Updated practical information about the Autumn 2015 Common Session is to be found here (beneath the original post about the theme, etc.)
Information about the upcoming Common Session is available here
The recorded lectures/sessions of the last CS in Hamburg can be found under the following link:
The videos may be put on other websites, provided the original source / link is indicated.
The programme of the upcoming Common Session is to be found here
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
Updated information about the upcoming Common Session is to be found here
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.
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
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.