Porto Spring 2016


4th-6th May, 2016

The program: finalprogram2(1)



School of Criminology – Faculty of Law of the University of Porto

Rua dos Bragas, 223

4050-123 Porto



“Preparing critical criminology for the next 20 years’


The School of Criminology of Porto is turning 20 years. The last 20 years have brought a number of social, political and economic changes to western societies, and its impact on what is considered crime and deviance and organized ways to respond to it: terrorism, migration, cybercrime in all its forms and consequent cyber-surveillance to all citizens, the war on terror and the securitary drive.

At the same time, there has been significant scientific changes in the field of Criminology, especially Critical Criminology. One of the most striking is the disappearance, in the last years, of several renowned and deeply cherished scholars and thinkers such as Louk Hulsman, Alessandro Baratta, Jock Young, Patrick Hebberecht, Nils Christie, Stanley Cohen, who allowed for a transfiguration of mainstream Criminology.

Looking ahead at the next 20 years, how can we anticipate the influence these scholars might have on future topics or streams of research in Critical Criminology? Should Critical Criminology use what these scholars taught (concepts, theories, methods) to try to understand what the future holds in terms of researching crime and social control in western societies? How are we to do that?


The Spring 2016 CS intend to think about the next 20 years while recalling and updating what has been produced over the last 20, especially by those who were recently departed. More than a tribute, it is the continuing of a long-lasting practice of critique, dissent and critical analysis of the world we live in.


We welcome all papers dealing broadly with the proposed topic. Titles and abstracts should be sent to rfaria@direito.up.pt until April, 15th.


Practical information


About Porto: http://www.visitporto.travel/Visitar/Paginas/default.aspx


How to get to Porto

You can fly to Porto from most of the European main airports. For instance, Ryan Air operates in Porto so you’ll probably be able to find low cost flights. Porto’s airport is called Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro. Once in Porto, you can travel to and from the airport directly by bus, Metro or taxi. The easiest and cheapest way (less than € 2) is to travel by Metro. Just use the purple line E to travel to your hotel or to the Faculty (stop: Lapa or Trindade). You can also fly to Lisbon Airport. And from there take the Alfa Pendular or the Intercidades train, which take around 3 to 4 hours to get to Porto.


Where to stay in Porto

In the last years, a growing number of places provide Airbnb services, at affordable prices, so just access the site and try a brief search. If you prefer, there are several hostels that can host groups. Here you can find some suggestions close to the Common Sessions venue.

Information about student hostels is to be found here: hostels


The social program: social program(1)


Farewell dinner party

A farewell dinner + dancing party will take place on May, 6th, right at the heart of the nighttime street life. Cost per person: €20, including appetizers, main course and a range of free drinks during dinner. Please fill in the following form until April, 15th please: http://goo.gl/forms/f5PuOlJAnS