Keynote 1 : Mary Bosworth

Keynote Speaker 1 (Day 1 10.10-10.55)


Mary BosworthMary Bosworth


How migration control is changing punishment: Immigration detention in the UK



In this paper, drawing on fieldwork she has been conducting in British Immigration Removal Centres since 2009, Mary Bosworth will discuss the commonalities and disjunctures between criminal justice and administrative practices. In so doing, she will reflect on the boundaries of penalty itself. As foreign national offenders and those who violate immigration law face additional burdens of custody and expulsion, simply by virtue of their citizenship, key principles of justice are shifting.

Mary Bosworth is Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford. In addition to being Professor of Criminology, she is a Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and, concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University. She is also Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control.

Mary conducts research into the ways in which prisons and immigration detention centres uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are confined negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Paris, Britain, the USA and Australia.  She is currently heading a five-year project on “Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power: Incarceration in a Global Age” funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council as well as a Leverhulme International Network on External Border Control. Mary is the UK Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Criminology, a co-editor of Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship, and a member of the editorial boards of Race & Justice, the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and Clarendon Studies in Criminology at Oxford University Press.