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Deadline for abstract submission: 10th September, 2021
In keeping with the remit of the previous series of Workshops (Crime, Criminalisation and Injustice) in 2021, the title of this hybrid convention refers to ‘conflict’ in terms of struggles, divergence, ‘feared’ difference and the resultant consequences inflicted on the victims of the resultant tensions and controversies. Confinement on the other hand, is used to signify incarceration, segregation and the lack of inclusion in and by the State, society and individuals. Immorality, however, refers to the iniquity and heinous results of the resultant discord, marginalisation and violence inflicted upon powerless individuals by powerful elites and their adherents.
The six streams that will take place over a period of four days would form the basis upon which broader, more holistic discussions of the lived experiences and traumas imposed on different groups of indigenous people, ethnic minorities, disabled people, people of diverse genders and the ‘so-called’ problematic youth across the world can take place.
The Convention scenario will be the product of (In)justice International and would be branded as a co-operation between (In)justice International, its partners and the hosts National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) whilst they would appeal to the devotees of Social Policy, Sociology, Politics, Disability Studies, Human Geography, Economics and Criminology to name but a few areas of interest. Although considered to be separate disciplines, this is not the case. Each complements each other.
Rather than being confined to public administration and describing socio-economic conditions as they are manifest in a specific moment in time, the debates facilitated by the Convention will go beyond empirical declarations to encompass social theory to help explain why— whether it be good or bad—society and/or the economic environment has come to be in the condition that it is. Murder, class, gender, indigeneity, social exclusion, (institutional) discrimination, migration, (social) media influence and public perception/actions will be prominent aspects of the discussions in a dedicated opposition to social injustice.
On one side of the coin, theoretical knowledge combined with an awareness of influential social theorists (of the past or present) helps in the understanding of why political polices and directions are embarked upon. On the other, the use of factual and statistical data underlines the consequences of such policy making. Indeed, with this theoretical knowledge and factual reinforcement, it is then possible to devise a solution to destructive/oppressive circumstances when possible and necessary.
Historical analysis and theory in conjunction with knowledge of economic socio-political conditions, influences and outcomes also enhances understanding and, with this combination of theory and factual information (historical or contemporary), a more critical, wide-ranging approach can be taken toward the actions of government: thus, the strengths of this interdisciplinary approach would equip the attendees of this Convention with the tools to promote a deeper less myopic understanding of what the likely consequences of political decision-making could result in and, in so doing, provide a platform upon which effective action, remedies, resolutions and recompense (should such consequences already be apparent) can be instigated and achieved.