Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Website for criminology students

This website is specifically designed for crime and justice students. It contains news, discussions, and events related to crime and criminology and is being managed by students from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the European Society of Criminology. Our conference is advertised on it!

Phd is like Kindergarten

Monday, 30 August 2010

Protect your dissertation!

The smart folks over at the Savage Minds blog have put up a good reminder post about the need to back up your dissertation to sources beyond an external hard drive, citing the case of a graduate student who had both his laptop and his external hard drive stolen. They recommend using Drop Box. I use Crash Plan, which backs up my files automatically, so I do not need to have a reminder.

This is interesting:

And the website in general seems like a really good resource for academic podcasts and research papers.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

What exactly is a Ph.D.?

Thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this enlightening view on Ph.D.s from Matt Might with us :)

What is a Ph.D.?

Monday, 16 August 2010

Conference announcement

The York Deviancy Conference

29th June - 1st July 2011

Critical perspectives on crime, deviance, disorder and social harm

Pat Carlen
Alex Callinicos
Stan Cohen
Jeff Ferrell
Steve Hall
Keith Hayward
Angela McRobbie
Laurie Taylor
Jock Young
David Downes
Loïc Wacquant
Sandra Walklate
Rob White

Conference website and registration:

Please send paper proposals to:
Simon Winlow sw514@york.ac.uk
or Rowland Atkinson ra530@york.ac.uk

Thursday, 12 August 2010

The Thesis Repulsor Field

Thanks to Anton for sending us this PhD Comic:

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

GRADschool: building your skills as a PhD student

GRADschool September 2010
Following the enormous success of the April GRADschool we are delighted to announce that the next GRADschool will be taking place from 24th - 26th September 2010 at Wyboston Lakes.
If you are interesting in finding out about previous GRADschools please visit the GRADschool Website:

We are currently taking bookings for the GRADschool and if you are interested please visit our GRADschool website and register you interest using the on-line application form. We will then contact you at later date to provide you with further information.
We will unfortunately not be able to confirm your place until nearer the time, but if you are interested in attending please ensure that you reserve time in you calendar to attend this event.
The grad school offers intensive training in:
  1. research skills and techniques
  2. research environment
  3. research management
  4. personal effectiveness
  5. communication skills
  6. networking and team working
  7. career management

The Cambridge Local GRADschool course uses case studies, outdoor activities, interview practice, team sessions and personal review to help you realise your strengths and abilities as an individual and as a team member that will be immediately relevant to the successful completion of your PhD and in the longer term with the application of your talents.

The course is residential and you are expected to stay on the course site for the whole time and not return home or to your normal place of work. This enables you to focus on the course fully and reflect on your work objectively.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Free food and endless PhDs

I guess both of these things would apply to some of us here in the Institute...

From PhD Comics

Call for papers: International Society for Criminology - Japan 5-9 August 2011

The Japan Federation of Criminological Associations welcomes you to participate in the forthcoming 16th World Congress of the International Society for Criminology. Please do consider to take part in this very important and exciting event for the world of criminologists. Visit our website http://wcon2011.com for details.

The Congress will be held on August 5th-9th, 2011 in the Kobe Int'l Conference Center on Port Island, a man-made island off the coast of Kobe. Kobe is conveniently located in the close proximity to many tourists' attractions: we offer day tours to Kyoto, Nara, Himeji Castle, Osaka as well as overnight trips to Hiroshima, which can be a joyful event for your summer vacation 2011.

The general theme is "Global Socio-Economic Crisis and Crime Control Policies: Regional and National Comparison".

Internationally recognized experts are invited to make presentations on the following sub-themes;

1. Global Economic Crisis and Criminology


John Braithwaite

Australian National University


Johanna Shapland

University of Sheffield


Dae-Keun Kim

Korean Institute of Criminology


Shinichi Ishizuka

Ryukoku University

2. Models of State and Crime Prevention Strategies


Frank Zimring

University of California, Berkeley


Jose Luis Diez-Ripolles

University of Málaga


Jui-Lung Cheng

National Chung Cheng University


Hiroyuki Kuzuno

Hitotsubashi University

3. Corporate and Business Crime


Peter Reuter

University of Maryland


Stephan Parmentier

Catholic University of Leuven


Lu Jianping

Beijing Normal University


Kazumichi Tsutsumi

Chuo University

4. Frontiers of Clinical Criminology


Cândido da Agra

University of Porto


Luis Rodriguez Manzanera

National Auto University of Mexico


Avshalom Caspi

Duke University


Jinsuke Kageyama

Tokyo Institute of Technology


Junko Fujioka

Osaka University

Submissions are called for Paper Sessions(Complete Sessions and Individual Papers), Roundtable Sessions and Poster Sessions. On-line submission, registration, hotel and tour bookings will commence on August 1, 2010. Languages for presentation are English, French, Spanish and Japanese. Simultaneous interpreters are provided for all plenary sessions. Single-language sessions may be proposed for paper and roundtable sessions.

Best regards,

Congress Secretariat


Congress Secretariat

16th World Congress of the ISC

TTS Center 3F, 1-4-4 Mikuriya-sakaemachi Higashi-osaka, OSAKA 577-0036 JAPAN

tel: +81-(0)6-6618-4323

fax: +81-(0)6-6781-8883

E-mail: wcon@oucow.daishodai.ac.jp