The Spring 2014 Common Study Session in Critical Criminology-Middlesex University London

The Session will take place between Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th April, 2014. As is custom, an informal welcome meeting will be held on the evening of Sunday 13th April and the end of session party will take place on the Wednesday evening.

Theme: Pre-Crime, Security and Surveillance

The notion of the ‘pre-crime’ society signifies a temporal shift in efforts to deal with crime and disorder, from a focus on the detection, punishment and rehabilitation of convicted offenders following the commission of crime to the prevention and management of risky people and places before wrongdoings occur. In this fearful new world, security assumes new significance. Security – of goods, buildings, movements, borders and self – is increasingly embedded in everyday life and is big business, a shrewd investment in the commodities market. Visual and non-visual forms of surveillance also proliferate, the panopticon expanding in time and space. We invite papers which critically reflect on these developments.


The session will be held at Middlesex University’s Hendon campus in North-west London (see for maps and directions). The campus is accessible via the London Underground/Tube (‘Hendon Central’) and via railway (‘Hendon’) but note that the underground station is closest and so most convenient. There are limited accommodation options in Hendon itself, but we have identified a number of hostels and hotels (see below) near to stations on the underground line (the ‘Northern Line) that takes you to Hendon Central and so the travelling time from any of the recommended accommodation to the campus should be no more than 45 minutes. The actual journey time between Hendon Central and central London is about 30 minutes.

For information about traveling in London, things to do in London and hotels or hostels in London please see below.


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