Deakin Criminology at ANZSOC 2014

Several members of the Deakin Criminology team are in Sydney this week to present at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Conference 2014. The conference, hosted by University of Sydney, runs from Wednesday 1st October to Friday 3rd October and has the theme of ‘Testing the Edges: Challenging Criminology’.

At the conference on Wednesday Associate Professor Darren Palmer, Dr Ian Warren and Dr Adam Molnar will present on ‘Criminology and Surveillance Studies: Intersections, Overlap and Tensions’. The paper explores the intersections, overlap, and tensions between criminological approaches to surveillance and the broader surveillance studies literature. This relationship is explored using a series of case studies that consider the use of surveillance specific technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or drones) by public and private authorities, as well as other developments in the areas environmental regulation and the intelligence community.

In a parallel session on Wednesday, Dr Ian Warren will present another paper co-authored with Associate Professor Darren Palmer. The paper, ‘Towards a critical comparative criminology through narratives of cross-national prosecutions’ presents two in-depth case studies highlighting why there is a need for contextual accounts of cross-national prosecutions involving Australians in offshore justice systems, and foreign-nationals within Australia.

Also on Wednesday, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon will present ‘Child perpetrated homicide in Victoria: A 10 year case analysis’. Kate’s paper explores the findings of research examining the perpetration of lethal violence by child offenders in Victoria between 2003 and 2012. It provides insight into the contexts within which child perpetrate homicides occurred during this period and also explores the importance of cultures of masculinity and violence, the contributing role of alcohol alongside the dangerous consequences of unprovoked violence.

On Thursday the Deakin presence at ANZSOC continues with presentations from Ruth Liston and Dr Chad Whelan. Ruth Liston will present ‘Care or Control?: A historical reconsideration of volunteers in juvenile probation’. Drawing on previously unpublished primary sources, the paper examines the use of Honorary Probation Officers (HPOs) in Victoria prior to the shift to a professional workforce (now Community Corrections Officers). In examine the role of HPOs, Ruth’s paper traces the history of probation in Victoria as a means of understanding the evolution of Victoria’s contemporary justice system and the role of the community-based volunteer within it.

Dr Chad Whelan’s paper, ‘Networks, Culture and Trust: Interpersonal and inter-organisational dynamics of security networks’ is based on a qualitative study of organisational networks in the field of national security in Australia. Using interview data from members of security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, Chad’s paper argues that security networks can have their own cultures rather than simply being characterised as having diverse organisational cultures and sub-cultures.

On Friday, Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon will lead a panel on ‘Responses to “One-Punch” Homicide’. The panel brings together a range of Australian academics currently undertaking research in this area to critically examine the social, cultural and legal issues that have arisen in debates surrounding responses to one-punch homicides. The range of papers to be presented as part of the panel will contribute valuable insight into an issue that continues to animate community concern and present policy dilemmas across Australian jurisdictions.

To read more about the research currently being undertaken by members of the Deakin criminology team, visit our Research Page.

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