The Southernizing of Law and Justice: Reflections on a journey

The Southernizing of Law and Justice: Reflections on a journey

The global organisation of knowledge privileges research about law and justice with a selective focus on the Anglophone centres of the Global North. These knowledges are universalised as timeless and placeness, yet they not. The Southernizing project challenges this universalist way of thinking and the epistemic injustice that underpins it. As a collective project the southernizing of criminology problematizes and resists relations of hierarchy, dependency and subordination between the Global North and South in the production of knowledge in the complex and divergent fields of in law, criminology and justice. The southernizing project links closely to other movements such as border thinking, epistemologies of the south, critical criminology, southern feminist theory, and the work of counter-colonial, post-colonial and de-colonial scholars. The southernizing project is an open-ended journey inclusive of multiple subaltern and peripheral voices including Indigenous, ethnic and gendered voices, that seek to recover the historical violence of colonisation, the gender of coloniality. The journey emancipates scholars from dependence on, and deference to, imported concepts, theories and methods that underpin dominant anglophone social scientific paradigms. This paper reflects on the journey of southernizing law and justice being undertaken around the world often in settings away from the mainstream sites of academic production, while making use of ideas and concepts yet unheeded in traditional places of scholarly debate.

Prof Kerry Carrington is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law and Society University of the Sunshine Coast. She is internationally leading expert in gender violence and its policing and prevention. She has over 140 publications. She is a Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Senior Counsellor of the Asian Criminological Society, and former Vice Chair of the Division of Critical Criminology, American Society of Criminology. She is the founding Co-Chief Editor of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, Pacific Rim Editor of Critical Criminology and International editorial board member of the British Society of Criminology’s flagship journal - Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Feminist Criminology, She's also on the ed boards of Spanish journals in Latin America, including Delio y Sociedad and Novum Jus on the social and criminological impact of mining has led to significant change in the approvals for mining development in Qld. In 2014 Kerry Carrington received the American Society of Criminology, Division of Women and Crime 2103 Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of her contributions to the study and analysis of young women, crime and youth justice which spans 30 years. In 2014 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology (Division of Critical Criminology). In 2011 her co-publication, “Resource Boom Underbelly: The criminological impact of mining” won the 2012 Allen Austin Bartholomew Award for the best publication in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. In 2018 she co-edited the Palgrave Handbook in Criminology and the Global South, a landmark 50 chapter volume, described by Raewyn Connell as revolutionary. She is currently leading two ARC funded projects on preventing gendered violence: lessons from the global south, and improving the policing of gender violence in the Pacific. This is part of a larger project on Southern Criminology.


3:30-4:00: Afternoon Tea in the RSSS Building Foyer

4:00-5:30pm: Lecture by Professor Kerry Carrington

Building 146, RSSS, Room 1.23, Lectorial Room 2


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Thu 27 Oct 2022, 3.30–5.30pm


RSSS Building 146 Ellery Cres Acton, Lectorial 2


Professor Kerry Carrington


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