October, 2019

Call for Papers: International Workshop ‘Expanding the penal landscape: The immigration detention phenomena’

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019



Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto (Canada)


April 20-21, 2020

Call for papers

Coordinator: Ana Ballesteros Pena (University of Toronto, Canada & University of A Coruña, Spain)

Scientific Committee: Ana Ballesteros Pena (University of Toronto, Canada & University of A Coruña, Spain), Prof. Mary Bosworth (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), Prof. Jose A. Brandariz (University of A Coruña, Spain), Prof. Elisa García España (University of Malaga, Spain), Prof. Kelly Hannah-Moffat (University of Toronto, Canada) & Prof. Audrey Macklin (University of Toronto, Canada).                                                              

Over the last few decades, we have witnessed the proliferation of practices of migration control. These include the creation, reinforcement and development of borders; the multiplication and diversification of practices and spaces of detention; the implementation of different initiatives of supervision and control of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers before detention and after release; the use of violent practices of push-backs, strategies of containment, and spectacles of transporting migrants and asylum seekers; the prosecution of organizations and individuals supporting migrants and asylum seekers; and the amplification of deportation practices. At the same time, both people on the move and the organizations and citizens supporting them have accumulated knowledge and developed strategies to resist, manage, and overcome the aforementioned attempts to constrain human mobility. This multiplicity of practices is being analyzed from within various disciplines including, but not limited to sociology, political science, anthropology, legal geography, criminology, and migration studies.

Some of these analyses have identified the punitive nature of migration enforcement practices but these processes are frequently characterized as outside the field of “punishment”. Scholars such as Hannah-Moffat and Lynch (2012) have pointed to the need to expand “definitional boundaries of the category of ‘punishment’” (Hannah-Moffat and Lynch, 2012: 119). According to them, these boundaries “tend to neglect a number of questions about what constitutes punishment in diverse settings, and are limited in their ability to explain on-the-ground punitive practices, particularly in contexts that challenge traditional understandings of the penal realm” (Hannah-Moffat and Lynch, 2012: 119). In this vein, Bosworth, Franko and Pickering (2018: 35) argue that the term “punishment” should be fundamentally adjusted so as to include the proliferation of “bordered forms of penality” (Bosworth, Franko and Pickering, 2018: 46). Others have studied the racialized, gendered, and (post)colonial character of border and/or migration control and immigration detention (Bosworth, Parmar and Vázquez, 2018).

This international interdisciplinary workshop provides an opportunity to reflect, both conceptually and empirically, on the explosion of penal and punitive forms and consequences of border and migration control practices in the Global North and South.

We seek contributions on the following topics, amongst others:

  • Immigration detention, including pre- and post-detention practices
  • The role of different actors in the immigration detention complex
  • Agency and resistance of different actors involved in detention, supervision, and other forms of border and migration control
  • Border control mechanisms
  • Other exclusionary practices against migrants and asylum seekers
  • Spatial practices of detention, containment and exclusion
  • The impact of gender, race, and (post/neo)colonialism in practices of border control and/or immigration detention
  • Emergent places of detention and containment: informal settlements, hotspots, temporary reception centers and the like.

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Prof. Yolanda Vázquez, Associate Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Cincinnati (United States) and Prof. Leanne Weber, Associate Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University (Australia).

This interdisciplinary event will be of interest to scholars from criminology, sociology, social policy, law, human geography, anthropology, political science, and psychology. Early career scholars are encouraged to send abstracts. Attendance is free. We have limited funds available to cover travel and accommodation for junior participants outside Canada.

Please email your proposal (250 words maximum) to the coordinator by 23:59pm (GMT-4) on 6 December, 2019 at ana.ballesteros@utoronto.ca.

We aim to publish the papers discussed in this international workshop as a special issue of a journal.  If you are interested in putting your work forward for consideration, please indicate this in your proposal.

Information about acceptance will be sent by 17 January, 2020.

The workshop is part of the European Commission funded project Governmigration: Governing irregular immigration through detention. Discourses and practices from an interdisciplinary approach, under the scientific program Horizon 2020 within Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions. It is sponsored jointly by the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto (Canada) and the ECRIM Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of A Coruña (Spain).

Seminario #UniversidadSinCensura: Prostitución, Trata e Traballo Sexual na UDC

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Cartel Xornadas Traballo Sexual ECRIM














[GAL] O venres 18 de outubro o ECRIM organizou na Facultade de Dereito da Coruña o Seminario “Prostitución, trata e traballo sexual a debate na UDC.

O Seminario, presentado por José Antonio Ramos, abriuse cunha ponencia de Silvia Rodríguez López (ECRIM, Universidade da Coruña), titulada “A muller migrante nas políticas públicas contra a trata de seres humanos con fins de explotación sexual. Entre a axencia e a vulnerabilidade“.

IMG-20191018-WA0009De esqda. a dta.: Cristina Fernández Bessa, Silvia Rodríguez López

Con posterioridade, Cristina Fernández Bessa (ECRIM, Universidade da Coruña) presentou a ponencia “Persecución e vulneración de dereitos das traballadoras sexuais que captan á súa clientela no espazo público. Perspectivas e demandas das implicadas“.


De esqda. a dta.: Cristina Fernández Bessa, Silvia Rodríguez López

O Seminario foi a actividade inaugural da campaña Debates universitarios sobre trabajo sexual. #UniversidadSinCensura”, organizada por centros e equipos de investigación de 20 universidades españolas. A campaña xurde tras a cancelación dunhas xornadas sobre traballo sexual na Universidade da Coruña en setembro pasado, e ten como obxectivos abrir un espazo para o debate libre no eido académico sobre o traballo sexual desde posturas pro-dereitos e, en termos xerais, diferentes ás abolicionistas.



























Seminario “La resocialización y el traslado de presos en la Unión Europea”

Saturday, October 12th, 2019















[CAST] El 11 de octubre, la Facultad de Derecho de A Coruña acogió el Seminario “La resocialización y el traslado de presos en la Unión Europea, organizado por el ECRIM como primera de las actividades de cierre del proyecto UE “Mutual Trust and Social Rehabilitation into Practice (RePers), financiado por la Dirección General Justicia y Consumidores de la Comisión Europea.

IMG_20191011_102745_222Coral Arangüena

El seminario se inició con la ponencia de la Dra. Coral Arangüena Fanego, catedrática de Derecho procesal de la Universidad de Valladolid, titulada “El reconocimiento mutuo en materia penal“, en la que analizó el fundamento y sentido de los instrumentos jurídico-comunitarios de cooperación en materia penal basados en el principio de reconocimiento mutuo.

IMG_1997Ana Neira

Con posterioridad, la miembro del ECRIM Dra. Ana Neira Pena presentó la ponencia “La implementación de la DM 909 sobre traslado de presos comunitarios“. En su presentación, la profesora Neira revisó las cuestiones fundamentales de la trasposición de la DM 2008/909/JAI al ordenamiento español, con especial a los problemas derivados de la competencia.


Cristina Fernández Bessa

Finalmente, la Dra. Cristina Fernández Bessa (ECRIM) reflexionó sobre los “Obstáculos y oportunidades que presenta la aplicación práctica del instrumento de traslado de presos“. En su ponencia, la Dra. Fernández Bessa se centró en la aplicación práctica del procedimiento de traslado de presos comunitarios, abordando tanto su utilidad potencial cuanto las razones de su escasa aplicación en el contexto español.