Cities, Crime and Disorder: A Dialogue between Urban Studies and Criminology

A symposium led by Rowland Atkinson (University of Sheffield) and Gareth Millington (University of York)

To be held at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, 14 and 15 September 2016

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The city has been central to the development of the field of criminology, it is both the site of the majority of many forms of crime and a type of social space that has generated many key insights into our understanding of why crime occurs and what the structural and social conditions and forces that shape the motivations of individuals and groups to pursue deviant careers or engage in harmful acts. The rationale for this symposium lies in our identification of the often disconnected ways in which criminology and urban studies have identified problems of crime, harm and disorder.

The symposium offers an opportunity for the presentation and discussion of critical analyses of social conflict, harm, disorder and crime that foreground the urban context (its spatialities, economies, social structures and divisions). The critical point of this symposium is to facilitate an exchange between critical criminology and critical urban studies.

Keynote speakers:

  • Eamonn Carrabine, Essex University (author of Crime, Culture and the Media)
  • Alexandra Hall, Teesside University
  • John Lea, University of Leicester (author of Crime and Modernity)

All participants must register via the on-line shop, which is now open. The registration fee is £60.00, to including lunch and refreshments, and there is an optional conference dinner of £30.00. We also have a limited number of PhD places at a reduced rate of £40.00. These are available on a first come, first served basis.

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The Programme and Abstracts are now available to view.