The Fall meeting of the Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology (CSP) was held at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Vilnius University in Lithuania from 28 till 30 November. The theme of this edition was ‘Normalisation of emergent deviances: Re-building ‘The Brave New World’? The welcome event was on Sunday when most participants arrived in the beautiful capital city of Lithuania. The city was covered in snow and the Christmas atmosphere made it all complete. On Monday we started with the opening ceremony with welcome speeches and keynote presentations. In the afternoon, panel presentations from students and PhDs gave a variety on different interesting research topics. Tuesday started also with panel presentations from the students. After the lunchbreak a panel discussion with the statement ‘All quit on the criminology frontiers?’ was held with staff members of the different universities. The last day started with a Lithuanian keynote speaker on illicit financial flows and asset recovery. The formal programme was closed with a physical metaphor of handing over ‘the Common Study Sessions wooden stick’ for the next organizing university in the Spring of 2023.
Of course the informal programme intertwinned with the formal programme. The nice and joyful lunches, dinners and after parties supplemented the joy of being together with this group of inspiring academics from all over Europe and beyond.
The Common Study Programme is a collaboration between universities and now consists of fifteen universities in Europe and the United States who alternately host semi-annual conferences.
The next Common Study Programme will be in Hamburg from 15-17 May 2023. More information can be found at https://commonstudyprogramme.net/