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CFP: Carolina Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Nickie Phillips

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Gender, Sexuality, and Place in South Carolina.” We invite paper and presentation proposals that use the theories and methods of sociology to reimagine the significance of gender, sexuality and place in the Palmetto State, with a particular focus on the intersections with other systems of stratification (such as class and race).

As one of the most conservative states in the country, South Carolina has a long and complicated relationship with issues of sex and gender. For 18 consecutive years, South Carolina has lead the nation in terms of deadly violence against women. It ranks 47th in the country in terms of percentage of women in its state legislature. Gender segregated relationships define much of social life across South Carolina. The “good ol’ boys” network is alive and well, and the ideal of the Southern Belle – charming, deferential, and self-sacrificing, is still held up (ideologically, if not always practically) as a model of hegemonic feminity. While much of the state has resigned itself to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, homophobia and disturbing patterns of hegemonic masculinity (revolving around guns, alcohol and sports) may be found at work, home and in the community.

For more information on the conference and details about submissions, go here.

Murder: Moral Panic, Mythos, Modernity, Call for Presentations

Nickie Phillips

Moral Panic, Mythos, Modernity

Part of The Violence Project

Saturday 1st August – Monday 3rd August 2015

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Murder is the ultimate taboo, an assault not just on an unlucky individual but on the very fabric of society.…This inter-disciplinary meeting seeks to investigate the subject – and perpetrators – of murder in their various guises. We invite participants to explore the subject and perpetrators of murder from the full range of disciplinary and professional perspectives. The conference aims to generate an inclusive dialogue involving researchers, artists, clinicians, social workers, representatives from the voluntary sector, legal professionals, individuals whose lives have been impacted by murder and others with an interest in the field.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Defining and Conceptualising Murder:
Legislative provisions for defining and punishing murder (including international law)
– Murder and the legal process (including defences and punishment)
– Cross-cultural perspectives
– Impact of historical and cultural change on the understanding of murder
– Philosophical perspectives – de Sade, Nietsche, Brady, etc.
– Religious conceptions of murder and death
– Penalties for murder – capital punishment vs. life imprisonment, whole life tariffs, ‘Right to Die’ and ‘Right to Life’, etc.
– Impact of race, gender, sexuality and class on the way murder is understood and punished
– Defences/justifications of murder
– Limits on the definition of murder: animals, mercy-killing, etc.
– Community responses to murder

Special Categories of Murder:
War crimes and genocide
– School shootings, spree killing, thrill killing, mass murder, Craigslist murders
– Serial killers (including ‘Celebrity’ serial killers; serial killing as vocation or career choice)
– Family murders – matricide, patricide, filicide, infanticide
– Ideological murder: political assassinations, honour killing, martyrdom, freedom fighters, etc.

Murder and Psychology:   
– Factors that lead people to commit murder
– Mental fitness of perpetrators– PTSD, psychopathy, schizophrenia, The M’Naghton Rule, etc.
– Copy-cat killing
– Grief/coming to terms with murder; healing community scars

Murder and Technology:
Technologies that facilitate murder
– Technologies that facilitate the detection and punishment of murderers
– Forensic awareness and the ‘CSI effect’

Murder and the Media:
Reporting/representing murder – factual accounts, fiction, and fact-based fiction
– Perpetrator vs. victim – narratological framing, empathy, and the creation of news agendas, etc.
– Murder as entertainment: documentaries/true crime, fiction/TV/film, snuff
– The aesthetics of murder

Economics of Murder:
The cultural capital of murder
– Dark tourism, Ripperology, etc.

For more information on submission requirements and deadline click here.

Graphic Justice Symposium 2013, London

Nickie Phillips

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Graphic Justice: a one-day symposium on the intersection of comics and graphic fiction with the concerns of law and justice, to be held at St Mary’s University College, London on 11 September 2013.

With Anglophone comics, Francophone bandes dessinées, and Japanese manga, graphic fiction represents an expanding dimension of today’s global popular culture and is a richly innovative form of expression.

From the overt law and order focus of many mainstream superhero narratives and comics-inspired blockbuster movies, to the more nuanced examinations of the human condition in less mainstream graphic works; from copyright to the freedom of expression; from the blurring of text and image in the very medium itself to representations of law, justice, and legal systems on the surface of its pages: comics and graphic fiction are rife with themes relevant to law and justice.

Comics have been receiving an increased level of academic attention in recent years, with dedicated journals and conferences springing up around the world. Yet the significance of comics with respect to the concerns of law and justice has received little critical attention. As a development of existing disciplinary fields such as law and popular culture, law and literature, and legal aesthetics, graphic justice is a research alliance aimed at increasing engagement with this under-explored disciplinary crossover.

Go here

for more information.

Prison Photography Chapter Meeting ASC Chicago, November 15

Nickie Phillips

The Institute for Peace & Justice at St. Francis College will house the new National Center for the Study of Prison Photography. Join us Thursday, November 15 at 10:00-11:30, Exhibit Hall.

The U.S. prison system may be the largest photography “system” in America: virtually every prison in America allows prisoner created photographic portraits, taken by prisoners, of prisoners and featuring prisoner created photographic backdrops. The resulting portraits are the preferred method prisoners have for communicating with families and friends, and may number in the millions.

Composed of a multidisciplinary team of scholars from the fields of sociology, criminology, art theory, and economics, as well as practitioners from several state corrections departments and a prisoner rights group, the Center is the first of its kind for the study of this vast, but mostly unknown, photography system.

The activities of the Center include a fast growing archive of original prisoner portraits along with original painted backdrops which have been donated by some of our correctional partners. Other activities include scholarly meetings and panels as well as lectures by artists with a background in the specialty fields of conceptual photography and social practice interventions. Much of the activities of the center are not open to the media and are restricted to scholars and researchers.

However, the Center, along with St. Francis College’s Center for Crime & Popular Culture, will be hosting its first ever public chapter meeting at the upcoming American Society for Criminology (ASC) conference in Chicago in November 2012. We will present some of our archive and research. We are interested in collaborating with scholars from many fields, and hope to forge research partnerships at the ASC.

Look for us at ASC on Thursday November 15 at 10:00-11:30, Exhibit Hall.

The Center has already elicited media coverage in the following publications:

Clocktower Gallery

Int'l Crime, Media, and Popular Culture Studies Conference 2011

Nickie Phillips

Dr. Frank Wilson is a professor at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, the editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, and a member of the CrimCast Board of Directors.  He is also the founding chair of the International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies conference.  In this podcast he discusses the upcoming conference on September 26-28, 2011, in Terre Haute.  He describes the important role the conference plays in supporting and showcasing interdisciplinary work on crime and media.




International Crime, Media and Popular Culture Studies Conference

Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture

Featured Speakers:

Gregg Barak, Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University

“Newsmaking Criminology, Policy Making, and Popular Culture: Reflections from the Margins"

Meda Chesney-Lind, Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Girls Gone Wild: Media Misogyny and the Bad Girl Hype"

Peter K. Manning, Ph.D. Northeastern University

"The Drama of Policing: Modern Modes of Media Amplification"

Gary Potter, Ph.D. Eastern Kentucky University

"Constructing Crime in an Era of Globalization"

Raymond Surette, Ph.D. University of Central Florida

"New Media and Copycat Crime Among Offenders

Kenneth Tunnell, Ph.D.

Eastern Kentucky University


Terry Cox, Ph.D.

Eastern Kentucky University


Eddy Green

Eastern Kentucky University

“Scholarship, Songwriting and Social Justice: A Performance and Discussion”