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ESC Working Group on Victimology
The European Society of Criminology (ESC) Working Group on Victimology was established in 2013 to facilitate contact between victimological scholars. In the past 3 years, numerous panel sessions at each ESC conference have been organised; networking and cooperation between victimological scholars have been enhanced; new research lines have been set forth and cooperation on numerous European projects have been facilitated. Currently, the group consists of nearly 70 members active in the field of victimology and the group is continuously growing.
This year in Muenster we have organised 5 sessions that are very much in line with the current victimological debate, with a total of 19 presentations given by members of our Working Group. The panel themes are: Victimology and Restorative Justice, Victimology and Gender; Policy-oriented Victimology; Narrative Victimology and Theoretical Victimology.
The Working Group is currently also in the final stages of finishing a COST Action proposal on cultural victimology. COST is a networking subsidy that provides financial means for a period of four years to stimulate cooperation and networking between partners in Europe. This COST Action intends to understand the mediating an moderating influence of cultural constructs on victimology which will help improve our understanding of the extent to which the current victimological knowledge base can be generalised from the types of victimisation and geographical locations that have been relatively extensively studied to elsewhere. A greater grasp of this complexity in return will offer greater insight into the underlying causal factors of this current research base, as well as offer new perspectives and lines of inquiry.
We welcome new members to the Working Group and invite all interested researchers to join our meeting at the start of the ESC conference (for more details see the conference programme). Members who are interested in joining our COST proposal or would like more information about the group, please contact us at a.pemberton [at] uvt.nl or p.g.m.vaneck [at] uvt.nl. You can find the Working Group also on Facebook and Twitter.
Antony Pemberton is full professor of Victimology at the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), Tilburg University in Tilburg, the Netherlands and director of INTERVICT. Antony is the chair of this Working Group.
Pauline Aarten is Assistant Professor at INTERVICT, Tilburg University in Tilburg, the Netherlands and the secretary of this Working Group.