PEEP: Perspectives from the Edges of Exclusion and Punishment

We are excited to launch a new research network for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) with an interest in punishment.

We define punishment broadly, and are interested in creating a forum for inter-disciplinary perspectives on how government policy punishes people, causes social suffering, excludes people from society and entrenches inequality. This might be through the criminal justice system, or through policy and practice in other parts of social life such as housing policy, social welfare, immigration detention, benefit sanctions, health inequalities, as well as historical forms of confinement and punishment, such as mother and baby homes, the death penalty and transportation.

This is intended to be a supportive space for the scholarship of ECRs, which is urgently required.  Many ECRs lack  both the time and financial support required to produce high quality publications and establish their own research profile as they move from contract to contract or contend with high teaching loads. PEEP is therefore also an act of activism, in which (i) we can forge solidarity between ECRs from across disciplines and (ii) we can generate the creative energy needed to conduct individual and collaborative academic work.

This is an open call for abstracts for three half-day workshops to be held this summer where ECRs can refine and advance work-in-progress, such as articles, book chapters, book proposals etc. All participants are expected to attend each workshop and will be asked to present a 20 minute paper on one of these three days:

  • 23 May at the University of Edinburgh, this will be concluded with a plenary from Professor Tony Platt  (Berkeley): Activism, Academia and The Carceral State: Lessons from the United States
  • 24 June at the University of Strathclyde, this will be concluded with a plenary from Dr Órla Murray (Edinburgh): Sustaining Scholarship Through Solidarity: Negotiating the Neoliberal University
  • 26 July University of Stirling, this session will be concluded with a roundtable: where to from here?


PEEP has been made possible through generous funding from the SCCJR. We have a small amount of financial support available for those who require contributions toward travel, child care or other expenses to attend. When submitting your abstract, please do include what financial support you require, and how this will be spent.

To join PEEP, please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Cara Jardine ( or Louise Brangan ( by Friday 19 April.  

We will respond to all applicants by 26 April