Conferences & lectures

Making Victims

A public talk with Dawn Moore, professor at Carleton University

Friday, September 27, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dawn Moore


This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room LB 619



How is the victim of domestic violence made? In posing this question, the primary goal is to decentre the fixed ontological category of victim. Instead, it’s vital to think about how an experience becomes a subject-position.

How does the experience of victimization translate into the state of victimhood? Whose interests are served by setting this fixed subjectivity and how does this pre-set subject-position create the conditions under which those who have been victimized in interpersonal relationships are also victimized by state and extra state actors?

This event considers the matrix of legal, common and medical/psychiatric epistemologies and technologies through which a person who has been physically harmed is marshalled into the quasi-legal category of victim. The assemblage of victim-making has, at its centre, the goal of taming the abused so as to render them docile subjects of the state.

Please note that this talk may contain graphic images. This event is wheelchair accessible.

About Dawn Moore

Dawn Moore is a professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. She is primarily interested in the constitution of criminal(ized) subjectivities. Moore’s early work focused on prison-based addiction treatment and rehabilitation more generally, as well as criminalized substances. More recently, she is conducting a study of visual — photographic and video — evidence collection in domestic violence investigations.

In a second project, Moore is studying conditions of confinement in Canadian prisons as part of a broader initiative to interrogate the mechanisms of transparency and accountability in public prisons in four countries — Argentina, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom. She has published in Theoretical Criminology, Economy and Society, Social and Legal Studies, Punishment and Society, British Journal of Criminology, Critical Criminology and International Journal of Drug Control Policy.

Moore is currently preparing a manuscript for publication by Routledge entitled Making Victims.

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