Séminaire: "L’intervention: considérations conceptuelles, empiriques et théoriques" (2013-2015). Responsables : Christophe Adam (Centre de recherches criminologiques, Université Libre de Bruxelles), Manon Jendly (Institut de police scientifique et de criminologie, Université de Lausanne), Bastien Quirion (Département de criminologie, Université d’Ottawa), Marion Vacheret (Centre international de criminologie comparée, Université de Montréal)


Seminar on Comparative Research into Policing (2013-2015). Responsables: H. Aden (Berlin School of Economics and Law), F. Sack (U. Hambourg), J. de Maillard (Cesdip/UVSQ)

Séminaire "Neurosciences". (2012-2014) Responsables: R. Lévy, P. Becker. 

A series of workshop type conferences (1.5 days) with 4 to 6 invited topical papers unfolding the conference theme. Each conference will have between 10 to 15 active participants/discussants. The meetings will be held in the style of GERN-seminars and will be open to the public.
Contributors to the seminars will be invited both directly and through an open call.

Title: Was Lombroso right? The historical legacy of Neuroscience.
Location: Vienna (IfK). December 17-18, 2010.
Contact, information: René Lévy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Peter Becker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Summary: Taking the historical context of Lombroso’s times and his impact the conference will discuss the multiple ways in which present-day neuroscience takes up this historical legacy and locates the own epistemic enterprise within this tradition. Are we asking the same questions as the biological criminology of the past but provide better answers or is the reference to Lombroso a mere invention of tradition?

Title: Neuroscience, Social science and the law
Location: Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst
Summary: Neurolaw is a growing field of discourse. There are several reasons for law’s interest in neuroscience. Both take the concept of the individual for granted, both operate with the epistemic difference of normal/pathological and both share an interest in prediction and prevention. Reflexive social science can challenge these shared assumptions by taking a different epistemic starting point with the dyadic/group constellation as basic epistemic concept. Starting from this point has a number of methodological and theoretical consequences.

Title: Neuroscientists as public intellectuals
Location: GERN, Paris
Summary: Public intellectuals operate as translation devices to popularize scientific findings on the one hand while simultaneously acting in a political strategic context to enhance reputation viz. funding of their discipline. Different disciplines gain public (media) attention at different times. Presently neuroscientists take the position of successful impresarios for their discipline. The conference will address this issue and analyze in an exemplary fashion the mechanisms and problems highlighted in public discourse on neuroscience.

Title: The neuro-chemical self and new modes of governing the social
Location: London
Summary: With the emergence of a new concept of identity rooted in a primarily biological (self-)understanding of the social actor, new modes of governance emerge. This process has been analysed as medicalization and has a number of consequences at the level of policies of control. These consequences will be discussed and put into the larger context of changing notion of what it means to be a “self”.

Title: Social policy and neuro-eugenics
Location: Helsinki
Summary: The interpretive frame emerging from neuroscience not only has an impact on control policies within the criminal justice system but at the same time creates new ways of problematizing social policy in a more general sense. In this situation historical parallels immediately come to mind. Is the growth of a policy paradigm taking the neuro-chemical self as a starting point a replication of old eugenics or are we witnessing a new form of social policy?



Séminaire «Justice Militaire ». Responsable : R. Lévy. 2011-2012.


Séminaire "Polices Coloniales" (2011-2013). Responsable: E. Blanchard.