2018 Abstract Submission

The Call for Abstracts is now closed

Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Conference Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 31st Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference being held at the University of Melbourne 4 – 7 December.

The theme of the 2018 Conference is ‘ENCOUNTERING CRIME: DOING JUSTICE’.

The program will include a wide range of plenary sessions, round-tables and panels.

We will also be including a number of collaborative conversations between researchers, policy makers, civil society and practitioners in the program. These sessions will have a slightly shorter time allocated to the papers themselves to allow the panel to discuss how the work presented in the panel allows for cross-fertilisation of academic and practitioner ideas, research and insights.

If you are interested in your paper or your pre-organised panel being considered as part of these, do tick the box as you go through the submission process. The chair of these panels will contact you beforehand and provide contact details for each member on the panel to allow the conversation and the ideas to flow!

Whilst we welcome submissions discussing all areas of criminology, contributions which address the conference theme will be looked upon favourably by the committee.

We look forward to receiving your submission and the possibility of seeing you at the conference in Melbourne.


Professor Fiona Haines and Dr Diana Johns,
on behalf of the 2018 ANZSOC Conference Committee

Below you will find useful information for you when you are submitting your paper, panel or roundtable.

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Conference Streams (Optional)

Please click on the streams listed below for more information.

You will have the opportunity to nominate a stream most suitable to your presentation when submitting your abstract online. If you are unsure or do not wish to nominate a stream when submitting please select “Other” in the online submission portal.

Increasingly punitive techniques are being used by states to resist global migration pressures.  This penal turn and the externalisation of responsibility for migration accompanying it, is transforming the border, and reshaping relations between sovereign states. It is also facilitating a shift towards a criminal justice model in migration policy and law, but without many of the protections of this model. These trends raise empirical and theoretical concerns for criminologists.  This panel/stream invites papers which will consider these concerns, including:  theorising the border as a carceral space; border surveillance; people smuggling; experiences of detention; internal borders; cross-border mobility; deportations; extra territorial control; immigration detention; offshore processing and the blurring of crime and migration (crimmigration).

The spatial aspects of crime have long been of interest to criminology. In criminal justice policymaking, responding to crime as an aspect of urban life is now viewed as an urgent challenge. Recent developments in criminological theory have argued for an expanded definition of ‘space’ and an attentiveness to the wide diversity of places in which crimes may take place. The complexity of crime’s spatial dimensions has led to in the emergence of spatial criminology as a paradigm of criminological thinking. This stream invites panels and papers on spaces of crime, from crime scenes in public places, through the regulation of conduct in public places, to the mapping of variations in crime rates as a feature of urban liveability indices.

This stream will concern research that examines intersections between crime and criminal justice on the one hand, and digital technologies on the other. As a field of scholarship, digital criminology is concerned with a range of issues that include, but are not limited to cybercrime. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and drawing insights from the social and computational disciplines, scholars working within the field have examined issues including, digital forensics, online justice-seeking, algorithmic surveillance, pre-crime, and the impact of Big Data on criminology and criminal justice. Papers, panels and round-tables on these and other intersections between crime, justice and digital technology will fit within this stream.

This stream will consider how punishment extends within and beyond carceral spaces, penal institutions and terms of imprisonment. Extended forms of punishment may be conceptualised along a continuum of temporality, legitimacy and depth of harm. In engaging with these different dimensions we might consider, for example, the use and experience of: community-based sentences and combined orders; solitary confinement, overcrowding and violence; prison management strategies, isolation and clustering; post-sentence detention and supervision, indefinite detention, and experiences of social, economic and civic exclusion. Papers, panels and round-tables on these and other forms of extreme or everyday punishment will fit within this stream.

As the role of the state has changed in regulating what people trade, exchange and put into their bodies, so too the focus of criminology has moved from morphine to alcohol, cocaine, tobacco and most recently cannabis.  Policing the consumption of dangerous consumables poses many challenges. Recent changes in the legal status of cannabis and the growth of supervised injecting facilities suggests we are reaching a tipping point in criminological thinking about how best to police dangerous consumables. This stream invites panels and papers on a wide range of topics: from alcohol, methamphetamine, and managing changes in codeine regulation through to new approaches to drug diversion. This stream will map the complexities, challenges and future of policing dangerous consumption.

This stream will include papers dedicated to the broad area of sentencing. Many of the papers will be those from academics and practitioners who are part of the recently established National Sentencing Network. However, papers from authors not part of the Network are also welcome.

What can and does justice mean in the face of enduring conflict, structural injustice and historical violence? What forms might justice take – is it a process, an end goal, an everyday practice, an institutional framework? What is its character – legal, social, structural, symbolic? Who is, and who should be, involved? This stream focuses on state and other systemic harm and official, communal and individual engagements with questions of justice. It is attentive to both discourse and practice, providing space to consider how experiences of violence and suffering are both apprehended and responded to. Papers speaking to these themes in any capacity are welcomed – a key aim of the stream is to break down traditional divisions between the international and the local, the structural and the individual, the conflictual and the non-conflictual, the colonial and the postcolonial. We also welcome papers from practitioners, activists and community organisations, as well as those working within academia, and papers that consider the meeting points between them.

This stream is convened by the Global Network on Justice. Conflict. Responsibility.

What Tim Rowse calls ‘the ongoing colonial encounter called Australia’ has produced many brutal consequences for Indigenous people, and most of these have been perpetrated and perpetuated using the law, most significantly, the criminal justice system. Massively disproportionate rates of incarceration for Indigenous people are only one of these themes. In this stream we consider the multiple and repeated consequences of invasion that continue to be experienced by and have been experienced and inflicted upon Indigenous people. We encourage work that speaks to incarceration but also modes of policing, practices of torture, humiliation and disenfranchisement that have a long history and also a very recent past. We also encourage work that considers mechanisms that address the ‘unfinished business of justice’ including for example discussions of sovereignty, treaty, the resistance practices of Indigenous people as well as the role of criminology as a discipline.

