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AIC Occasional Seminar Series

Criminology and History at the interface of Research and Teaching at ANU

Dr Carolyn Strange
74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT - FREE EVENT
11:00am-12:00pm 25 September 2014

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ANU’s new Bachelor of Criminology Program advertises that it ‘addresses the causes, politics and management of criminality from a range of disciplinary perspectives’. Dr Carolyn Strange's contribution to the program (‘Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas’) uses a question-based approach. Rather than a course on the history of criminology, it highlights on-going challenges faced by historical as well as contemporary criminal justice policy actors. What counts as crime? What is just punishment? Learning that the answers to such questions have varied significantly over time is one of the course’s prime objectives; the other is to encourage students to appreciate how understanding of the past can and ought to inform policy making today. This talk will illustrate these aims by focusing on one of the course topics: the history of parole.

Dr Carolyn Strange, Senior Fellow and Graduate Director, School of History, ANU

Carolyn Strange was an Associate Professor of Criminology and History at the University of Toronto for ten years prior to moving to ANU in 2004. She is the author of several books and numerous articles that examine the history of punishment and mercy in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century, with a special focus on the study of violence, gender and sexuality.