Upcoming Common Session

This page aims to provide information on upcoming sessions. For previous sessions, please refer to “Past Common Sessions”


We regret to inform you that the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) has cancelled all community events, including international conferences.

ELTE has set up an Epidemiological Operative Coordinating Body which makes binding decisions to all faculties and the whole institution. The Epidemiological Operative Coordinating Body ordered to cancel all extracurricular community events, including international conferences. Following this binding decision, the Dean of the Faculty of Law at ELTE has cancelled the Common Session due to take place at ELTE this April. We regret that this decision had to be made, however we understand that this is the responsible decision to serve public health, the safety of conference participants and to avoid unnecessary last-minute cancellation costs.We understand that this decision has financial implications to many staff and students. In order to help you with reimbursement procedures, please find below the official confirmation of cancellation signed on behalf of the Faculty of Law. 

The next Common Session will take place in Budapest from the 8 to the 10 of April at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University, ELTE (1053 Budapest, Egyetem tér 1-3.). The theme is Social Struggles, Activism and Criminology.

This Common Session focuses on social struggles that are corollaries of an increasingly unequal and ambiguous world, and it also examines the question of criminology’s public roles and of criminological engagement related to them. How can criminology, apart from understanding the social world, contribute to a more just society? Is there a way for the criminological imagination to challenge the contemporary social, cultural, political and economic patterns and ease the pain on the local level by engaging with struggles for social and legal justice? If there is, could an ‘activist criminology’ play a role in dissolving the boundaries separating production of knowledge and activism? What would the methodological implications be?

Papers exploring the different aspects of criminology, activism and social struggles on a wide range of related topics are welcome. For instance: criminalization, environmental and social harms, resistance and social movements, crimes of the powerful, the rise of populist and authoritarian governments and its implications for penal populism, proliferation of surveillance technologies and its effects on social control, social exclusion, everyday lives and struggles of marginalized people and social groups, victimization and intersectionality, difficulties of the universal acceptance of human rights, academia and activism, methodological considerations.

Please deliver the following information no later than March 8th to csbudapest2020@gmail.com

  • list of your respective staff and student delegation
  • titles and abstracts of those who wish to present at the conference

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions: csbudapest2020@gmail.com

Additional information

Metro lines and stations near the University:

M3 – Kálvin tér, Ferenciek tere
From Budapest Airport take bus line 200E (tickets 350 HUF, and other travelcard options) to Nagyvárad tér metro station for metro line M3.
Bus line 100E is a direct shuttle service to the city from the airport, although regular tickets or travelcards are not excepted. A single ticket is 900 HUF for this line. https://www.bud.hu/en/passengers/transport/public_transportation/budapest_public_transportation

M2 – Astori
M4 – Kálvin tér, Fővám tér
For more information on public transport and tickets please visit https://bkk.hu/en/news/

Suggested accommodations in Budapest:

Social events:

There will be the usual welcome event on the 7th of April (location and details will be announced soon).