5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference

Sponsored and supported by The Cairns Institute in association with the School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University

Conference Details


July 7-8, 2011

The Venue

Rydges Esplanade Hotel
Cairns, Queensland, Australia


For enquiries please contact:

Kylie Wilson
Phone 07 4781 5307

About the Conference

In October 2010, an initial notice was lodged on Crimnet to announce that the 5th Annual ANZ Critical Criminology Conference was to be held on July 7 and 8, 2011 in Cairns.

This is a no registration fee conference and, in keeping with the general arrangements with the previous four annual conferences, there is no specified theme required for paper abstracts, thematic/roundtable discussion groups or poster presentations.

Our objective is to arrange a conference that focuses on critical criminology – theory, research, debates and policy – to further enhance this sector of scholarly criminology.

Key Dates

Abstract submissions due May 6, 2011

Registrations close TBA

Associated Events

The National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) are organising a range of events (July 3-10) in various Cairns locations, with a purpose to increase wider community awareness of the contributions, status and treatment of Indigenous Australians during this week. The NAIDOC Week, importantly for us interested in the various fields of critical criminology, opens up some dialogue possibilities with participants who attend sessions at either or both of the Critical Criminology and NAIDOC organised sessions.

The Australian Prison Project is also organising The Indigenous Sentencing and Punishment Symposium, also to be held at Rydges Esplanade on July 5 and 6. This is also a no registration fee symposium. However, the Critical Criminology Conference and the Australian Prisons Project Symposium do require separate registrations.

Conference Program & Abstracts

Keynote Speakers

James Austin, the JFA Institute, Washington DC

John Braithwaite, Australian National University

Sharon Pickering, Monash University


The Program has now been finalised and is available here.


Abstracts have now been received and are available here.

Conference Proceedings

Coventry, Garry & Shircore, Mandy (Eds.). (2012). Proceedings of the 5th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference. July 7 and 8, 2011, James Cook University, Cairns Campus. Townsville, Queensland: James Cook University. ISBN 978-0-9808572-4-5.



Registration is now closed


This annual conference has no registration fee. Your costs will be travel to Cairns, your accommodation and a conference dinner should you wish to attend. Further information is included at Travel Information below.

Destination Cairns


Welcome to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Region - your gateway to discovering the magic of Australia’s true tropics. Here, you can swim among the bright colourful fish and coral in the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, escape to a private tropical island, walk through some of the oldest rainforests on the planet and discover adventure awaiting in the diverse environments that make up wonderful Tropical North Queensland. It’s the ultimate destination to enjoy spectacular natural beauty at its absolute best, and to find fun and adventure. It’s also the perfect place to relax, be pampered, and enjoy the laid-back feel of the tropics.

Cairns has a diverse population of around 140,000 with its main industries focused on tourism, shipping and agriculture. With the Great Barrier Reef only 1.5 hours away by boat, there are many opportunities for reef and island visits and diving. The city has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with many cafes, restaurants, markets and nightclubs. The waterfront precinct, the Esplanade, includes a swimming lagoon and outdoor entertainment. Cairns also enjoys diverse culture, shopping and sporting activities, including the local National Basketball League team, the Cairns Taipans.

Information for participants:

For further information on exploring Cairns and The Tropical North, please visit Cairns and Great Barrier Reef (see www.cairnsgreatbarrierreef.org.au/)