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UWinnipeg to host Consuming Justice Conference from May 11-13

Head shot of Dr. Katharina Maier in front of lime stone.

For the first time in two years, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies (CIJS) at The University of Winnipeg, along with the Department of Criminal Justice and Centre for Access to Information and Justice (CAIJ), is returning in-person for their annual justice-series conference.

I think people working for community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, and even government may be quite interested in the presentations and keynote speakers.

Dr. Katharina Maier

Consuming Justice: Law, Crime, Justice, and Consumption is taking place May 11-13 at UWinnipeg, in conjunction with the 11th National Conference on Critical Perspectives in Criminology and Social Justice.

Over the course of three days, Consuming Justice will offer a venue for scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and beyond to critically examine how issues of crime, law, and justice intersect with consumption and how justice itself is consumed through media, popular culture, and through research and collective action within and beyond the academy.

“We were interested in Consuming Justice as the theme for different reasons,” said Dr. Katharina Maier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. “One being the interdisciplinary nature of the theme, which aligns closely with our department, but also other social sciences such as environmental justice, green justice, food security, human rights, and more.” 

International gathering

Speakers will be coming from across the world for this conference.

Maier says it will be a great opportunity to show academics not only what UWinnipeg is all about, but also the City of Winnipeg.

“Many of the participants have never been to Winnipeg,” she said. “I know they’re quite excited to see both campus and the city. We typically make a point to take people around town.”

And by drawing internationally renowned scholars, Maier says this conference is a must-attend for many local organizations.

“I think people working for community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, and even government may be quite interested in the presentations and keynote speakers,” she said. “We have a very wide variety of scholars from different disciplines, which is exciting for us and exciting for the participants.”

Meet the featured speakers:

Wednesday, May 11

Lenore Newman, Director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley, presents Sustainability for Some: Social Justice and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Food Sector from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.


Thursday, May 12

Fionna Martin, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University, presents Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Child Protection, Silence, and Treatment from 8:30 – 9:15 am.

Fergus McNeil, Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow, presents Consuming or Creating Re/integration: Toward ‘Generative Justice from 10:45 – 11:30 am.

Kate Bedford, Head of Research at Birmingham Law School, presents Essential Consumption, Law, and the Moral Economy: Lessons from COVID-era Gambling Regulation from 2:00 – 2:45 pm.


Friday, May 13

Brendan Coolsaet, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the European School of Political and Social Sciences, presents Faim du monde, fin du mois: pour une justice agro-alimentaire from 9:45 – 10:30 am.

Amy Fitzgerald, Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at the University of Windsor and Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, presents Prison Farm Programs and Intersecting Harms Against Prisoners, Animals, and the Environment from 12:45 – 1:30 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. All participants must register prior to the conference and follow UWinnipeg’s COVID-19 regulations.

To learn more about Consuming Justice and/or register for the conference, visit the CIJS website.