A year ago, when I was a candidate to become President of the ESC, I wrote in this newsletter that one of my current research interests—and one of my concerns as a citizen and as a woman—was the increasing use of civil and administrative ordinances to criminalise statuses, behaviours, and situations in urban spaces. Recent efforts to forbid Muslim women to wear burqinis on European beaches vividly demonstrate the dangers and problems.
‘Europe’, wrote Susanne Karstedt last year in the pages of this newsletter, ‘is the birthplace of modern criminology.’ A standard narrative of criminology’s history might read as follows: Lombroso (setting aside all the misgivings the field harbours about him) was the first to apply the tools of science to the prediction of criminal behaviour.
The 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, entitled ‘Crime and Crime Control. Structures, Developments and Actors’, was held between 21-24 September 2016,. It was hosted by the Criminology Department in the Faculty of Law at Münster University. One thousand fifty participants attended the conference and created fruitful discussions throughout the 900 presentations.
The ESC is growing in members and in attendance at its annual conferences. European criminology has developed rapidly in recent decades, and despite many challenges, it is still growing. There are now several generations of European criminologists, many different working groups and networks, and many schools of thought and empirical and theoretical approaches. No doubt, the ESC has played a major role in these developments.