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GLADshop with Matthew Ball LSR 3, 11 July, 1-2pm

(10 July 2012)

Gender & Law at Durham (GLAD) are very pleased to invite you to a lunchtime "GLADshop" with Dr. Matthew Ball. Matthew is a Lecturer at the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, and will be arriving in July as a visiting scholar at the Durham Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities (CSGS). The title of his paper is "Criminological research, criminal justice policies, and non-heterosexual communities: queer critiques and possibilities".

Matthew's research explores issues of justice and injustice for non-heterosexual communities, particularly in the context of intimate partner violence and homophobic and transphobic violence. Matthew has published widely in the fields of queer theory, criminology, and Foucaultian studies, is the co-editor of Queering Paradigms II: Interrogating Agendas (2011, Peter Lang) and Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy: International Perspectives (forthcoming, Palgrave MacMillan), and the co-author of Justice in Society (forthcoming, Federation Press).

The event is an informal opportunity to learn more about Matthew's research and for Matthew to meet scholars working in the Law School and the CSGS.

Abstract

"Criminological research, criminal justice policies, and non-heterosexual communities: queer critiques and possibilities"

There is a growing body of research exploring the interactions between non-heterosexual communities and the criminal justice system. A variety of critical and other criminologists are at least attempting to include non-heterosexual people in their research, and give consideration to the impact of these interactions on them. However, while many such scholars seek greater inclusivity, it remains the case that non-heterosexual communities (primarily gay and lesbian communities) are often simply 'added' to studies and debates in the field of criminology and criminal justice studies, without a greater consideration of what the effects of this inclusion might be, and no clear reflection on whether such research might proceed differently.

Drawing on insights from queer theory and governmentality studies, this presentation will outline ongoing research into these debates and highlight connections between these disciplines and investigations. Focusing in particular on two examples - intimate partner violence within non-heterosexual communities, and GLBTI police liaison officer programs - it will explore how queer theory can contribute to criminological debates and allow for a reconsideration of the way we approach research in this area.

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