Braga 2016

Call for Papers EG-Conference 2016 





Economic Crisis and Crime: From Global North to Global South 

44thAnnual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control 

University of Minho 

Braga, Portugal 

1th, 2nd  and 3rd September 2016 


Although economic crisis is a global phenomenon, southern countries of Europe have been particularly affected. In Portugal, for example, quality of life has considerably decreased and the crisis has intensified exclusion, homelessness, emigration and enforced poverty.  


Taking into account the different realities of the crisis in the countries of the global north and south, this conference calls for papers exploring various manifestations of the crisis in different sectors of the criminal justice system and other public services. The conference will seek to address the following questions:  


Are patterns of crisis different in northern and southern Europe? Are state control and forms of resistance to the crisis different between the north and the south of Europe? How can we promote social justice in times of crisis? How can scholars contribute to reducing social inequality and the policies that promote social exclusion? How are activists and social movements dealing with the crisis in different countries? How can we involve citizens in the fight against state violence? 


We welcome papers on the themes below which reflect the general values and principles of the European Group. Please forward short abstracts of 150-300 words to the relevant stream coordinators by 30th of April 2016. 

For all general enquiries please contact Luísa Saavedra at For questions about the European Group, please contact the EG co-ordinator Ida Nafstad at





Fear and looting in the periphery: Approaching global crime and harm in (and from) the south(s) [Working group in progress) 

  • Theoretical development of state-corporate crime and social  harm on / from the south(s) 

  • Complex relations and connections between north and south.  

  • International financial agencies, debt and the production of crime and harm. 

  • Geographical production of crime and harm 

  • Resistance from the south(s) 

  • What is to be done about state-corporate crime? 

  • Post-colonial criminology   


Crimes of the Powerful Working Group Stream 

  • Corporate and State crimes/harms/violence 

  • Resistance, contestationandclasswar 

  • Economic, physical, emotionaland social costsof crimes ofthepowerful 

  • Power, harm, corruptionandviolence in institutions 

  • Eco-harmsand green criminology 

  • Criminal justice, civil law, critical legal perspectivesand social justice 


Social harm/Zemiology [Working group in progress) 

  • Social harms of the financial crisis, recession and austerity 

  • Social harms of neo-liberalism and other forms of social organization 

  • Social harms of criminalization 

  • Social harms of ‘war on terror’ (criminal justice and social policy interventions) 

  • Social harms of border control 

  • Social harms relating to gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity etc. 

  • Methodological, epistemological, theoretical issues   



Prison, Punishment and Detention Working Group Stream 

  • Resistance to control and prison 

  • Immigration detention and forced removal 

  • Prison and surveillance 

  • Surveillance outside the prison 

  • Semi-penalinstitutions 

  • Punishmentandstructuralviolence 

  • Genderisation of practices between prisons  

  • The institutional genderisation of inmates 

  • Gendered Violence in Prison 



Policing and Security Working Group Stream  

Post-crash policing: developments, implications and possibilities for resistance 

  • Post-crash intensificationofcoercionandsurveillance: criminalizingresistance 

  • Policing the crisis in southern Europe: developments and comparisons 

  • Capitalism, pacification and post-crash policing 

  • Containing the police counterattack: problems and prospects for police accountability  

  • Citizens, activists, communities, movements: possibilities for resistance and alternative political programs 




Criminalizing children and young people 

  • From marginalization to crime 

  • Institutional violence in the care system for children and young people  

  • Regulating the behavior of youth 

  • Comparative perspectives in youth justice