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British Society of Criminology Annual Conference 2009 - 29 June to 1 July

Starts: 29 June 2009
Ends:  1 July 2009

The British Society of Criminology’s 2009 annual conference is being hosted jointly by the University of Glamorgan and Cardiff University. Situated in the prestigious and beautiful venue of Cardiff’s City Hall, the theme for the conference is a “A ‘Mirror’ or a ‘Motor’? What is Criminology For?” It is a title designed to provoke and challenge delegates to think about the role of their research and the extent to which they aim to ‘reflect’ as accurately as possible the complexities of crime and its governance in contemporary societies, or alternatively, whether research should seek to actively shape and influence the constitution of society. The plenary addresses to the conference on this theme will be given by Professors Lawrence Sherman and Gary Marx.

The conference organisers have included a number of ‘set piece’ events in the programme including:
• ‘Knowledge in practice’ seminars – where the ‘murky’ process of utilising and implementing research findings will be investigated;
• ‘Regional criminology’ – looking at developments in Criminology specifically in Wales, Scotland and Ireland;
• Author meets reader sessions – where some key recent texts will be put ‘under the spotlight’;
• Methods workshops – looking in detail at recent innovations in qualitative and quantitative methods;
• Postgraduate research conference – preceding the start of the main conference.

The main content of the conference is organised around ten key streams:
• Public Criminology and Criminology’s Publics;
• Community safety, regulation and governance;
• Serious and organised crime;
• Policing change and changing policing;
• Punishment, rehabilitation and social control;
• Young people, crime and justice;
• Alcohol, drugs and crime;
• Structures and processes in criminal justice;
• Representations and technologies of crime and crime control;
• Violent and property crime.

Those interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit individual papers, poster presentations or panels for inclusion in the conference programme related to these stream titles. Instructions for submitting papers, posters and panels are available from the conference website, where details about accommodation packages can also be found.

As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is a vibrant and varied city, with something for everyone, from ‘high culture’ to ‘hip nightclubs’, and major sporting venues to the majesty of the Brecon Beacons. Indeed, many of the City’s key attractions may look strangely familiar, having featured prominently in the TV shows ‘Dr Who’ and ‘Torchwood.’ City Hall, the main venue for the 2009 conference, is located in the picturesque Civic Centre, meaning that delegates will have easy access to all that Cardiff can offer. It is also well connected both nationally and internationally through the rail network and Cardiff International Airport.


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Open To: Staff and Students