Our aim is to encourage a more creative, less formal reflection on sensory aspects of the field than is more commonly found in “conventional” approaches to criminology. We ask that posts be 1)about sensory experience of 2)something criminological. You do not need to be an academic, nor a criminologist. Our archives offer a far more illustrative means of demonstrating what this reads/looks/sounds like but please get in touch if you would like to talk through ideas (we have a twitter account: @SPenalities, as well as individual twitter accounts: @KateHerrity and @WarrCriminology. We can also be reached via our institutional e-mails).
While we are academics, we wish to host contributions from people with a range of backgrounds and experience. The point is to develop ideas, share a conversation and broaden both access to it and contributions to its enrichment. If you would like to write a post please do get in touch. We will also ask for a short bio, see our authors section, and attach a link/s of your choice as a means of mutual traffic-boosting. *Please note* we will be receptive to the idea of posting anonymously in which case, much of the above would not apply.
Contributions should be around 800-2000 words inclusive. Can you recall memories of sensory experience of some aspect of criminal/social justice where these played a part in how your understanding of this event/place/experience developed. How? What did it feel like? Were there particularly prominent smells, tastes or sounds? What did these tell you about what it was to be in these spaces, at this time, and for the experience of the criminological phenomena you are theorising on/the focus of your piece?
We also hope to experiment with a range of media as our skills and confidence increase, so by all means reflect this in your contribution.
*Call for art* if you would like to share drawings to illustrate posts or for inclusion in a separate archive please do contact us.
If you want to run ideas past us feel free to get in touch either by e-mail or twitter (@SPenalities or our individual accounts: @KateHerrity and @WarrCriminology, see institutional pages for e-mail contacts or check via twitter)