Complicated contours in contemporary sex, gender and sexualities politics when thinking through issues of justice and punishment.
Jointly hosted by The Centre for Criminology and the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC): Professor Jo Phoenix invites an open seminar examining trans rights and justice.
Professor Jo Phoenix joined the Open University as Chair in Criminology in August 2016. She began her academic life as an Open University Tutor on D310 and D315 in the mid-1990s and while she was doing her PhD. From there, she was a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Middlesex from 1998 - 2000. Following that she moved to the University of Bath until 2007. In 2007, she was employed as a Reader in Criminology at Durham University and was made Professor in 2010.
Research interests include gender, sexualities and justice, youth justice and punishment, the production of criminological knowledge and research ethics.
This seminar will explore that there are some conceptual and political problems with the trans rights perspective when applied to the administration of criminal justice in the UK.
In the Spring of 2018, tensions created by different political positions regarding the placement in trans women in the British prison estate bubbled to the surface and resulted in many heated social media exchanges between abolitionists and scholar holding opposing views about what a just response to the struggles of trans women in prison ought to be. The debate exposed fault lines within the criminological community about the relative role of politics, activism and knowledge production as well as the challenges that fluidity of gender identity present to the criminal justice system. The pivot point in the debate turned on the issue of what was assumed to constitute the category ‘woman’ and the extent to which the question of justice ought to be discussed and debated in relation to individuals’ sex or their gender identity.