Early bird registration and the second call for papers for the BSC annual conference 2014 to be held at the University of Liverpool 9-12th July 2014 end 30 April 2014.
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Main conference 10-12 July 2014 (preceded by a postgraduate conference on 9 July)
Keynote Speakers
  • Professor Raewyn Connell (University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Professor Chris Cunneen (The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia)
  • Professor Didier Fassin (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA)

Postgraduate bursaries - the BSC in conjunction with our current sponsors Hart Publishing, the Howard League for Penal Reform, the HEA and the Home Office and Ministry of Justice are offering the chance for a number of postgraduates to attend the conference free of charge.   The Home Office and Ministry of Justice favour research in their domains using primarily quantitative methods.  The Howard League sponsorship requires membership of the Howard League as well as the BSC.  All other bursaries are open.

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Conference Theme/Title

The overarching conference theme/title is Crime, Justice, Welfare: Can the Metropole Listen?
Criminology, like other core social science disciplines, reflects a tendency to over-write the metropolitan experiences of the Northern hemisphere. Criminology’s starting point, therefore, is based upon the continual attempt to reinvent, improve, or make more just, a ‘rule of law’ society in the image of the hegemon. Such over-writing takes its toll on the ‘discipline’ in multi-faceted ways, all of which tend to contribute to hegemonic epistemologies and practices that serve to marginalise different ways of thinking about, and engaging with, an alternative criminological enterprise.
Taking as its starting point the intrinsic connections between crime, welfare and (in)justice, the Liverpool conference will examine the counter-hegemonic potential of criminology, and explore how it might give ‘voice’ to those that stand outside the dominant narratives of the metropole.

Conference Venue

The conference will primarily be held at the University’s Foresight Centre which is based in one of the city's most impressive Grade II listed buildings; a site of great architectural significance. The award-winning Centre is an accredited conference venue with the Meetings Industry Association:

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 11th July in the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral - The Crypt Hall.
A 3 course dinner will be served by award-winning caterers Pickled Walnut.
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