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[liberationtech] Call for articles for the inaugural issue of Criminological Encounters
lucas.melgaco at vub.ac.be
Mon Feb 8 06:05:07 PST 2016
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*Call for Articles*
* Issue 1 - "Introducing Criminological Encounters"*
Criminological Encounters is a new international, interdisciplinary and
open-access journal that aims to facilitate critical dialogues between
scholars of criminology and our interlocutors in other social, academic,
and professional domains about contemporary issues of crime, harm,
in/justice, law, and society.
Criminology is famously described as a rendezvous discipline: a meeting
place for the established disciplines of the social sciences and
humanities, as well as the exact and natural sciences. At the same time
criminology can be considered as a self-established, standalone discipline
with transdiciplinary origins. The underdetermined character of criminology
in these times of heightened sensitivities to issues of crime and
in/security makes it a challenging but also exciting field of study. This
journal understands criminology as a discipline of encounters: encounters
both in the sense of constructive dialogues as well as confrontations
around given subjects. These confrontations are at times intellectual in
nature, and at others are more explicitly political. This journal also
considers criminology as not only the science for the study and
understanding of crime and its causes and consequences but also as a
discipline that is dedicated to research on conflicts and other social
issues from a holistic perspective.
Forthcoming issues within Criminological Encounters will focus on thematic
topics and feature competing and complimentary perspectives around these
themes. This could be, for example, an encounter between criminologists and
sociologists, or between health scholars and nutritionists on the topic of
“food in prison”. It could be an encounter between criminologists and urban
sociologists, geographers and urban studies scholars on topics like
“conflict in public spaces”, “border control and crimmigration”,
“electronic monitoring”, “youth delinquency”, and so on.
The journal is, however, not limited to interdisciplinary dialogues but
also includes debates between scientists and practitioners (e.g.
criminology scholars and law enforcement agents), between criminologists
from the “Global North” and criminologists from the “Global South”, or
between different criminological methodologies (e.g. qualitative versus
quantitative) and theoretical schools of thought (e.g. Foucauldian versus
Marxist). Many different encounters are thus possible.
While the issues of this journal focus on thematic topics, its very first
issue, scheduled for publication in fall 2016, will take its title
“Criminological Encounters” as the subject of scrutiny. Authors are
encouraged to submit papers that address one of the many possibilities of
criminological encounters. We accept both theoretical reflections and
empirical contributions that are in line with, but not limited to, the
· The dialogues between criminology and given disciplines: e.g.
criminology and geography, criminology and law, criminology and political
· The dialogues between criminology scholars and practitioners: e.g.
criminology and law enforcement agents, criminology and policy makers;
· The encounter between competing research methods: e.g. qualitative
versus quantitative approaches in criminology;
· The encounter between competing theories or between different schools of
thought: e.g. critical versus positivistic criminology; American versus
European criminology; criminology from the “Global South” and criminology
from the “Global North”;
· The essence of criminology as a standalone discipline amid its different
· Criminology as the science for the studies of conflicts;
· “Criminological encounters”: authors are invited to present other
possibilities of interpretation of such encounters;
We appeal to authors from different disciplinary backgrounds who – given
their research subjects – are seeking a dialogue with criminology. These
encounters between different intellectual school of thoughts and competing
paradigms set the stage for intra- or interdisciplinary dialogues about an
array of topics. And it is exactly these conversations that we set out to
present in this journal.
Submissions in English of a minimum of 6,000 and a maximum of 9,000 words
(notes and bibliographic references included) should be sent before May
22nd, 2016 through the online submission link on the journal webpage. All
articles will pass a double blind review process and authors can expect
feedback on their submission within 3 months.
Looking forward to receiving your contribution.
The editorial team
Researcher and lecturer
Dept. of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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