Welcome to the website for the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology. This website serves as a clearinghouse for information on the upcoming and past ‘Common Sessions’ as well as a forum for member of the participating Universities to share material, papers, or media of interest.
Have a look at the finalised Kent CSP Programme and Kent CSP Social Programme of the coming Canterbury Common Session!
Further to previous contact in the build-up to the 2013 Kent Common Sessions (28th April – 1st May), may I draw your attention to the conference website.
Those who will be attending the conference will need to register via this link, which also allows you to book on-campus accommodation and signal your intent for the final night dinner: https://kenthospitality.kent.ac.uk/Register/Registration/Welcome.aspx?e=782044FA60897F5D7E7E26D055CB1976
You will able to register, and also book and pay for these add-ons, through this site.
In addition, please find these resources to guide you through booking accommodation in Canterbury (Canterbury Hotel Guide) and getting here (Kent Common Sessions Spring 2013 Travel Guide). In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the discussion of feminism and criminology around which the student meeting will be organised. We require students to speak on a panel for the Feminism discussion.
The conference continues to look like being a provocative and enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing here in April!
University of Kent
2013 Kent Common Sessions
The next Common Session of the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology will take place at the University of Kent, Canterbury campus in Kent, UK from 28 April to 2 May 2013. We warmly invite all of our students and staff colleagues at partner institutions to attend.
Theme: Cultural and Global Criminology
You will be hearing from us at Kent about accomodation, the conference and social programme, as well as guides to the city of Canterbury. It’s shaping up to be a really good event. We’ll be looking to keep you updated via email, the CSP website and the Facebook CSP group page.
Please keep in mind that the registration for the conference is only open for members of the partner universities and invited guests. Unfortunately, registration is not possible for members of the public or non-affiliated universities. If you are not part of an affiliated university but wish to attend future conferences, you may wish to consider enrolling in a related degree programme or pursuing an Erasmus or Overseas exchange at one of our universities. Registration for students and staff is handled locally by the academic representatives, so please contact your own staff for specific details and requirements in the first instance.
Plans for the conference and social programme continue to develop – this is promising to be a very enyjoyable and provocative Common Session. We hope to see you soon!
The next Common Session will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 29-31. October 2012.
Common Session on Criminal Justice and Critical Criminology – Evergreen Questions of Criminology: Get Smart and/or Get Tough?
ELTE University, Faculty of Law
Budapest, 1-3 Egyetem tér
Room: ’Aula Magna’ (1st floor)
Deadline for registration and abstracts:
15 October, 2012
Call for papers
The conference theme is Evergreen Questions of Criminology: Get Smart and/or Get Tough? Our goal is to seek answer to the question what should be the aim of crime control policy and criminal justice in the early 21st century. Will we go into a more punitive direction or will we adapt more and more restorative methods? Of course, presentations are not limited to this topic; every paper on the field of critical criminology is warmly welcomed.
The proposal should contain the name(s) of the presenter(s), the name of the university they are from, the title and a short abstract of the presentation.
The registration has already opened!
Please keep in mind that the registration for the conference is only open for members of the member universities and invited guests. Unfortunately, registration is not possible for members of the public or non-affiliated Universities. If you are not part of an affiliated University but wish to attend future conferences you may wish to consider enrolling in a related degree programme or pursuing an Erasmus or Overseas exchange programme at one of the participating Universities. Registration for students of the respective Universities is handled locally by the staff representatives, so contact your own staff for specific details and requirements in the first instance.
Please address both the submissions of papers and registrations to Lena Podoletz (email@example.com).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Klara Kerezsi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lena Podoletz.
The Hamburg criminologists Georgie Pierenkemper and Rebecca Houghton took the initiative to videotape the Porto Common Session of last May, 2012. It provides a nice insight of what the Common Sessions are all about. Check it out here!
For those of you planning to go to the Common Session in Porto, please take in account the possibility of a strike on May 24th and 25th!! We’ve just received the following mail from Rita:
“We’ve just recently been informed that Portuguese air controllers will go on a strike the 24th and the 25th. This may cause problems for those wanting to leave those days.
We suggest that each one tries to inform colleagues and/or students and contact the airline to find out which is the best option for your return home.
In face of this situation we are re-arranging the program. On the one hand we will have to have parallel sessions for students’ presentations. On the other hand, we will try ending all the works on Wednesday at lunch time or 16h maximum. We will soon send you the provisional program and will wait for your feedback.
A former CSP student, Matt Hinds-Aldrich, recently shared his views on how to teach criminological theory via music (2012). For those of you who were there, he presented his ideas about such an approach during the Hamburg CS, Spring 2009! I thought it might be useful to have a look at his article, as the coming CS is dealing with this exact issue of epistemology and methodology, criminology and critical analysis.
“There have been a number of articles recently advocating the use of nontraditional mediums to teach criminological theory. Many of these articles have advocated using music and/or music lyrics to illustrate and enliven the various theories taught in introductory theory courses. Despite the growing attention paid to teaching criminological theory, few, if any, discuss how to help students understand the more fundamental ontological question—what is “theory.” This article proposes an alternative pedagogical approach that draws upon students’ understanding of musical genres analogically to explain: (1) the historical development of the various theoretical approaches, (2) the historical, cultural and theoretical antecedents of the various approaches, and (3) how to identify the theoretical orientation(s) and influences in an unfamiliar text. Ultimately, this approach is intended to counter the overly compartmentalized and linear understanding of theory unintentionally brought on by the dynamics of teaching schedules, generic “theory” textbooks, computerized presentation software and testing methods”.
Full article link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10511253.2012.665934
The New York Times published recently an article on dementia care in prison in the US. The get tough on everything policies and three-strikes sentences in states such as California, produced a steadily growing number of elderly prisoners whose medical costs skyrocket and whose medical needs are complicated by the fact that they are in a retributive prison system. In reaction, they started a programme where some inmates are trained to care for other prisoners who are suffering from Dementia/Alzheimer’s and often can’t feed or bathe or otherwise take care of themselves: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/health/dealing-with-dementia-among-aging-criminals.html?_r=1
Please find a provisional programme with travel and accomodation suggestions about the upcoming Common Session in Porto on the following page:
Please find updated (travel, accomodation and programme) information about the upcoming Common Session in Athens on the following page:
Also, an article by Prof. René van Swaaningen and Dr. John Blad, giving an overview of 25yrs of Common Session, is now available!
Common Study Programme Critical Criminology – Van Swaaningen and Blad; Erasmus University School of Law