Rosa del Olmo Prize: Introductory Essay


Academic prizes have three problems: they feed an individualist ethos, perpetuate the idea of the ‘marketplace of ideas’ as a fair and even playing field, and build a stereotype of white, Western men as the ultimate knowledge creators. However, prizes can also challenge stereotypes and help democratise knowledge creation by enlarging the visibility of communitarian knowledge creation beyond Western scripts and outside hegemonic masculinities. The International Journal for Crime, Justice, and Social Democracy, committed to cognitive justice, knowledge democratisation, and encouraging voices on the periphery to partake in global academic debate, established the Rosa del Olmo Prize. Seeking to challenge criminological stereotypes about who can create knowledge that contributes to the development of criminology, the Journal honours Venezuelan criminologist Rosa del Olmo (1937-2000) through this award. Rosa symbolises critical, feminist, decolonial criminology working to advance social justice.

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Published: 2023-12-01
Pages:1 to 10
Section:Rosa del Olmo Prize
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Goyes, D. R., South, N., Scott, J. and Creagh, T. (2023) “Rosa del Olmo Prize: Introductory Essay”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 12(4), pp. 1-10. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.3223.

Author Biographies

University of Oslo

David R. Goyes - Co Chief Editor, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

University of Essex
 United Kingdom

Nigel South is a Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, United Kingdom and Adjunct Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, australia

Queensland University of Technology

Professor John Scott - Co-Chief Editor, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

Queensland University of Technology

Tracy Creagh, Journal Manager, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy