19th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology – Ghent – Ghent University: ConverGENT – Convergent roads, bridges and new pathways in criminology
The annual conferences of the Society provide an opportunity for the members to present papers on the results of their own research projects as well as learn about the research being done elsewhere in Europe. The conferences are also an occasion where the members can meet each other and discuss on mutual research interests; the meetings have already proved to be an important platform for new pan-European research initiatives.
At the annual conference a general assembly of the Society is convened to make decisions on the affairs of the Society and to give advice on the board members for their upcoming term.
Belgium is a relatively small country on the world map, yet it has among the highest density of criminologists and criminology students and played an important historical role in the development of different schools of thought.
Belgium also has something unique to offer as a meeting point for social scientists. Its complex political structure and its central location at the heart of institutional Europe draws the interests of political sciences. Because of its high population density, specific opportunity structure and growing diversity in the urban contexts, its cities constitute interesting social laboratories for criminologists.
The 19th conference of the ESC is an ideal moment to collectively reflect about what unifies and divides criminologists in the 21st century: roads, whether convergent or divergent, provide strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Some paths will be less trodden. Some (criminological) bridges are in desperate need of repair after years of dilapidation, other bridges have never been built strong enough to hold new ideas and pathways.
The organizing committee and the board of the ESC kindly invite you to take part in discussions on (cross)roads, bridges and new pathways in criminology.