Dr Rebecca Scott Bray

Co-Director, Sydney Institute of CriminologySenior Lecturer in Socio-Legal StudiesDirector, Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Dr Rebecca Scott Bray is Co-Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology, Sydney Law School. Her research focuses on the coronial jurisdiction and issues around the dead. She has taught criminology at the University of Melbourne, and thereafter worked as Co-ordinator of Coronial Inquests for the Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia. Before her appointment at the University of Sydney, Rebecca was a Research Officer at the Victorian Coroner’s Office.

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Research interests

Coronial law and practice, inquests and death investigation, medico-legal and forensic criminology, cultural criminology, and the intersections of crime, law and culture as they involve the dead body.

Teaching and supervision

  • SLSS1001 Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies
  • SLSS1003 Law and Contemporary Society
  • SCLG2634 Crime, Punishment and Society
  • SLSS2603 Medico-Legal and Forensic Criminology

Associations

Visiting positions

  • January – July 2012
    Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW, Australia
  • August 2008 – January 2009
    Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, New York University, New York USA

Invited papers

  • Scott Bray, R. 2011 Keynote Address, ‘Acts of Emergency', Law and its Accidents, Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, Melbourne Law School, 15-16 December, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2011 Speaker, ‘Art's ’Actual Experience': Medico-Legal Portraits and Photogenic Violence', Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Research Seminar, 19 August, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2010 Speaker, ‘Establishing Fatal Facts: Death and the Coroner’, School of Social Science Seminar Series, 11 October, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2008 Workshop participant, 'The Preserved Tongue and Other Pieces’, The Question of “Waste” in the History of Medicine', 16-17 May, Warwick University, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2007 Plenary Keynote Address, ‘Voir Mort’, International Conference of the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand, 28-30 November, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne, Australia
  • Scott Bray, R. 2006 Speaker, ‘Cultural and Legal Issues Around Forensic Experiments’, Socio-Legal Research Centre Seminar Series, 23 October, Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2006 Keynote Address, ‘En Piel Ajena: The Work of Teresa Margolles’, Annual International Conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia, 13-14 July, School of Law, The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Law, Victoria, Australia.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2005 Speaker, 'The New Visibility of Death', Berlin, Germany. Introduced exhibition of photographs by Jeffrey Silverthorne: 'Of Twilight and Evidence: The Photographs of Jeffrey Silverthorne; Invited paper: 'Inquest: A Pulp History of Forensic and Funereal Life', 17-19 November, Humboldt University, Haus der Begegnung at Ahorn-Grieneisen.
  • Scott Bray, R. 2000 Speaker, 'Sensing Death: The Chiaroscuro of Touch in the Mortuary Photography of Sue Fox', paper presented at the One-Day Symposium held by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography/ UNSW/COFA 9 September, COFA, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Selected grants

2013

  • NETWORK FOR ORGANS, BODIES AND TISSUES (NBOT); Stewart C, Anderson W, Cashman P, Cooper M, Griffiths P, Hooker L, Jordens C, Kerridge I, Lupton D, Magnusson R, Michael M, Pols H, Race K, Salkeld G, Savell K, Scott Bray R, Shewan L, Waldby C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Law and Society; Beem B, Crofts T, Hendrischke H, Howard-Wagner D, Humphrey M, Lambourne W, Lee M, Macdonald G, Martin G, O'Brien K, O'Malley P, Park S, Piper N, Scott Bray R, Van Krieken R, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2010

  • The Surveillance and Everyday Life Research Group; Marks P, O'Malley P, Martin G, Robertson S, Cleland K, Epstein C, Clancey G, Race K, Scott Bray R; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). Unter der Lupe: Eine 'pulp history' des forensischen lebens. In Thomas Macho and Kristin Marek (Eds.), Die neue Sichtbarkeit des Todes, (pp. 355-369). Munchen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). Von Zwielicht und Evidenz: Die Fotografien von Jeffrey Silverthorne. In Thomas Macho and Kristin Marek (Eds.), Die neue Sichtbarkeit des Todes, (pp. 501-516). Munchen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2004). 'The Hart Island Project', in Studies in Law, Politics and Society. In P. Rush and A. Kenyon (Eds.), An Aesthetics of Law and Culture: Texts, Images, Screens, (pp. 179-200). JAI Press.

