Sofia, 2019

ECPR SGOC: 3rd GENERAL CONFERENCE
5-6 July 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria

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Dismembering Organised Crime: Identifying, Analysing and Countering

The SGOC, in collaboration with the University of Sofia, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, and The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, invites you to the third SGOC General Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The first SGOC General Conference was held in Naples, in December 2015, and second in Bath, July 2017. Following the success of these two events, we are excited to hold our third conference in the scenic Bulgarian capital.

Dates and Deadlines 
1 Oct. 2018 Call for Panels and Papers
1 Mar. 2019 Deadline of Submission of Paper and Panel abstracts
1 Apr. 2019 Notification of Acceptance
1 Apr. 2019 Registration opens
30 Apr. 2019 Early bird deadline
1 Jun. 2019 Registration deadline

Questions?

Email the ECPR Events Team or contact Dr. Felia Allum at F.S.Allum@bath.ac.uk.

CONFERENCE THEME: DISMEMBERING ORGANISED CRIME: IDENTIFYING, ANALYSING AND COUNTERING 

Organised crime is part of everyday life. It surrounds us in different ways, but it is not uniquely a feature of poverty but also a characteristic of modern 21st century life. Organised crime connects and infiltrates all aspects of life, often without us even realising it. It devastates lives, neighbourhoods, local economies and distorts political life. The focus of the conference is the different the different manifestations of organised crime which exists today and the way we analyse, dissect, diagnose and examine it.

This conference seeks to be a geographical and intellectual space where international researchers, practitioners, NGOs think takes and policy-makers can collectively dismember organised crime together from its different levels, dimensions, aspects, heights. disciplines and countries. It seeks to encourage the presentation of cutting edge empirical research which intersects different disciplines and topics as well as a discussion around the most effective and efficient methodologies that can be used.

This conference welcomes Papers from researchers from all stages of their career as well as practitioners and policy makers.

We invite individual Panels and Papers addressing some of the following topics (other topics are welcome too):

  • Gangs, Organised Crime and Mafia
  • Modern Slavery, Forced Exploitation and Human Trafficking
  • Criminal Mobility
  • Politics, Corruption and Symbolic Power
  • Organised Crime, Prisons and Technology
  • Organised Crime and the European Financial Crisis
  • Freezing, Forfeiture and Social Reuse of Criminal Assets
  • Women and Children in Criminal and Terrorist Networks
  • Public Perceptions of Organised Crime
  • International and European Cooperation in the Fight Against Organised Crime
  • Organised Crime, Social Media and the Internet Generation
  • Cybercrime, Sextortion and the Internet
  • Big Data, Crowdsourcing, Spatial-Temporal and Computational Approaches
  • Environmental Crime
  • Money Laundering
  • Organised Crime and Artistic Representations
  • Organised Crime in Fiction
  • Organised Crime and Public Health
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and a senior research advisor at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria.

 

Francesco Strazzari of NUPI’s Consortium for Research on Terrorism and International Crime in 2013 and Associate Professor of International Relations at the Pisa-based Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

As a Panel Chair

There are two ways to participate as a Panel Chair:

  1. Propose a Panel
  2. Volunteer to Chair a Panel put together by the Standing Group Convenors, made up of Papers on a similar theme

When proposals open on 1 October a link will appear in the menu on the right hand side for you to propose a Panel. You must submit 3 – 4 Papers as a Panel before the deadline of 1 March 2019. Papers submitted as part of a Panel do not need to be resubmitted individually.

To make a proposal, you, your Discussant and your Paper presenter must have a MyECPR Profile. If you don’t already have one, it only takes a few minutes to create.

To Propose a Panel, we need to know:

  • The title of your Panel (no more than 20 words)
  • 3–8 keywords, indicating the Panel’s subject theme and scope. We use these keywords to categorise Panels and Papers enabling users to search the online programme
  • The abstract (no more than 500 words)
  • The email address of the Panel Co-Chair (if applicable), as registered in MyECPR
  • The email address of the Discussant as registered in MyECPR
  • The title of each Paper (no more than 20 words for each)
  • The abstract of each Paper (no more than 400 words for each)
  • 3–8 keywords for each Paper, selected from a predetermined list, indicating the Paper’s subject, theme and scope. We use these keywords to categorise Panels and Papers enabling users to search the online programme
  • The email address of each Paper Presenter as registered in MyECPR
  • The email address of each Paper co-author as registered in MyECPR (if applicable)

After the deadline, the Standing Group Convenors approve/decline/reserve all Panels and Papers proposed. Approved Papers not submitted as part of a Panel will be allocated by the Convenors to an appropriate Panel. Alternatively, the Convenors will form additional Panels from individual Papers on a similar subject. Once this has been done, we will email all proposers to let them know the outcome.

