05 February 2013

The Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology (NSfK) is pleased to announce our 55th Research Seminar. This year’s seminar will be hosted in Svartå Slott (see the link below), Finland from 13th to 15th of May 2013. The seminar has a total capacity of 50 participants. We welcome all interested researchers to apply for participation in the seminar.

NSfK will cover the accommodation and travelling expenses of up till 35 selected participants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. As long as the capacity allows it, researchers from other countries, are welcome to apply for participation at their own cost, which is approximately 400 EURO plus travel expences. Applicants giving presentations will be prioritized.

Main themes
The theme of the 2013 research seminar is “Methodologies and methods in criminology”. The languages of the seminar are Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) and English. Due to the focus of the seminar and to ensure conceptual clarity, we encourage participants to be familiar with the English terminology or to use English as their primary language in this year’s seminar.

The seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on methodologies and methods, as applied in a range of settings and topics in both qualitative and quantitative research. We call for papers on any methods, data-gathering, tools, techniques and technologies used in criminological research. The key aim of the seminar is to promote a dialogue between researchers and to develop their skills and knowledge. We welcome papers on any criminological theme, as long as the focus of the paper is on methods and/or methodology, for instance philosophy of science and research ethics; data gathering, both qualitative and quantitative, including planning, design and fieldwork; data analysis techniques; various forms and mechanisms of interviewing; ethnographic research; cross-cultural research; comparative research; mixed methods, and; the use of new forms of technology in criminological research.

The seminar includes plenary sessions related to the conference's main themes as well as parallel sessions in which the ongoing Nordic research will be discussed in smaller working groups.

The parallel sessions will be organized around a submitted paper briefly presented by the author, followed by a discussion initiated by a pre-designated commentator. All conference participants will be able to read the submitted abstracts in advance. Commentators will be appointed, mainly among those who participate without a paper.

Registration and Call for papers
The deadline for registration and submission of abstracts is the 2nd of April. Applications must include contact information, the title and abstract of the paper (in the language of the presentation). The application form can be downloaded through the link at the bottom of this page.

Those giving a presentation at the seminar are requested to submit to NSfK’s secretariat a paper covering their presentation, written in English or Scandinavian languages, to be published in the electronic seminar report in 2013. The deadline for these papers is the 3rd of June 2013.


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