequality, especially in relation to criminal justice institutions. The network exists to support scholarship on women, crime and criminal justice, and to foster research of the highest standard. In addition to promoting scholarship on women, crime and criminal justice, the network also aims to support women as criminological scholars.
The specific aims of the network are:
- To foster research and scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of women, crime and criminal justice, nationally and internationally.
- To promote scholarship on women, crime and criminal justice within the network, the British Society of Criminology and in public debate.
- To engage policy makers and practitioners to ensure that cutting edge research can inform decision-making and practice within government and non-governmental organisations.
- To support the career development of its members, cognisant that challenges faced by women are also cross cut with other social inequalities (for example, ethnicity, sexuality, and age).
The winner of the WCCJN Paper Prize 2020 is Dr Alexandra Fanghanel:
A (blended and edited, to avoid repetition) synopsis of the reviewers’ comments are:
This is a really interesting article on a significantly under-researched area, which ably synthesises a range of literature in providing the broader context for the investigation. Fanghanel evaluates the concepts of consent, trust and risk – and the critical grey area in between – in relation to BDSM practices through her case study of 40 kinkers. Drawing on interviews conducted with a diverse sample of participants, the paper does a really good job of adding complexity to an otherwise well-established body of work on ‘consent’. Her findings, written with a detailed level of analysis and commentary, reveal the tensions between negotiating ‘consent violators’ and nurturing an important sense of community ethic. Ultimately, Fanghanel asks us to consider the concept of consent using a more nuanced lens. It is a really well written piece of work.
April 15, 2020 London
Gendering Green Criminology was to be a one-day conference to bring together feminist and green criminologists to consider how the two areas of critical criminology can develop research ideas and networks to advance understanding of the interactions between gender and environmental, non-human animal, and wildlife crimes and harms. The event will hopefully be rescheduled at a future date.
This conference is one of three collaborative events focused on gender and green criminology hosted by the BSC Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network, BSC Green Criminology Network, and European Green Criminology Network. The other events are co-sponsored panels at the following annual conferences:
- Gender and Green Criminology, British Society of Criminology, 8-10 July 2020, Liverpool UK.
- Environmental Crime and Gender, European Society of Criminology, 8-9 September 2020, Bucharest, Romania.
Call for Papers – The BSC Green Criminology Network and BSC Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network are co-sponsoring panels for the upcoming BSC Annual conference in Liverpool, UK (8th -10th July 2020).
If you are interested in presenting a paper at the BSC that fits within the broad themes of gender and environmental, non-human animal, and wildlife crimes and harms then please contact Dr James Heydon email@example.com and Dr Emma Milne firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13th.
Future events are announced in the BSC bi-monthly bulletin.
April 12, 2019
Inspired by burgeoning developments in creative and innovative methodologies in criminology, the third annual WCCJN ‘Critical Conversations on Criminology and Gender’ event explored contemporary and innovative ways of doing and communicating criminological research via visual methods, arts and documents and the positioning of the researcher therein.
Since its inception, researching women in criminology has demanded careful and critical attention to issues of power and politics. This event continued this critical tradition by tackling questions such as: how can we make research that is meaningful? How can research representations contest marginalisation, stigmatisation and injustice? How can innovative and creative approaches to research help us better capture intransigent concepts like justice or harm?
See website for further details
Download pdf of flyer here
BSC Conference, July 2018
The WCCJ Network prize was awarded to Wendy Fitzgibbon and Camille Stengel for their paper:
Fitzgibbon, W., & Stengel, C. M. (2018). Women’s voices made visible: Photovoice in visual criminology. Punishment & Society, 20(4), 411–431.
May 1, 2018
BSC Postgraduate Committee in association with BSC Women Crime and Criminal Justice Network, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 from 11:00 to 17:00 (BST), London, United Kingdom
April 30, 2018
This one day conference on ‘Women as Victim-Offenders: Negotiating the Paradox’ was part of our Critical Conversations in Criminology and Gender series.
This conference provided a space for academics and practitioners working with women offenders to discuss and negotiate the paradox of victimization and offending. This was a free event and was open to both members and non-members of the WCCJN.
BSC Conference, July 2017
Chamberlen, A. (2016). Embodying prison pain: Women’s experiences of self-injury in prison and the emotions of punishment. Theoretical Criminology, 20(2), 205–219.
Members only event
Joining and staying in touch
Membership of the network is open to anyone interested in making women visible in the criminal justice system and within the discipline of Criminology.
We have a website, please give us a visit – https://wccjn.wordpress.com/
The WCCJ JISCmail list provides information about forthcoming events and facilitates discussion amongst Network members.
Contact the Network
Marian Duggan – M.C.Duggan@kent.ac.uk
Websites of interest
Voices of Feminism (US-based site) – http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/vof/vof-intro.html
The Women’s Room – http://thewomensroom.org.uk/
Feministing – http://feministing.com/
LeanIn – http://leanin.org/