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Upcoming CJRC Seminar: “Translation and metamorphoses of criminology in Latin America.”


Tomorrow the CJRC will host a seminar by visiting speaker Professor Maximo Sozzo from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Santa Fe, Argentina).

Date: Thursday 16 July 2015
Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm, afternoon tea provided
Venue: Room C412, Level 4, C Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane

In this seminar Professor Sozzo will analyse the role of translation in the history of criminology in Latin America since its birth in the 1880’s until today. The concepts and arguments produced in the Global North – Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, United States and United Kingdom – travelled to the different national contexts of this region through indigenous intellectuals and practitioners that developed this task of cultural importation. These translations have been interpreted as mere transpositions by local elites that reproduced the cultural and economic dependency of these countries in 19th and 20th Century capitalism. The paradox was that the same critical intellectuals and practitioners who denounced these adoptions were also translating arguments and concepts to do it from the radical criminology that developed in North America and Europe from the end of the 1960’s.

Professor Sozzo will present an alternative way of reading these processes of cultural importation as metamorphoses that produced a “dialectic of the same and the different”, an indigenization of concepts and arguments that in some occasions enabled inventiveness and creativity in order to confront the local contexts and problems. He will discuss how the production of critical criminology in Latin American contexts today — but also more generally, in the Global South — can learn from its own past, producing new metamorphoses for our present, something that is going on in some sectors of the critical tradition in the region. This is an effective antidote against mere reproduction, and the most promising route for a “criminological imagination” from and for the Global South.

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