Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice Not Criminal Justice - International Conference on Penal Abolition 2018

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In summer 2018, the Department of Criminology will co-host 'Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice Not Criminal Justice', the International Conference on Penal Abolition 2018, an international gathering of those working for social justice in place of criminal justice.

Over four days there will be opportunities to organise and participate in activities and workshops that seek to build and strengthen local and international movements for social justice and penal abolition. We invite communities and organisers to come together to strategise and debate, exchange ideas and build stronger relationships.

The conference will open with a public forum featuring local and international speakers on the Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to workshops, presentations, films screenings, artwork and other contributions. Monday will host a symposium for academic papers focused on what academics can do to support movement building.

Friday 15 June: 59pm

Saturday 16 June: 9:306pm plus an evening social event offsite

Sunday 17 June: 10:306pm, plus a film in the evening until 9pm

Monday 18 June: 9am5pm

Specific details of the conference will be confirmed closer to the event.

The conference is organised as part of the longstanding International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA). In 2018 ICOPA will be hosted in association with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and the Harm and Evidence Research Collective at The Open University.

We are working in partnership with organisations, campaign groups and grassroots networks including; Action for Trans Health, Bent Bars Project, Black Lives Matter UK, Empty Cages Collective, INQUEST, JENGbA, London Campaign Against Police and State Violence, Netpol, North London Sisters Uncut, Race and Class Collective, Reclaim Holloway, Reclaim Justice Network, Smash IPP! and StopWatch.

Further details of the conference, including the call for contributions can be found here.

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