CS Hamburg 2015: the final programme

The programme of the upcoming Common Session is to be found here


Common Session Hamburg (4-6 May 2015)

The upcoming Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology conference will take place in Hamburg, between May 4 and 6 2015.

This conference’s topic is ‘Crimes a against reality’. More info is to be found here

Common Session Autumn 2014 Corinth

Updated information about the upcoming Common Session is to be found here

Common Session London programme

Final Programme (2)

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 http://www.mdx.ac.uk/aboutus/Location/hendon/index.aspx 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.

Hotels and Hostels

Whilst there are a couple of options close to the campus, most of the hostels and hotels we are suggesting have been chosen because they are within walking distance of a station on the underground line that goes to Hendon Central from where it is a ten minute walk to the campus. Cheaper hostel accommodation is shown first followed by some relatively inexpensive hotels. You may want to bear in mind that the evening/social programme will involve travelling into central London so there would be advantages, if you plan staying out late, to being part way between Hendon and central London.


The following are listed in order of their distance from Hendon campus. The nearest underground station is indicated in brackets.

London Backpackers Hostel, Hendon (within ten minutes walking distance of campus and close to Hendon Central) http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/London-Backpackers/London/527

Belsize House (Belsize Park Underground) http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Belsize-House/London/4399

Smart Camden Inn (Camden Town Underground)  http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/england/london/1349/?&gclid=CJaF4ua4qLwCFeKWtAodEzEAog

St Christophers Inn, Camden (Camden Town Underground) http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/St-Christopher-s-Camden/London/505?source=adwordslondonnamescccbff&KID=310210&AID=2&sub_keyword=st+christophers+inn+camden&sub_ad=p&sub_publisher=ADW&gclid=CMC966y5qLwCFTMPtAod4x0Apg

Journeys King’s Cross Hostel (King’s Cross St Pancras) http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/england/london/6541/

YHA London St Pancras (King’s Cross St Pancras/Euston) http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/england/london/3811/

There are several other options, too numerous to list, but see http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/england/london/ .


The first two are within walking distance of the campus. The rest are within walking at most 15 minutes distance of an underground station on the Northern Line, as identified in brackets.

The Pillar Hotel (within 10 minutes walking distance of Hendon Central & 15-20 minutes of campus) http://www.londontown.com/hotels/information/The_Pillar_Hotel/155006

Hendon Hall Hotel (within 10 minutes walking distance of campus and 20 minutes of Hendon Central, expensive!)

King Solomon Hotel (Golders Green/Brent Cross) http://www.kingsolomonhotel.com/

Golders Green Hotel (Golders Green) http://goldersgreenhotel.co.uk/

Haverstock Hotel (Belsize Park)  http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/haverstock.en-gb.html?aid=303948;label=london%2Fhampstead-UJasEBaCOMXsHa6T1al9GgS8744691141%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg;sid=99e8cd44742ba3ad52fc1eb450a95763;dcid=1

Camden Lock Hotel (Chalk Farm/Camden Town) http://camdenlockhotel.co.uk/

Again there are obviously many more options than list this suggests. See http://www.hoteldirect.co.uk/london/ or  http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/stay.php etc. The more confident you are negotiating the underground, the greater your options

Things to do in London

London is a huge city with an almost unlimited list of potential things to do. While I recommend all of the major tourist spots such as; Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London  among others, there is more to London then what is within the city center.  There are bars and restaurants that are well know in London such as the Punch & Judy in Covent Garden or the Sherlock Holmes restaurant and bar. Along with the tourist sites and pubs there are a vast number of free museums that are available to the public, which cover a wide range of interests, such as the British Museum, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, or the Science Museum, and can be enjoyable if you are the type of person who enjoys a nice museum. London has the potential to be the best trip that you can have with just a little bit of research about what you may want to do and where you can find it. I do recommend finding a nice tea shop and enjoying some tea and scones.

The potential scale of things to do can make it hard to find something that could really interest you so the city was kind enough to help sort things out a bit with http://www.visitlondon.com it is an easy to use site that can help guide you to what you might want to do for your time in the city.

Traveling in London

At first the public transportation system in London can look very complicated and daunting, however once you are actually on a bus, tube, or a train, it is actually quite simple. The first thing that you should do is get an Oyster card which can be done at many shops in London as well as train or tube stations. This may not be possible as soon as you land, however, it is a cheaper and easier way of traveling around the city.

Once you land at one of the London airports, it is relatively simple to get around from each airport to your accommodations for the trip. I would suggest knowing which buses, tubes, or trains that you should take and which stops you should get off at before landing to make the trip from the airport less stressful. An excellent site to help plan your trip is http://www.tfl.gov.uk/,  in the top right hand side of the page there is the Journey Planner. With this you can choose the start and end location of your trip as well as the time and day that you are leaving on the trip, for example, the time and day your flight is scheduled to land. Travel for London also has more detailed information about how to obtain an Oyster card as well as topping them up and how to use them.

If you have any trouble while trying to get around on the tube or trains just simply ask one of the workers at the station and they will be able to help you figure out which line your stop is on and which way it is going. The most important thing to do is keep calm.

Common Session Kent Spring 2013 – Conference and Social Programme

Have a look at the finalised Kent CSP Programme and Kent CSP Social Programme of the coming Canterbury Common Session!


Registration and accommodation

Dear friends,

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!

Mike Mills


University of Kent

Student  Coordinator

2013 Kent Common Sessions