British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Conference 9-10 July 2014

Hosted by the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Law and Social Justice, The University of Liverpool

(Main Conference from 10-12 July)

Keynote Speakers for Postgraduate Conference

Professor Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool and Chair of the British Journal of Criminology.

Anita Dockley, Research Director for the Howard League for Penal Reform.

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.

We are welcoming abstracts for papers and posters on themes from across the criminological spectrum including papers discussing methodological issues.

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 Wednesday 9 July at the Liner Hotel.

A three-course dinner will be served and is inclusive of the conference ticket price.


Postgraduate accommodation will be in the Travel Lodge, Central The Strand - The Strand, Liverpool L2 0PP

Added Extras

All postgraduate delegates will be given free entry to the first day of the main conference on 10 July.

To download the postgraduate conference flyer please click here.