Mytilene 2017

The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control 45th Annual Conference 
 Uncovering Harms: States, corporations and organizations as criminals 

31 August – 3 September, Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece
In recent years the international academic community has made an effort to define and uncover harms by states, corporations and organizations. This effort is stemming from the point of view of protecting human rights and preventing social harms. These acts include loss of life, physical or other harm, and loss of property. The need for addressing harms by states, corporations and organizations is connected both with the need for appropriate orientation of formal criminal policy (law, police, administration of justice) and for the awareness of citizens, consumers, workers and social movements.  
A root of the problem, the criminal-induced partnership between state, corporate capital, and organizations, does not lead to easy answers for a future “better” political management of the state. This raises issues of the advocacy of the public interest and universal human rights; it highlights the concept of social harm, and sets democracy and the collective as the dominant principles. This complex is the contemporary reality, and a criminology that takes a position upon this ought to highlight a broader social awareness and action for social change.

We welcome papers on the themes below which reflect the general values and Principles of the European Group. Please forward short abstracts of 150-300 words to the relevant stream coordinators by 30th of April 2017.  
For all general enquiries please contact Stratos Georgoulas at: For questions about the European Group, please contact the EG coordinator Ida Nafstad at:

Please download full call here:


You can download the "Uncovering Harms: States corporations organisations as criminals"


This year we are able to offer up to four assisted places. One places will be fully supported – covering conference fee and up to 300 Euro for travel and accommodation. Three places are partly supported – covering the conference fee. The assisted places will be allocated in priority to applicants who meet some/all of the below criteria: 

  • Does not have a tenured position in academia or has no means of providing alternative means of support through employment schemes. 
  • An MA/PhD student/part-time member of staff who is ineligible for university department/school/faculty funding to attend conferences 
  • Is confronted with other significant difficulties which would merit special support to attend the conference 
  • Is currently undertaking research or activism in an area that reflects the themes and values of the European Group 
  • Is planning to deliver a paper at the conference on a theme that reflects the work of Stan Cohen. It may, for example, reflect on the concept of moral panic, social control, the psychological impact of atrocities and imprisonment

 The deadline for applications is 26th May. Please indicate which of the assisted places that will be relevant for you (fully and/or partly supported). PLEASE NOTE: This deadline will not be extended. Those wishing to apply should write a 150-300 word statement in support of their application. A copy of the conference paper abstract should also be included in the submission. Please send ll applications and enquiries to Ida Nafstad: 


 Porto Lesvos Hotel
21 Komninaki Street, Mytilene, Lesvos, 81100
Hotel Reception: 0030 22510 37171
Single room  40€ (breakfast included) 
Double room 50€ (breakfast included)
 Hotel Lesvion
27a P. Kountouriotou st., 81100, Mitilini, Lesvos
Hotel Reception: 0030 22510 28177
Single room  45€ (breakfast included) 
Double room 69€ (breakfast included)
 Lasia Hotel
Phone: 0030 22510 61642 – 43
Single room  50€ (breakfast included) 
Double room 70€ (breakfast included)
 Elysion Hotel
Neapoli-Mytilene, Lesvos, 81100 Greece 
Phone: 0030 22510-61531, 0030 22510-61532
Single room  95€ (breakfast included) 
Double room 115€ (breakfast included)


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Extra information:

The island of Lesvos, where our conference will be held (online video): 

Tourism site:

Accommodation and travel information: Samiotis Tours (tourist office), 43 Kountouriotou Street, 811 00 Mytilini, Lesvos, Tel: (0030) 2251042574-22510425752251042576, Fax: 2251041808, E-mail:, Site: 

Conference transportation info: The Urban Bus Service (KTEL) of Mytilene kindly opened routes for the participants of our conference. For the duration of the conference there will be buses to and from the campus of the University of the Aegean every day. 
Here are two maps of Mytilene showing the central parts of the town as well as the location of the University of the Aegean where most venues will take place: