Call for Papers: Global Issues, Cultural Perspectives

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the International Conference on Cultural and Global Criminology, ‘Global Issues, Cultural Perspectives,’ taking place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from June 27th to 29th, 2018.

Oude Gracht
The main canal in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Since 2012, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC Programme), a cooperation between the University of Kent, Utrecht University, ELTE Budapest and University Hamburg, has been training and supervising 37 PhD candidates from all over the world on exciting topics in the field of cultural and global criminology. Staff and PhD candidates from three associate partners (Middlesex University London, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Ghent University) have also been active in conducting research in these fields.

The growth of interest and expertise in the areas of cultural and global criminology has also been reflected in different networks and venues, such as the annual conferences of the American Society of Criminology and the European Society of Criminology, the Dutch and English networks on Cultural Criminology (with six national and international conferences held in London, Amsterdam and Utrecht), and the expansion of networks and curricular programmes in the fields of Globalisation and Crime, Green Criminology, or International Security.

The conference ‘Global Issues, Cultural Perspectives,’ pursues three main aims:

1) To promote and disseminate the work of young (PhD) researchers working in the fields of cultural and global criminology;

2) To exchange and update knowledge being produced by the growing mass of consolidated and starting researchers in the fields of global and cultural criminology, particularly in the areas of eco-crime, crimes of the powerful, transnational organized crime, international security, human rights, migration and media;

3) To encourage and facilitate new partnerships at research and educational levels between individuals or institutions working in the fields of cultural and global criminology.

The conference is organized by the Utrecht School of Law (UU) and is financially supported by the Erasmus+ DCGC program and its four main academic partners. It will be held over three days (27-29 June 2018), featuring four keynote speakers (first and last sessions, to be announced in February) and parallel panel sessions with a maximum of three presenters per panel.

The Keynote speakers are:

• Prof. Yvonne Jewkes (University of Kent)

• Prof. Stephanie Kane (Indiana University)

• Prof. Keith Hayward (University of Copenhagen)

• Prof. Máximo Sozzo (National University of the Littoral)

Next to the regular sessions, an event will be organised to facilitate potential (new or existing) collaborations between individuals or organizations in the fields of education and research on cultural and global criminology.

Submission of abstracts 

You are kindly invited to send panel proposals or individual paper abstracts (max. 200 words) before 1 April 2018. Presenters will be notified by 15 April 2018. Selected contributors will be invited to submit a paper after the conference for a Journal Special Issue and/or an edited book that will result from the conference. Please send your name, affiliation, address, title and abstract to: Tineke Hendrikse (


The registration fee is € 100.- and € 25.- for PhD candidates. For past and present DCGC candidates the conference is free. To complete registration, please send an email to Carin Schnitger ( before 15 April 2018 (Please mention the title of the conference, “Global Issues, Cultural Perspectives” in your email). The programme will be available mid May 2018.

For additional questions, please contact Damián Zaitch ( or Dina Siegel (

DCGC Candidates and their ‘Sociotechnical Perspectives for Criminology’

Screen Shot 2017-09-07 at 9.50.28 PMA recently published special issue of the Kriminologisches Journal, Sociotechical Perspectives for Criminologyfeatures the work of three DCGC candidates: Benedikt Lehmann (2nd cohort), Claudio Altenhain, and Stefano Mazzilli-Daechsel (both 3rd cohort). Edited by Dr Bettina Paul and Simon Egbert at the University of Hamburg, the issue shows how criminological research can benefit from the work done under the banner of science and technology studies (STS), a critical school of thought that challenges instrumentalist interpretations of technology and positivist philosophies of science.

Upcoming Criminology & Law Conferences 2017

Here are some of the criminology and law conferences to look forward to this year:

British Society of Criminology Annual Conference

Where: Sheffield Hallam University

When: 4 – 7 July

Call for Abstracts Deadline: 26 May


Critical Legal Conference: Catastrophe

Where: University of Warwick

When: 1 – 3 September

Call for Abstracts Deadline: 31 May


Law and Culture Conference

Where: St Mary’s University, London

When: 7 – 8 September

Call for Abstracts Deadline: 14 May


European Society of Criminology Annual Conference

Where: Cardiff University

When: 13 – 16 September

Call for Abstracts Deadline: 15 June

The DCGC’s Transatlantic November

The DCGC was well represented in this year’s American Society of Criminology (ASC) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and last week’s Common Session in Critical Criminology at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

At the ASC, candidates from the first, third, and fifth cohorts gave papers, but mostly cruised around town in search of breakfast, bourbon, live music, and cajun cookin’ (not necessarily in that order). NOLA delivered on all counts, not to mention its very agreeable summer-in-November weather.

????????????????????????????????????A special note of congratulations goes to Jordan Mazurek of the fifth cohort for receiving the Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASC’s Critical Criminology Division for his paper “Nemo’s Plight: Political Economy, Green-Cultural Criminology, and Fish Abuse.”

EPSON scanner imageOn the other side of the pond, the second Common Session of 2016 took place in the distinctly cooler city of Ghent. This time, the DCGC was represented by candidates from the third, fourth, and fifth cohorts. UGent’s Olga Petintseva and Tom Decorte put on a solid conference around the theme of ‘Regulating Pleasure.’ But the big takeaway, in two words: Belgian beer.

And speaking of transatlantic, the next Common Session will be held in New York City next May.