At this point we may need volunteer Panel Chairs. For guidance, read How to be a Panel Chair or Discussant. If you would like to volunteer to Chair a Panel, email the Events Team.

Panel Chairs are expected to attend the Conference. Please register via our website; a link will appear in the menu on the right when registration opens on 1 April 2019.

Prior to the Conference, Paper presenters will upload their Paper to the ECPR website or email them to you and the Panel Discussant. You MUST read each Paper in preparation.

As a Panel Discussant

There are two ways to participate as a Panel Discussant:

  1. Form a complete Panel with a Panel Chair, who will propose the Panel (see above)
  2. Volunteer to discuss a Panel, put together by the Convenors made up of Papers on a similar theme

After the deadline, the Standing Group Convenors approve/decline/reserve all Panels and Papers proposed, and form new Panels from individually approved Papers on a similar subject. At this point, we may need volunteer Discussants. For guidance, read How to be a Panel Chair or Discussant. If you would like to volunteer to be a Panel Discussant, email the Events Team.

Panel Discussants are expected to attend the Conference to generate conversation about each Paper. Please register via our website; a link will appear in the menu on the right hand side when registration opens 1 April 2019.

Prior to the Conference, Paper presenters will upload their Paper to the ECPR website or email them to you and the Panel Chair. You MUST read each Paper in preparation.

As a Paper Presenter

When the call for Papers open on 1 October a link will appear in the menu on the right hand side for you to propose a Paper. You must submit your proposal to the Convenors before the deadline of 1 March 2019. Papers submitted as part of a Panel do not need to be resubmitted individually. If your Paper has more than one author, the person making the proposal will be listed as the Paper presenter.

To make a proposal, you and your co-author(s) must have MyECPR Profiles. If you don’t already have one, it only takes a few minutes to create. Alternatively, your Paper can be part of a pre-formed Panel proposal, co-ordinated and submitted as a complete Panel by a Panel Chair (see above).

To Propose an Individual Paper, we need to know:

  • The Paper title (no more than 20 words)
  • The abstract (no more than 400 words)
  • 3–8 keywords, selected from a predetermined list, indicating the Paper’s subject, theme and scope. We use these keywords to categorise Papers and Panels, enabling users to search the online programme
  • The email address of each Paper co-author as registered in MyECPR (if applicable)

After the deadline, the Standing Group Convenors approve/decline/reserve all Papers proposed. Approved Papers not submitted as part of a Panel will be allocated by the Convenors to an appropriate Panel. Alternatively Convenors will form additional Panels from individual Papers on a similar subject. Once this has been done, we will email all proposers to let them know the outcome.

Once you know the outcome, you can decide whether you want to attend the Conference. If you do, you need to register and pay online before registration closes on 1 June 2019. A registration button will appear in the menu on the right hand side when registration opens 1 April 2019.

If you Paper is accepted and you cannot attend, please email the Events Team immediately so we can reshuffle Papers if necessary. If one of your co-authors can attend and present in your place, email the Events Team to let us know they should be listed as Presenter.

Please upload your full Paper to the ECPR website via your MyECPR Profile or email it to the Panel Chair, Discussant and fellow Presenters before Monday 17 June 2019 to five your fellow Panellists time to read it. And that’s it – we look forward to welcoming you to the Conference!

As an Observer

If you would like to attend the Conference without playing an active role, you are more than welcome to do so. You will need a MyECPR Profile and you will need to register and pay online before registration closes on 1 June 2019. A registration button will appear in the menu on the right hand side when registration opens on 1 April 2019.

REGISTRATION FEES

Students from ECPR member institutions €120 (Early Bird €110)*
Students from non-member institutions €130 (Early Bird fee €120)*
Other participants from ECPR member institutions €140 (Early Bird fee €130)
Other participants from non-member institutions €150 (Early Bird fee €140)

*To be eligible for the student rate, students must send one of the following to the Events Team (sgconferences@ecpr.eu) by midnight BST on 15 April 2019:

  • Student ID card with a valid expiry date
  • Letter from their Head of Department
  • Confirmation of enrolment to their university

Registration will open on April 1, 2019. All participants will be able to register at the ECPR website.

What does my registration fee cover?

Here are a few examples of what your registration fee covers:

  • Unlimited access to all Panel sessions
  • Unlimited access to all plenary activities
  • Tea/coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Social dinner
  • Access to the Welcome Address
  • Certificate of Attendance, emailed to you after the event upon request, providing you sign in and collect your badge on arrival.
SGOC | Sofia, 2019