Vom 25.-26. Juni 2015 findet an der VU University Amsterdam die International Cultural Criminology Conference ‘The Other’ statt. Als Hauptreferenten sind die Soziologen/ Kriminologen Jack Katz und Jeff Ferrell angekündigt.
Auf der Konferenzseite rufen die Veranstalter zur Einreichung von Abstracts auf.
In defining, categorizing, labelling and targeting offenders, criminologists try to get a grip on crime. Important studies such as ‘Outsiders’ (Howard Becker, 1963), ‘The Established and the Outsiders’ (Norbert Elias & John Scotson, 1965) and ‘The Exclusive Society’ (Jock Young 1999) have pointed to mechanisms that help understand why studying ‘the other’ is key to criminology, as well as to other social sciences. ‘The other’ changes over time, he or she has qualities that relate to history and structure. How do we find out and learn about ‘the other’? Is ‘the other’ remote or close, alien or in every one of us? Why a ’selfie‘?
- Jack Katz (UCLA, USA), author of ´Seductions of Crime´ (1988), the monumental book at the root of Cultural Criminology. He has written books and articles on methodology for qualitative sociologists. His current crime-related research is into episodes of anarchy and into intimate massacres (some of which ‘school shootings’).
- Jeff Ferrell (Texas Christian University, USA/University of Kent, UK) is one of the leading names in Cultural Criminology. Among his many books is Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, written with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, and winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology.
In his keynote, Jack Katz will take the approach he used at a micro level and apply it to collective behavior in ‚episodes of anarchy‘, examining events in Los Angeles in spring, 1992 (the ‚Rodney King riots‘) as a case study. The emphasis will be on the distinctive interactions through which participants interpret actions of the generalized, anonymous, collective other to start, sustain and cease engaging in the events usually glossed as ‚riots‘.
In his keynote, Jeff Ferrell will look at ‘the other’ as a cultural and legal construction, that hides the lived experiences of marginalized groups in two ways: first, through the hyper-visibility of mediated caricatures that mask and distort such human experiences, and second, through the invisibility of such experiences as they are pushed outside of public space and public life. Because of this, finding ‘the other’ requires critical engagement with mediated dynamics and visual cultures, but also new forms of ethnographic research attuned to invisibility and absence – methods that we might call ‘ghost ethnography’ or ‘interstitial ethnography’.
Standard academic: 220 Euro
PhD student: 75 Euro
Within days we will provide links for registration and payment.
Please send your abstract to Frank van Gemert (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cultural Criminology papers on other themes (not ‘the other’) are also welcome.