In March 2017, a group of professors from the Department of Criminology, along with other social scientists and socio-legal scholars across the University of Ottawa, met to discuss the creation of the Carceral Studies Research Collective (CSRC). Initially, the collective will consolidate and further develop research expertise across our institution, facilitating debates, synthesis and the transfer of knowledge between professors at all ranks, students of all levels and community stakeholders to:
1) document shifts and continuities in carceral power and violence;
2) contribute to the development of analytical and strategic tools to help dismantle exclusionary structures; and
3) build alternatives that contribute to the work of existing public policy initiatives and social movements that foster inclusive conflict resolution and social justice in communities, both locally and beyond.
This week, the Faculty of Social Sciences announced that it would be funding the initiative for three years through its study and research laboratories program. The CSRC will officially launch this fall. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, staff member, or professor who is interested in getting involved and/or learning more about this University of Ottawa based research collective, please contact Justin Piché (Associate Professor) at justin.piche@uOttawa.