Hamburg Spring 2010

Conference Theme: Governing Crime – Surveillance – Resistance


High control societies are here to stay: CCTV has invaded not only police stations and prisons, but also workplaces and even kindergartens in the form of nanny cams. Implanting RFID-chips is being discussed in the case of prisoners or asylum seekers, and electronic shackles are commonplace in probation. Biometric technologies are used for access control, be it at airports or in the form of biometric data on passports; they even serve as a mode of payment in supermarkets. Drug testing is growing in the field of health as in that of crime control – with the providers of testing equipment sometimes simultaneously offering gadgets for testing result manipulation. Consumer data can be used for “social sorting” and profiling, thus producing new forms of normality and new fields of governmental intervention. New legislation underlines these processes, giving way to a pre-crime penology and forms of government in the name of

Technologies of surveillance can also be used for counter surveillance, e.g. video cameras in cell phones for cop-watching. The government of crime may incite forms of self-government, but it can also provoke, and be confronted by, several forms of resistance.

The conference aims to discuss possibly new features of these regimes of surveillance and of governing crime, disorder, disturbance, deviance while focusing in particular on the strugglesand breaches they involve.

Questions to be discussed may be: who are the subjects of control and of resistance? Are there any options in escaping from the iron cage of bondage? What kind of soft forms of control can be perceived, are there new forms of repression and exclusion? Are the control regimes being accepted? How does resistance work today? Are there social movements? What is the role of law and (human) rights? Does gender matter in the experiences and forms of control? Is criminology exploring these issues sufficiently or is it still bound by a self restricting orientation toward penal law?

The Common Session will provide space for various forms of presentations on these issues: through paper presentations; the presentations of master theses or dissertations; discussion panels; poster presentations; special panels on criminological practice and excursions.


19 April – 21 April 2010 (nb. There will be an opening reception the evening of the 18th and optional tours and excursions on the 22nd)


Institut für Kriminologische Sozialforschung (Institute for Criminological Research)

Conference Address:

Allende Platz 1

20146 Hamburg



The conference is limited to members of the twelve member Universities and invited guests only.  Unfortunately, registration is not possible for members of the public or non-affiliated Universities.  If you are not part of an affiliated University but wish to attend future conferences you may wish to consider enrolling in a related degree programme or pursuing an Erasmus or Overseas exchange programme at one of the participating Universities.  Registration for students of the respective Universities is handled locally by the staff representatives, so contact your own staff for specific details and requirements in the first instance.

Local Accommodations:

About nine people could stay within flats of other students from Hamburg! If you are interested in this special form of private accommodation please contact:

Stephanie Meins (


Hotel Bee Fang, Kirchenallee 26, 20099 Hamburg (St. Georg, close to the central railway station, about 15 Minutes to the University)

Special prices for the Common Session! Everyone who is interested in staying there please contact Helge Beer ( until 31st of January!

3x 5-Bedrooms, 31,– € per Person and Night (incl. breakfast)

2x 4- Bedrooms, 32,– € per Person and Night (incl. breakfast)

3x 3- Bedrooms, 33,– € per Person and Night (incl. breakfast)

Wi-Fi offered.

If you prefer single or double rooms, you can contact the hotel directly:,, 0049(0)40/245 862


Pension Schmidt, Holzdamm 14, 20099 Hamburg (also St. Georg, 15 min. to the University)

4-bedroom (private bath) 103,– per night (without breakfast)

3-bedroom (private bath) 85,– per night (without breakfast)

2-bedroom (private bath) 67,– per night (without breakfast)

2-bedroom (shared bath) 57,– per night (without breakfast)

Single (shared bath) 37,– per night (without breakfast)

Breakfast from 7-8 €, No internet

Contact:,, 0049(0)40/243705


instant sleep – backpacker hostel, Max-Brauer-Allee 277, 22769 Hamburg (“Schanzenviertel”, 25 min by foot from the University)

Rooms from 12,– € (8- or 9-bedroom) – 37,– € (single, kingsize bed) per person/night

No breakfast, but fully equipped kitchen

Contact:,, 0049(0)40/43182310


Schanzenstern Übernachtungshaus, Bartelsstraße 12, 20357 Hamburg (“Schanzenviertel”, 25 min by foot from the University)

Rooms from 19,– € (5 bedroom ) –  38,50 € (single) per person/night

breakfast from 4,50 – 6,50 €

Contact:,, 0049(0)40/4398441


Backpackers St. Pauli, Bernstorffstraße 98, 22767 Hamburg (St. Pauli, 30 min. by foot to the University)

Rooms from 19,50 € (8 bedroom) – 30,– € (doblerroom) per person/night

Linen and towel could be lend

Contact:,, 0049(0)40/23517043


Other (potentially more expensive) Hostels and Hotels:

Hotels can also be found at:

Hotel Bellmoor:

Moorweidenstraße 34, 20146 Hamburg, (040) 41 33 11-0

Local Travel Tips:

Arriving by air: take tram (S-Bahn) S1 to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (about 25 Minutes).

Arriving by train: To Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof or Hamburg-Dammtor (ICE-Strecke). From the Station Hamburg-Dammtor it is a ten minutes walk (see map). Both stations are als0 connected to the buses 4 and 5 (Stop “Grindelhof”).

Public transport: see: or Online-timetable:

Buses: 4 and 5 to „Grindelhof“

  • S11, S21 and S31 to „Bahnhof Dammtor“ U-Bahn: Linie U1 bis Haltestelle Hallerstraße; the Bus 5 or by foot
  • U2 to „Schlump“; then Bus 4 or by foot
  • U3 to „Hoheluftbrücke“; then Bus 5

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Travel Restrictions:

Non-EU nationals should consult their embassy


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