18th November 2013

Crime, Justice, Welfare: Can the Metropole Listen?

The University of Liverpool, England

10-12 July 2014

(preceded by a postgraduate conference on 9 July)

In 2014, the British Society of Criminology conference will be hosted by the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Law and Social Justice, The University of Liverpool.

Conference Title/Theme

The overarching conference title/theme 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 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.

Keynote Speakers

Three leading international scholars have been confirmed to present keynote addresses:


Professor Raewyn Connell – University of Sydney, Australia: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/about/staff/profiles/raewyn.connell.php

Professor Chris Cunneen – The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia: http://www.jcu.edu.au/law/staff/JCUPRD1_073482.html

Professor Didier Fassin – Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA – http://www.ias.edu/people/faculty-and-emeriti/fassin

Conference Venue

Based within the legendary city of Liverpool, the University is one of the great centres of research, knowledge and innovation: http://www.liv.ac.uk/about/

The conference will primarily be held at the University’s award winning Foresight Centre which is based in one of the city’s most impressive Grade II listed buildings; a site of great architectural significance.

The conference dinner will be held in the magnificent Crypt Hall in the Metropolitan Cathedral: http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/venue-hire/the-crypt-hall/

Call for Papers and Conference Registration

The call for papers and conference registration will open on January 2, 2014.

To register your interest and to be added to the conference mailing list please email: bsc2014@liverpool.ac.uk

Further information

Further information about the conference, contact information, travelling to and from Liverpool, accommodation and registration can be found at: http://www.liv.ac.uk/law-and-social-justice/conferences/bsc/