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International Invited Speakers

Professor Jeff Ferrell

Texas Christian University, USA
Visiting Professor of Criminology, University of Kent, UK

Jeff Ferrell is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK.

He is the author of the books Crimes of StyleTearing Down the StreetsEmpire of Scrounge, and, with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology

Associate Professor Michelle Brown

University of Tennessee, USA

Michelle Brown is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, USA.

Her research and teaching areas include: Critical Carceral Studies/Sociology of Punishment; Feminist Perspectives; Law & Society; Theory, Culture & Media; Transformative and Social Justice; Visual Criminology.

Her recent works include: The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture (in press, 2018, Senior Ed), and Michelle Brown and Eamonn Carrabine (eds.). (2017) The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology.

National Invited Speakers

Emeritus Professor Richard Harding

Law School, University of Western Australia

Richard Harding is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia. At various times he has been Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Foundation Director of the Crime Research Centre at UWA, and a member of trhe Australia Law Reform Commission. He was the inaugural Inspector of Custodial Services in Western Australia (2000-2008).

Since leaving that position he has advised extensively on correction policy and practice, and has been an expert witness in various cases involving prisoner/detainee litigation.

In 2013 he received the Society’s Distinguishewd Criminologist award.

Professor Joseph Pugliese

Research Director, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University

Professor Joseph Pugliese is Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

He has published widely on: colonialism and decolonisation, migration, refugees and asylum seekers, race, ethnicity and whiteness, cultural studies of law, state violence, and bodies and technologies. Selected publications include the monograph Biometrics: Bodies, Technologies, Biopolitics (Routledge, 2010) which was short-listed for the international Surveillance Studies Book Prize.

His monograph State Violence and the Execution of Law: Biopolitical Caesurae of Torture, Black Sites, Drones (Routledge, 2013) was nominated for the UK’s Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize 2013, the US’s Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Prize 2013, was awarded the MQ Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award 2013 and it received High Commendation in the MQ Research Excellence Awards 2014 and 2015.

In recognition of his research on social justice, race, ethnicity and racism, he was nominated for the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, Brandeis University, USA. He is co-founder, with Professor Suvendrini Perera, of Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites.

Wayne Muir

CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)

Wayne is a Yorta Yorta/Barkinji man with extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, justice and community development across the public and community sector.

With qualifications in education, management and criminology, Wayne has been involved with Aboriginal justice and a leader in Indigenous education for over 20 years.


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