Friday, 28 March 2008

ICOPA XII: Creating a Scandal: Final Call for Papers

Creating a scandal – prison abolition and the policy agenda 23, 24 & 25 July 2008, Kings College, London

Announcement and final call for papers

The Howard League for Penal Reform is organising and hosting the above international conference to develop the case for the abolition of prison and to rethink penal policy. The conference will discuss and hear about the impact of the penal system on our communities and provide suggestions for new and alternative approaches. It will look at custody and community interventions as alternatives to imprisonment; prisons and the politics of poverty; the role of the media and public opinion; and the role of privatisation and capitalism in penal policy today.

The Howard League for Penal Reform invites you to present a paper at this three day conference to be held at Kings College, London. We are looking for contributions from all sections of the criminal justice system especially academics and practitioners. Papers should be based on current or recent research and good practice.

This well established conference will give you an opportunity for career development, presentation of academic research to your peers and allows you to publicise good practice offered by your service.

Conference themes
Authors are invited to submit abstracts on any subject within penal abolition. The following themes are a guide and will be used to structure conference sessions:
· Creating a scandal - prison abolition and the policy agenda
· Prison and the politics of poverty
· The role of privatisation and capitalism in penal policy
· Penal abolition, the media and the public
· Deaths in custody
· Community interventions as alternatives to imprisonment
· Violence and the state
· Racism, crime and justice
· Gender, crime and justice
· Youth crime and youth justice
· Constructive approaches to crime

The closing date for the applications is 11 April 2008.

The conference will host international speakers dealing with the ancillary, fiscal and human costs of crime and punishment in the 21st century and will look at other possibilities and approaches outside of a failing crime control agenda. The conference will be aimed at an international audience of practitioners, policy makers, penal reformers, NGOs, academics and concerned individuals. We want the conference to be forward looking, challenging and positive and offer suggestions for the future.

Previous ICOPA conferences have taken place in 1983 Toronto Canada; 1985 Amsterdam Netherlands; 1987 Montreal Canada; 1989 Poland; 1991 Indiana USA; 1993 Costa Rica; 1995 Spain; 1997 Auckland NZ; 2000 Toronto Canada; 2002 Lagos Nigeria; and 2006 Tasmania Australia.

Guidelines for those wishing to submit papers

Breakout sessions
Papers will be presented at breakout sessions for around 70-100 people and will run for 1 hour 30 minutes. They are intended to be discursive and critical sessions on a particular theme.

What happens after submitting?
If accepted, you will receive further details concerning the conference and any other information required. If rejected, the decision of the committee on the acceptance of a paper is final and The Howard League for Penal Reform is unable to enter into correspondence on the subject.

Publication of papers
Short synopsis of the papers will be available to the conference participants. Full versions of the papers of no more than 3,000 words will be considered for publication on our website and conference report following the conference.

Guidelines for language
Authors should seek to avoid terminology, which may be offensive to minority ethnic groups. Likewise neither male nor female pronouns, whether used consistently or alternately, should stand alone to refer to persons of both sexes; the preferred form where both sexes are named or implied is ‘he or she’, ‘his or hers’ etc.

The references should be listed alphabetically by author’s surname (in lower case). This should be followed by author’s initial(s) (not full forename(s)) and then by the year of publication in parentheses.

Conference fees
All conference participants, whether presenting a paper or not, are expected to pay conference fees. The Howard League for Penal Reform is a registered charity which receives no statutory funding.

Your session
It is imperative that you keep to the time allotted. Each presenter will have approximately 40 minutes, with 20 minutes for presentations and 20 minutes for open discussion.

How to apply
If you are interested in presenting a paper please download a form from the website

Alternatively we can email or post a Word document file on request. Requests for forms and submissions should be sent to:

Hannah McFaull, ICOPA XII Conference
The Howard League for Penal Reform, 1 Ardleigh Road, London N1 4HS
Tel: 020 7249 7373
Fax: 020 7249 7788

The closing date for applications is 11 April 2008.

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