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Dear colleagues,


Please find below the announcement of the inaugural issue of the journal Criminological Encounters and a call for papers for our second issue.


All my best,



Lucas Melgaço

Dept. of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)



New article: Firmino, R., Melgaço, L., & Kloza, D. (2018). The spatial bonds of WikiLeaks. Government Information Quarterly35(3). DOI: 10.1016/j.giq.2018.05.005







We proudly present the inaugural issue of Criminological Encounters

Criminological Encounters is a new international, interdisciplinary, double blind peer-reviewed, digital, and open-access journal in the field of criminology. With this new venue for discussion, we aim to facilitate critical dialogues between scholars of criminology, and of other relevant domains.




Why Criminological Encounters?

The fundamental idea behind this journal is that of "encountering". An "encounter" evokes the idea of solidary gatherings, moments to get together and build common projects as well as moments of confrontation. The encounters we intend to foment here include:

  • Dialogues between criminology and other disciplines;
  • Dialogues between criminology scholars and practitioners;
  • Encounters between competing research methods, theories or between different schools of thought: e.g. qualitative versus quantitative approaches; critical versus positivistic criminology; American versus European criminology; criminology from the “Global South” and from the “Global North”.



Introducing Criminological Encounters
by L. Melgaço, A. Nuytiens and T. Bauwens
Read the editorial here.


"Hobocops": Undercover Policing's Deceptive Encounters

by J. Monaghan and K. Walby

The inaugural issue of Criminological Encounters opens with an analysis by Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby of an undercover police technique called "hobocops", in which police officers disguise themselves as homeless in an attempt to issue tickets to distracted drivers.
Read the full article here.



Understanding Fear and Unease in Open Domains: Toward a Typology for Deviant Behaviour in Public Space

by S.F. Meyer

This article promotes an encounter between criminology and urban studies by presenting a comprehensive classification of categories of crime and deviance in public spaces. The presented typology is a reminder that the encounter between social reality and scientific practice is not without problems.
Read the full article here.



Book Review: Kerman, P. (2010). Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. New York: Spiegel & Grau

by A. Nuytiens and A. Vanhouche

In this book section, An Nuytiens and An-Sofie Vanhouche propose an encounter between traditional criminology and popular culture.
Read the full review here.






Whose Knowledges? Moving Beyond Damage-Centred Research in Studies of Women in Street-Based Sex Work

by C. Shdaimah and C.S. Leon

In this article, the authors draw on their own research with street-based sex workers to explore the implications for scholarship and policy when researchers allow their studies to be guided by the voices of study participants rather than their own assumptions and hypotheses.
Read the full article here.



Access Denied: Studying Up in the Criminological Encounter

by J.C. Oleson

While crimes of the powerful may be much more harmful from a financial point of view than crimes of vulnerable populations, conventional criminology tends to focus on the latter ones. This article presents the advantages of working with self-report surveys with perpetrators of white-collar crimes.
Read the full article here.



Stabbing to Get to Prison: Biography as an Encounter with the Criminal Mind

by F. van Gemert

In this article, Frank van Gemert uses the unexpected case of an offender who turned himself in as an example of how writing a biography can be used as a tool for criminologists to deeply immerse the rationale of perpetrators.
Read the full article here.



Interview: The Encounters of... Sonja Snacken. Back and Forth: From Activism to (Social) Science, From Law to Criminology

interviewed by S. De Ridder

For our inaugural issue, we are pleased to have interviewed Sonja Snacken, who shares with us an inspiring reflection on the multiplicity of encounters she has experienced in her longlasting career in criminology.
Read the full interview here.

Call for articles


We would like to invite authors to submit articles for our forthcoming issue. Articles submitted before December 15th 2018 will still be considered for our second issue.
For more details click here.








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Photo credits: Photo in Monaghan and Walby's article (c) RCMP, 2015. Portrait of Sonja Snacken (c) Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2017. Cover of 'Orange Is the New Black' (c) Spiegel & Grau, 2010. All other photos (c) Burst, 2018


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