The encounters experienced by victims of violence manifest in diverse and complex ways: from encounters with perpetrators, criminal justice agencies which adjudicate victimization and guilt, as well as victims’ own psychological reactions to their experiences of crime. Victims are often regarded as the impetus for justice initiatives, both domestically and internationally. Their needs can become drivers of policy, practice and further attention by criminal justice institutions. In this stream we encourage papers presenting work on the emotional, psychological and structural experience of criminal justice systems, including on victims of violence by institutions (encompassing state institutions), individuals or other actors who might not always be readily identified. We encourage work which problematizes categories of victims, including the ‘hierarchy of victims’ and asks the question as to ‘who counts as victim?’. We also encourage an exploration of the ways in which the victim/perpetrator binary is commonly understood.

In this stream, we invite papers and panel discussions that engage with the ways in which young people are portrayed, represented, responded to as victims of and/or ‘responsible for’ crime and violence – as well as ways these victim-offender binaries can be teased apart and understood differently. This stream will focus on childhood and youth as sites of intervention, control, hope, potential, and emergence into adulthood. Issues to do with young people’s contact with the law, involvement in justice processes, and trajectories of offending and desistance will all be of interest. We would particularly welcome people with youth-focused practice and/or lived experience of youth justice involvement to participate in presentations and discussions within this stream.

Conference Keywords

You will be asked to nominate 3 keywords most suitable to your presentation when submitting your abstract online.

  • Alternative and innovative approaches to justice
  • Border policing and migration
  • Corporate and white collar crime
  • Corrections, prisons and penology
  • Courts and sentencing
  • Crime and the media
  • Crime prevention
  • Cybercrime and digital criminology
  • Desistance from crime
  • Ethics
  • Family violence
  • Gender and justice
  • Green/environmental criminology
  • Indigenous justice
  • Institutional abuses
  • Policing, security and intelligence
  • Queer criminology
  • Race
  • Sexual violence
  • Southern criminology
  • Sovereignty
  • Teaching criminology
  • Terrorism and radicalisation
  • Victimology
  • Vulnerable people and human rights
  • Young people and crime
  • Other (please specify)

Presentation Formats

Authors are invited to submit abstracts for a single paper, for a complete panel or roundtable style session.

Important note: To ensure variety in the program and to allow the audience to hear from a broad cross section of presenters, authors may be limited to the delivery of one oral paper presentation at the conference (not including contribution to a Roundtable). While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

Oral Presentation (Single Paper)

It is anticipated oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation, including 3 minutes for question time.

Presentations are intended for individuals to discuss work that has been completed or where substantial progress has been made.

Importantly, presentations about work that has yet to begin or is only in the formative stage are not appropriate here and may be more suitable for a roundtable session (see below).

Abstracts will be assigned to a panel with two or three other papers sharing a common theme or purpose (to the extent that this is possible).

Panel Session

Participants are welcome to propose a full panel session and we encourage panel submissions organised by individuals and other working groups.

Panel sessions should have a minimum of 4 and maximum of 5 presentations of 20 minute duration each.

(NOTE: We will consider strong proposals for panels of only three people if they fit into the ‘collaborative conversations’ category, i.e. if they include practitioners or other non-academic presenters. Please email your proposal for our consideration, to Professor Fiona Haines: f.haines@unimelb.edu.au)


Roundtables should have a theme of critical interest to researchers and practitioners in Criminology. The purpose is to critically analyse a particular concern from diverse perspectives.

These sessions are generally less formal than panel sessions, and typically do not involve the presentation of visual material.

How to Submit

Abstracts are due by Friday 29 June 2018 and must be submitted electronically through the submission portal.

Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions by Friday 17 August 2018.

Oral Presentation (Single paper) submissions

For single paper submissions you will be required to enter:

  • The title of your abstract and presentation type
  • Select a stream (optional)
    • There are a number of organising streams which aim to develop critical linkages between criminological work. If you do not select a stream, we will endeavour to create thematically coherent panels based on your keywords and abstract.
  • Up to 3 keywords most suitable to your abstract
  • Authors’ names (indicate presenting author), affiliations, and biography (up to 100 words – presenting author/s only).
  • Abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • Indicate preference for collaborative conversation style panel (optional)

Panel submissions

For panel submissions you will be required to enter:

  • The title of your panel session and presentation type
  • Select a stream (optional)
  • Up to 3 keywords most suitable for the panel
  • Authors’ names (indicate presenting author), affiliations, and biography (up to 100 words – presenting author/s only).
  • The title & abstract for each paper (minimum of 4, maximum 250 words each)
  • 100 word description of the theme of the panel
  • Indicate if panel will take the form of a collaborative conversation – i.e. presenters are from a combination of academic, practitioner and civil society perspective (optional).

Roundtable submissions

For roundtable presentations you will be required to enter:

  • The title of the roundtable and presentation type
  • Select a stream (optional)
  • Up to 3 keywords
  • Participants’ names, affiliations, and biography (up to 100 words) (Minimum of 5 participants including the chair)
  • A 250 word description of the theme of the roundtable
  • Indicate if roundtable will take the form of a collaborative conversation – i.e. participants are from a combination of academic, practitioner and civil society perspective (optional).
The organisers reserve the right to combine sessions or
add speakers where withdrawals by presenters leave only two in a session.

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

At the time of the Conference


  • Session Chair Guidelines
  • Presenter Guidelines

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Presentation Files

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the meeting on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.

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