Barcelona 2019 - 47th EG CONFERENCE

Victor Serri/ Setmanari La Directa)


European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

47th Annual Conference

 Can Batlló, Barcelona, 4, 5, 6 September 2019


[image/photo: Victor Serri/ Setmanari La Directa]





Opening of the registration period: 20 February 2019/ Deadline: 20 April 2019


Across the globe, there has been an undoubtable evolution of the intimate bond between states and corporations. The impacts have been prolific: as state-corporate power increases, the social, economic and political wellbeing of populations and ecosystems has degenerated greatly in many areas. Political repression has ensued across regions of resistance. Whilst wealth has increased for a minority elite, violent economic policies continue to inflict social, economic, emotional and political harms against some of the most powerless in society. Meanwhile, so-called ‘globalisation’ often imposes market totalisation: an essentially colonial dynamic to manage populations through the mechanisms of warfare and social control. Indeed, we are increasingly seeing the militarisation of police forces and borders, with armies patrolling the provinces of world ‘geoeconomics’: life becomes privatised, and death is outsourced.

In response to these shifts, the 2019 Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control will beheld in Barcelona. Our objective is to give voice to those who resist, and offer the means to collaborate towards the collective construction of an insurrectional theory based on a variety of practical experiences. This is a chance to expand on a theory and practice which is based on the legitimate right to a dignified life. A theory to pull down the walls between discourses and struggles for justice, thus dissolving the divide between so-called ‘knowledge production’ and social organisation: it is always the latter what facilitates the former. We look forward to taking this opportunity to build activist and research agendas in this direction. 

We particularly encourage papers and panels that draw together activism and academia, and bring to the table examples of where toolkits or actions for resistance have been successful – or not. We aim to build a mutual learning environment within which attendees and speakers can develop ideas to move forward in various areas across the spectrum of social inequality and multiple oppressions or violence.


The call for contributions is organized under streams pertaining to the titles of the European Group’s Working Groups. Please submit a summary of your contribution (máx. 600 words) to the relevant stream by 20 April 2019.