Journals

  • Martin, G., Scott Bray, R. (2013). Discolouring Democracy? Policing, Sensitive Evidence, and Contentious Deaths in the United Kingdom. Journal of Law and Society, 40(4), 624-656. [More Information]
  • Scott Bray, R. (2013). Paradoxical justice: The case of Ian Tomlinson. Journal of Law and Medicine, 21, 447-472.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2013). Uneasy Evidence: The Medico-Legal Portraits of Teresa Margolles and Libia Posada. Griffith Law Review, 22(1), 28-62.
  • Scott Bray, R., Martin, G. (2012). Closing Down Open Justice in the United Kingdom? Alternative Law Journal, 37(2), 126-127.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2012). Executive impunity and parallel justice? The United Kingdom debate on secret inquests and inquiries. Journal of Law and Medicine, 19(3), 569-592.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2011). Teresa Margolles' Crime Scene Aesthetics. S A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 110(4), 933-948. [More Information]
  • Scott Bray, R. (2010). Coronial law reform. Alternative Law Journal, 35(4), 232-233.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2010). Death Scene Jurisprudence: The Social Life of Coronial Facts. Griffith Law Review, 19(3), 567-592.
  • Scott Bray, R., Dalton, D. (2009). Crime Scenes. Law Text Culture, 13, 5-12.
  • Scott Bray, R., Frapiccini, E. (2009). Eva Frapiccini and ‘Muri di piombo’ - Interview by Rebecca Scott Bray. Law Text Culture, 13(1), 356-364.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2008). 'Why this Law?': Vagaries of Jurisdiction in Coronial Reform and Indigenous Death Prevention. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 12(Special Edition 2), 27-44.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). En Piel Ajena: The Work of Teresa Margolles. Law Text Culture, 11(December), 13-50.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). Review of Katherine Biber's (2007) Captive Images: Race, Crime, Photography. Alternative Law Journal, 32(4), 253-254.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2006). Enduring Images and the Art of Remembering: Book Review of City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 (Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams) and Exhibition Review of City of Shadows: Inner city crime & mayhem 1912-1948. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 18(2), 376-382.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2006). Fugitive Performances of Death and Injury. Law Text Culture, 10, 41-71.

Edited Journals

  • Scott Bray, R., Dalton, D. (2009). Crime Scenes: Law Text Culture, Volume 13. Law Text Culture, 13.

Conferences

  • Martin, G., Scott Bray, R. (2012). Discolouring Democracy: The Creep of "Secret Justice" in the United Kingdom and its Coronial Jurisdiction. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) 25th Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC).

2013

  • Martin, G., Scott Bray, R. (2013). Discolouring Democracy? Policing, Sensitive Evidence, and Contentious Deaths in the United Kingdom. Journal of Law and Society, 40(4), 624-656. [More Information]
  • Scott Bray, R. (2013). Paradoxical justice: The case of Ian Tomlinson. Journal of Law and Medicine, 21, 447-472.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2013). Uneasy Evidence: The Medico-Legal Portraits of Teresa Margolles and Libia Posada. Griffith Law Review, 22(1), 28-62.

2012

  • Scott Bray, R., Martin, G. (2012). Closing Down Open Justice in the United Kingdom? Alternative Law Journal, 37(2), 126-127.
  • Martin, G., Scott Bray, R. (2012). Discolouring Democracy: The Creep of "Secret Justice" in the United Kingdom and its Coronial Jurisdiction. Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) 25th Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC).
  • Scott Bray, R. (2012). Executive impunity and parallel justice? The United Kingdom debate on secret inquests and inquiries. Journal of Law and Medicine, 19(3), 569-592.

2011

  • Scott Bray, R. (2011). Teresa Margolles' Crime Scene Aesthetics. S A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly, 110(4), 933-948. [More Information]

2010

  • Scott Bray, R. (2010). Coronial law reform. Alternative Law Journal, 35(4), 232-233.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2010). Death Scene Jurisprudence: The Social Life of Coronial Facts. Griffith Law Review, 19(3), 567-592.

2009

  • Scott Bray, R., Dalton, D. (2009). Crime Scenes. Law Text Culture, 13, 5-12.
  • Scott Bray, R., Dalton, D. (2009). Crime Scenes: Law Text Culture, Volume 13. Law Text Culture, 13.
  • Scott Bray, R., Frapiccini, E. (2009). Eva Frapiccini and ‘Muri di piombo’ - Interview by Rebecca Scott Bray. Law Text Culture, 13(1), 356-364.

2008

  • Scott Bray, R. (2008). 'Why this Law?': Vagaries of Jurisdiction in Coronial Reform and Indigenous Death Prevention. Australian Indigenous Law Review, 12(Special Edition 2), 27-44.

2007

  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). En Piel Ajena: The Work of Teresa Margolles. Law Text Culture, 11(December), 13-50.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). Review of Katherine Biber's (2007) Captive Images: Race, Crime, Photography. Alternative Law Journal, 32(4), 253-254.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). Unter der Lupe: Eine 'pulp history' des forensischen lebens. In Thomas Macho and Kristin Marek (Eds.), Die neue Sichtbarkeit des Todes, (pp. 355-369). Munchen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2007). Von Zwielicht und Evidenz: Die Fotografien von Jeffrey Silverthorne. In Thomas Macho and Kristin Marek (Eds.), Die neue Sichtbarkeit des Todes, (pp. 501-516). Munchen: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.

2006

  • Scott Bray, R. (2006). Enduring Images and the Art of Remembering: Book Review of City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 (Peter Doyle with Caleb Williams) and Exhibition Review of City of Shadows: Inner city crime & mayhem 1912-1948. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 18(2), 376-382.
  • Scott Bray, R. (2006). Fugitive Performances of Death and Injury. Law Text Culture, 10, 41-71.

2004

  • Scott Bray, R. (2004). 'The Hart Island Project', in Studies in Law, Politics and Society. In P. Rush and A. Kenyon (Eds.), An Aesthetics of Law and Culture: Texts, Images, Screens, (pp. 179-200). JAI Press.

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