International online workshop on the Anthropology of Crime and Criminalization

Dear all,


The call for abstracts for the international online workshop on the Anthropology of Crime and Criminalization, sponsored by the University of Bologna, Department of History and Culture, is open! The event website is


New ethnographic approaches to crime and social harm are emerging in our global times. Crime is increasingly becoming a transnational issue, and anthropology is well equipped to highlight its dimensions and nodal assemblages. Ethnographic accounts can reveal the porosity characterizing the boundaries between what is criminal and what is not, what it means to behave like righteous and law-abiding citizens, and according to whose definition. This workshop aims at providing some insights on contemporary anthropological reflections on criminality, crime, and criminalization, investigating how anthropological methodologies and theories can contribute to their analysis.


We invite abstracts on a variety of topics, such as crime and criminalization, social harm, law, power, economics, migration, and reflections on fieldwork. A more extensive list of topics and the complete call can be found here:


Abstracts, in English, should be sent in Word format (.doc, .docx, .rtf) through the page . Abstracts should be a maximum of 800 words, including title, first name, last name, and excluding the space for a short biography and contacts. Deadline for submissions is 10 September 2020 and you will receive confirmation of your acceptance by then. In case of any problems or doubts, you can write to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The workshop is a free online event and will take place from 07 to 09 October 2020, starting at 3.30 pm CEST, UTC +2 (09.30 am UTC -4). To receive the link to participate as a listener instead of a speaker, you must subscribe to this page


A provisional ongoing list of the speakers is available at this page:


Publication of the papers from the workshop might follow on the open-access journal Errantes ( and on an edited volume.


To meet and talk even in these difficult times, space will be reserved for discussions. Moreover, we added a discussion board on the anthropology of crime and criminalization to allow participants to socialize, both before, during, and after the event. The online forum is available here:


We’re excited to see you in!


The organizers, Prof. Luca Jourdan ( and Davide Casciano, Ph.D. (