Prisons, policing, life-course criminology, economic crime and state crime are major issues at the macro-, meso- or micro-level of criminological research. They are also of significant interest for practitioners and in criminal policy. Under the umbrella of ‘Crime
and Crime Control’, a key link of modern criminology, these topics form the plenary programme of the 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology in Münster. We are very happy that excellent scholars such as Alison Liebling, Thomas Feltes, Robert Sampson, Manuel Eisner, Wim Huisman and Alette Smeulers have agreed to give plenary talks.
Almost everybody has made the experience that after good plenary talks there is not enough time left for further discussion.
For this reason we have set up six Follow-Up-Panels to deepen the discussion about the plenaries’ topics. All in all 18 renowned as well as up-and-coming criminologists have agreed to comment on the plenary talks while also bringing in their own research experience.
In 2015, Europe was faced with the influx of an unprecedented number of refugees. While European countries have taken new measures to prevent and deter refugees from reaching their shores, the number of people who are ready to risk their lives to come to Europe remains high. In a Special President’s Panel, Frieder Dünkel has invited May-Len Skilbrei, Dario Melossi and Wilhelm Heitmeyer to discuss the implications of the migration crisis for criminology and criminal policy.
Aside from the talks given by the ESC president and the local organisers, there will only be two welcome addresses at the opening plenary: One by Ursula Nelles, the rector of the host university, and one given by Alexandra Jour-Schroeder from the European Commission (Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers) who will outline keystones of the European Union’s penal and legal policy.
A major characteristic of ESC conferences is that the continuous activities of the 23 ESC working groups form the backbone of every conference programme, and that almost all participants are active contributors. Without their numerous presentations the conference could not be a success.
For Friday night, we would like to invite all participants to come together at the farewell dinner and thereafter the conference
party. The conference party will be free of charge and will have live music.
Enjoy the conference and the academic atmosphere in the university town of Münster!
The Local Organisers and the Scientific Committee
The Criminology Department at the University of Münster