Professor Alison Young
Alison Young joined the University in 1995. She has an LL.B (Hons) from Edinburgh University and a Masters and PhD in Criminology from Cambridge University. She is the author of Judging the Image (2005), Imagining Crime (1996) and Femininity in Dissent (1990), as well as numerous articles on the intersections of law, crime and culture. She previously taught in criminology, law and women's studies at the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster and Cambridge. Professor Young is an Associate Editor of journals including Feminist Theory, the Griffith Law Review, and Law and Critique. She has been a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo and at Amherst College, and a Visiting Research Fellow at McGill University, London University, New York University and Hong Kong University. In 1998 and 2000, she was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Political Science and Jurisprudence at Amherst College, Massachusetts. Professor Young has been an invited plenary speaker at numerous international conferences, including the US Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, the British Criminological Conference, the Canadian Law and Society Association, the Law and Society Association of the United States, the British Critical Legal Conference, and the International Association of Law and Literature.
- cultural criminology
- criminal law
- sexual violence
- law and aesthetics
- feminist theory
- cultural representations of law
- justice and violence
- Critical Criminal Law
- Crime and Culture
- Texts and Violence
- poststructuralist theory
- crime and justice
- sexual assault
- law and criminal justice
- cultural representations of crime
- law and justice
- graffiti and street art
- sexual politics and sexual difference
- socio-legal responses to violence
Recent publications and papers
2010 (with Ghostpatrol, Miso and Timba Smits) Street/Studio: the Place of Street Art in Melbourne. Melbourne: Thames & Hudson.
2010 the Scene of Violence, Cinema, Crime, Affect. London: Routledge Cavendish
Judging the Image: Art, Value, Law (2005), London & New York: Routledge
Articles in journals
(2010) 'Negotiated Consent or Zero Tolerance: Responding to Graffiti and Street Art in Melbourne' City 14(1): 55-72.
(2009) 'The Screen of the Crime: Judging the Affect of Cinematic Violence' Social & Legal Studies 18(1): 5-22.
(2007) 'Images in the Aftermath of Trauma: Responding to September 11'. Crime, Media, Culture 3(1) 30-48.
Halsey, M. & Young, A. (2006) – ‘Our Desires are Ungovernable’: Writing Graffiti in Urban Space. Theoretical. Criminology 10(3): 275-306.
Chapters in books
(2010) 'The Scene of the Crime: Is There Such a Thing as "Just Looking" in K. Hayward (ed.) Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Image. London: Routledge.
(2010) 'Legal/Illegal: Street Art in Australia' in J. Babington (ed.) Space Invaders. Canberra: National Gallery of Australia.
(2008) Young, A. ‘Documenting September 11th: Trauma and the (Im)possibility of Sincerity’, in The Rhetoric of Sincerity, ed. M. Bal, C. Smith and E. Van Alphen, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
(2008) Young, A. ‘Culture, Cultural Criminology and the Imagination of Crime’ in The Criminology Companion, ed. T. Anthony and C. Cunneen, Sydney: Federation Press.
(2007) Young, A. ‘Piss Christ on Trial: Disgust, Obscenity and Transgression’ in The Trials of Art, ed. D. Mclean, London: Ridinghouse Press.
Young, A. – Narrating 9/11: Justice and Visual Ethics in the Aftermath of Disaster. Keynote lecture delivered by invitation at a symposium entitled ‘Seeing Justice Done: Interrogating Law at the Margins’, Haverford College, Pennsylvania. 30-31 March 2007.
Young, A. – Witnessing and Trauma: Judgment and Legal Ethics after 9/11. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown Law School, Washington D.C., 23-24 March 2007.
Young, A. - September 11th and the Documentation of Trauma: Authority, Sincerity and Ethics. Plenary lecture presented by invitation, at the National Postgraduate Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, November 2006.
Young, A. - Narrating September 11th: Documentation, Trauma and Ethics. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Australian Law and Literature Association, Melbourne, July 2006.
Young, A. – September 11th and the Documentation of Trauma: Authority, Sincerity and Ethics. Invited plenary lecture given at a conference entitled The Rhetoric of Sincerity, University of Leiden, June 2006.
Young, A. - Callings. Plenary address presented by invitation at the Annual Meeting of the United States Law and Society Association, Las Vegas, 2-5 June 2005.
Young, A. - Reading Law in the Image. Paper presented by invitation at the Annual Meeting of the Law, Culture and the Humanities Association, Austin, TX, 11-13 March 2005.
Young, A. – Judging the Image. Paper given as part of an author-meets-readers session relating to her book Judging the Image: Art, Value, Law (Routledge 2005), at the Annual Meeting of the Law, Culture and the Humanities Association, Austin, TX, 11-13 March 2005.
Blog: Images to Live by (on street art, and other cultural forms)