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Conference explores digitizing justice in an online world

Drs. Kelly Gorkoff, Katharina Maier, Steven Kohm and Kevin Walby. ©UWinnipeg

Experts on the digitization of justice are gathering at The University of Winnipeg from May 15 – 17 for three days of free, public lectures as part of the conference Digitizing Justice: Law, Crime and Order in an Online World.

The conference, which is organized collaboratively by UWinnipeg’s Department of Criminal Justice and The Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies (CIJS), brings together leading and emerging scholars, practitioners, and community members to examine how justice intersects with social, economic, cultural, and political life online. 

Three days of free, inclusive presentations and panels

Researchers, students, and practitioners from across Canada and the U.S. will be attending this year’s conference, but it is also open 

to anyone interested in learning how the digital world is reshaping not just crime and control, but also the field interdisciplinary justice studies and other disciplines.

“Digitizing Justice will showcase work from scholars of many disciplinary backgrounds, including criminal justice, sociology, biology, and journalism,” said Assistant Professor Dr. Katharina Maier, Department of Criminal Justice. “Anyone with an interest in taking part in a scholarly exchange about digital and online control, lawbreaking, and forms of life is welcome to attend.” 

Conference inspires peer-reviewed journal

Each year, a series of thematic conference papers are published in The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research (IJR), a double-blind peer-review journal analyzing law, justice, and related disciplines. Volume 9: Digitizing Justice will publish in spring 2020, while last year’s conference topic is explored in IJR Volume 8: Accessing Justice. All past editions are available to read, download, copy, distribute, and print at no charge.  

Schedule of featured speakers

In addition to a variety of thematic sessions and panels on justice, crime , and digitization, UWinnipeg is welcoming a series of distinguished speakers to share their expertise with participants. 

Wednesday, May 15, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

7:00 p.m.

Digitization and Access to Justice: What do Privacy and Equality Have to do with Them?
Jane Bailey, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

Thursday, May 16, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

9:45 a.m.

Digital Punishment Through Online Criminal Records in the U.S.
Sarah Lageson, Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

12:45 p.m.

In Defence of Offence: Sex Robots, Deepfakes, and the Regulation of Fantasy in the Digital Age
Lara Karaian,  Associate Professor, Carleton University

3:00 p.m.

Infinite Scroll: Awakening the Dead Zones of the Imagination in an Age of Digitized Justice
Max Haiven, Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair, Lakehead University

Friday, May 17, Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall

8:30 a.m.

Digital Methods Demonstration (Mai will provide an overview of Netlytic – a social media software.)
Philip Mai, Co-Director, Ryerson Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management

Friday, May 17, free, public lectures, Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

9:45 a.m.

Race, Deviance, and Digital Injustice
Kishonna Gray, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

12:30 p.m.

Sensing, Assessing and Digitizing Dangerousness: Risk Devices and the Realities they Create
Robert Werth, Senior Lecturer, Rice University

2:45 p.m.

Digital Citizenship and the Birth of Evidentiary Activism: On Gender-Based Online Violence and Struggles for Justice
Fuyuki Kurasawa, Associate Professor, York University

The full conference program is available online on the Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies website. For more information, contact Dr. Katharina Maier. 

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