Queer(y)ing Justice in the Global South Conference

11 July 2018 to 13 July 2018


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Please note the information, below, about pre-ordering lunch and the conference dinner.


Recent years have seen social, criminal, and legal justice campaigns for sexuality and gender diverse people gain increasing visibility and popular support in many jurisdictions, while repression and discrimination have increased in others. At the same time, academic LGBT and queer scholarship in fields such as criminology, criminal justice studies, sociology, and socio-legal studies, has grown significantly.

Despite reversals of enfranchisement for sexuality and gender diverse people in some countries, important changes in the interests of social and legal justice have been achieved, and there is a growing space in some legal and criminal justice contexts for the needs of sexuality and gender diverse people to be recognised. However, more can be done to respond to the intersections of inequalities in these contexts. Culturally diverse people, Indigenous people, and people seeking safety, among others, have not always benefited from these gains. A gulf remains between academia and practitioners in these areas, with greater opportunity to pay attention to the voices of those in the Global South in these debates, and to how 'Northern' frameworks guiding research and practice in this area may need to be reconsidered. These issues are central to ongoing campaigns to achieve greater social and criminal justice for sexuality and gender diverse people globally.

To further explore and respond to these issues, and strengthen the international networks of scholars and practitioners working in this area, we invite proposals to speak at an upcoming conference on 'Queer(y)ing Justice in the Global South'. We hope to question how justice can be 'queered' and queried from the perspectives of sexuality and gender diverse people.

The conference is an opportunity to bring together researchers, community members, and organisations working at the intersections of sexuality, gender diversity, and justice, broadly conceived.

View the FINAL PROGRAM (updated 3 July 2018) 

The conference will held at The University of Sydney, Australia, from 11-13 July 2018. It will include keynote presentations by:

Dameyon Bonson, Black Rainbow, Australia

Plenary: Queer(y)ing Indigenous Health; Achieving Indigenous LGBQTI Health and Social Justices (ABSTRACT)

Dameyon Bonson, a Mangarayi and Torres Strait Islander male, is a Northern Territory based advisor and facilitator in the prevention of Indigenous, including Indigenous LGBQTI suicide. Dameyon has spent the past six years working in upstream suicide prevention; three of those years working specifically within remote Aboriginal communities across the entire north west of Western Australia.
Dameyon has self-published the country's only report in suicide prevention relating to Indigenous LGBQTI people and crowdfunded the birthing of Black Rainbow; a social enterprise specifically for Indigenous LGBQTI people in the prevention of suicide. He has also developed the country's only workforce development training that look to strengthen the capabilities of health and community services to work with Indigenous LGBQTI clients.

In 2016, Dameyon was awarded the Dr. Yunupingu Award for Human Rights for his cumulative efforts. Despite handing back that award in 2018, he continues to be recognised as the leading voice in the prevention of Indigenous LGBQTI suicide and the health space. This year Dameyon began his post graduate studies in Suicide Prevention to strengthen his frontline and live experience contribution to the prevention of Indigenous suicide.

Professor Jo Phoenix, Open University, UK

Against Queer Criminology: For A Criminology Of Sex And Sexualities (ABSTRACT)

Jo Phoenix is Professor in Criminology at the Open University, having formerly been at the Universities of Leicester, Durham, Bath and Middlesex. Her research interests relate to the fields of youth crime and punishment; sex, sexualities and regulation, and criminological knowledge production.  She has been a keen observer and remained interested in the politics of sex and sexualities since her days of feminist activitism in Bristol, England in the 1980s.

Her most recent publications are:

- two chapters in an edited collection entitled Alternative Criminologies edited by Carlen, P. and Franca Ayres, L.  (2017: Routledge),

- two chapters on discourses and policies of childhood sexual exploitation in Dewey et al (eds) Routledge Handbook of Sex Work Research (forthcoming 2018: Routledge) and Pearce, J. (ed.) Child Sexual Exploitation: Theory to Practice forthcoming 2018: Bristol Policy Press)

- and a monograph entitled Youth Justice 2.0 (forthcoming 2018: Palgrave).

Dr Jace Valcore, University of Houston Downtown, USA

Beyond Pulse: Queering Frontiers (ABSTRACT)

Jace L. Valcore, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston Downtown. His educational background includes degrees in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Public Affairs. This multidisciplinary training fuels research interests in public policy, criminal law, social justice, and the criminal legal system with a specifically queer lens focused on the experiences, needs, and elevation of the LGBTQ community. He has published work on US state hate crime laws, gender in policing, and co-edited a special issue on LGBTQ families for Journal of Family Strengths. He is currently completing projects on the measurement of gender in criminological research, the experiences of LGBTQ police officers, and media analysis of the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. He also provides queer competency workshops and seminars for students, educators, professionals, and community members, and serves on the board for New Leaders Council-Houston.



11-13 July 

Wednesday 11 July, 9am - 5.30pm (registration from 8.30am, conference drinks from 5.30pm)

Thursday 12 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm (registration from 9am, optional conference dinner from 6pm)

Friday 13 July, 9.30am - 5pm (registration from 9am)


Pre-order your lunch

Taste Café at the Charles Perkins Centre has kindly offered to take lunch orders ahead of the conference. They recommend you pre-order lunches for the days you are attending the conference, so can miss the queues, get the lunch of your choosing, and enjoy the café space for the lunch period.

Pre-order your lunch

Conference dinner

There is a conference dinner being held on day 2 of the conference, Thursday 12 July at 6pm, open for attendees at their own cost.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest with Simran at and you will receive further details.


This conference is being jointly hosted by The Sydney Institute of Criminology (The University of Sydney), the Crime and Justice Research Centre (Queensland University of Technology), the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (University of Tasmania), and the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (Western Sydney University). It is also part nine of the Queering Paradigms conference series.


Time: 11-13 July

Location: Charles Perkins Centre, Building D17, John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Rd), University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 0d2c2e6a0c4110004720173a3e10394e3f6214003a6c200d