Welcome to the September newsletter of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. We’ve missed you!
We hope everyone is doing well through these continuously trying times. It has been a long summer and we took a step back from the newsletter to focus on various other things related to the Group. Some of these are outlined in this video recording and hope they are helpful:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apzHSbv2OsY
The most imminent point to make is that, in collaboration with colleagues in Turin, we have decided to cancel any plans for holding the conference there in December. The reasons for this are threefold: firstly, continued changes in Covid spikes mean there is increased potential that there may be further ‘lockdowns’ and border closures and thus travel may not be possible; secondly, to alleviate pressure on our colleagues in Turin and on working group co-ordinators during a tough time, and while so many changes are happening at universities (with increased work pressures in and outside of universities) and; thirdly since many institutions have restricted or eradicated funding for conferences, it may have a negative impact on those who might most need financial support. It is truly with a heavy heart that we collectively decided this – the annual conference is a yearly highlight for us and a chance for everyone to regroup thoughts and friendships. We instead hope to carry on in September next year, and will be in touch further down the line with details.
That said, as the recording outlines, a lot of activity has been going on with the steering committee and the journal committee who have kept things going as we move toward a partnership with Policy Press for ‘Justice, Power and Resistance’. The new editorial team has been doing an amazing job, so thanks to Jon Burnett, Lisa White and Ida Nafstad on this. A huge thanks goes also to Monish Bhatia and Patrick Williams on their input as editors over the years, and Steve Tombs for supporting our work in this development.
Huge thanks also to everyone who contributed information on Covid-19 social controls and law changes. We continue to work with Statewatch on their new website to get this going and may transfer also to the EG site.
As it seems so long that we have gotten together, this update could go on much longer!
Instead, we’ll leave you to read the excellent contributions this month, watch the regrouping video (if you have 10 minutes free, hard to find these days!) and look after yourselves.
Take care – in solidarity
Vicky, Dani and Katja