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As part of an ongoing collaboration, SafeSeas and Centre for Global Criminology co-hosted an ideaslab titled: "Insecurity, Crime and Cooperation at Sea: New Perspectives on Maritime Security." 
The ideaslab explored how our thinking changes if we initiate inquiry from the sea and not the land. The day provided an opportunity to exchange views on why and how the maritime is a site from which we can explore the social and political differently through a lens of international relations, security studies and anthropology. You can read more on our website here.

CGC researcher Christina Jerne has presented a paper entitled "No logo, no gang: state marketing and radical governance" at the Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference.
The conference is hosted by the University of Tulane, New Orleans, Louisiana and takes place May 30- June 1 2019. The annual theme is "Performance, Politics, Power".

CGC researcher Nikolas G. Emmanuel will be presenting 'Uses and Abuses of Migration Data on Africa" at the Africa Grand Challenges Conference in Livingstone, Zambia.
The conference is hosted by IAD/Cornell University and SAIPAR and will take place on August 6-7, 2019.         

The Independent Research Fund Denmark Humanities has granted Centre for Global Criminology two new projects.
Head of Centre Henrik Vigh: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Age of Transitional Justice.
CGC researcher Matthew Carrey: Affect and Infrastructure: Turkish Rifts in European Civility.     

CGC researcher Line Richter presented her paper: 'Working the borders': Migrant smuggling and the ordinary in a West African community in the Maghreb', at the University of Cape Town on May 7th.

Line presented at a seminar hosted by the Intitute for Humanities in Africa. 

CGC researcher David Sausdal participated in P1 'Orientering', a Danish radio show, where he talked about blackmail through poisonous substances. 
Danish police is currently investigating a case where a string of Danish food companies have received blackmail through poisonous substances. CGC researcher David Sausdal discussed how we can understand these events on the radio show. The broadcast begins at 17:29 and you can find it here.

CGC researcher Christina Jerne is disseminating her work in a stand-up show. 
She is currently touring with 5 other scientists and comedian Sebastian Dorset with the aim of making research more accessible and fun. The show is arranged by Folkeuniversitetet and plays in theatres in Herning, Odense, Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen. Tickets are available here.

CGC researcher Christina Jerne presented a paper at the International Seminar on Mafia and Anti-Mafia in Europe, University of Milan.
Christina Jerne's paper, 'Gangs of Øresund: Current movements and praxes' addressed the expansionist failures and organisational successes of gangs in the Øresund region. The seminar 'Mafia and Anti-Mafia in Europe' was arranged by the 'Monitoring Center on Organized Crime' (CROSS), Universitá di Milano, and brought together a broad community of scholars, activists, journalists and state representatives who work with the phenomenon of organised crime in its many facets. 

CGC researcher David Sausdal participated in 'Aflyttet', a Danish radio show on issues of contemporary surveillance.
On the show, David Sausdal gave examples from his study of the Danish police and their of use of surveillance technologies - or rather how the police don't always use and endorse surveillance technologies as much as one might be led to believe.  The podcast is in Danish and you can find it here.


CGC researcher Line Richter participated in a workshop at the West African Research Centre in Dakar, Senegal.

At the workshop, Line Richter presented her paper: Connecting the dotsEveryday borderwork in Mali and beyond. The workshop, Borderwork. Migrants, Brokers, and European Border Governance in West Africa, was organized by the Danish Institute of International Studies and took place at the West African Research Centre in Dakar, Senegal.

CGC researcher Nikolas G. Emmanuel publishes chapter: Nikolas Emmanuel and Brendan Schwartz, “Chad’s (Il)liberal Interventions and the Making of a Regional Hegemon”, in John Idriss Lahai, Karin von Strokirch, Haward Brasted and Helen Ware (eds.), Governance and Political Adaptation in Fragile States, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019.

Only several years ago, the press described President Idriss Déby’s regime in Chad as isolated, illegitimate, and barely clinging to power. Yet, today Chad is viewed as an assertive and critical regional player. This study looks at Chad’s meteoric rise and how it has been facilitated by important states in the international system, mainly France but also the United States.

CGC researcher David Sausdal publishes article suggesting a quotidian approach to surveillance studies 

It has become theoretical orthodoxy to point to and problematise a rise in surveillance. This article contributes to this debate. Following a still marginal yet budding number of studies that focus on the practical, quotidian level of surveillance systems, the article ethnographically examines the daily surveillance work of a number of Danish detectives. You can find the article here.

CGC researcher Line Richter participated in 'Orientering' on P1, a Danish radio show,  where she talked about the new Global Compact for Migration.

The Global Compact for Migration was signed last monday in Morocco and therefore CGC researcher, Line Richter, was invited to P1 Orientering to comment on the subject. The broadcasting starts at 1.18.30. The podcast is in Danish and you can find it here.

CGC researchers Henrik Vigh & David Sausdal publish chapter on the anthropology of crime: Vigh, H. E. & D. Sausdal (2018). The Anthropology of Crime. In: Handbook of Political Anthropology. Camberley Surrey: Edward Elgar

The chapter offers a concise account of the anthropology of crime. It does so by tracking the anthropology of crime from its 19th century genesis all the way up to its current interests, thereby describing a move from biological essentialism to a focus on transnational criminal flows and formations. 

Researcher Anja Simonsen will carry out her postdoctoral project in collaboration with CGC: The Criminalisation of Humanitarianism: From Volunteers to Human Smugglers in Italy

In the context of Europe’s recent migration crisis, human smuggling is characterized by most European governments as a heinous crime conducted by ruthless networks of smugglers whose nefarious trade needs to be stopped. Recent counter-smuggling operations, however, have involved no transnational crime members, but women and men who as part of humanitarian organizations volunteer to conduct rescue operations at EU borders seeking to save the lives of migrants trying to enter Europe. The aim of this postdoctoral project is to explore the criminalisation of humanitarianism. The project will be carried out at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), within the school of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, the University of Oxford. During the project, Anja Simonsen will do a six-month stay as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Global Criminology (CGC) at the University of Copenhagen among specialised transnational organized crime researchers. This stay will provide her with unique access to criminology and human smuggling experts, who will be able to provide valuable insights into the dynamics of crime.

CGC researcher Line Richter will present at the Dignity conference 'Everyday Urban Violence and Security in the Maghreb' on December 4th

The conference moves beyond the macro level focus and addresses the challenges of ‘everyday urban violence and security’ with a focus on everyday life conditions and local, municipal, and national stakeholders. Everyday experiences of violence are a burden to a larger number of ordinary citizens and constitute a root cause of pending social and political challenges and dynamics in the Maghreb. The conference is organized in collaboration with Global Refugee Studies and Aalborg University. Read more about the conference here. 

CGC researcher Line Richter participated in 'Supertanker' on P1, a Danish radio show, where she discussed what he underworld of today looks like. 

Most of us have somewhat clear imaginings of the underworld. It is a decadent, violent, loyal, dangerous field of interest populated by strong, active, mentally unstable, envious people who make their own rules, laws and hierarchies beyond or below the society in which we live. But is that the reality of today's underworld? Listen to the talk between CGC researcher Line Richter and Jesper Stein, crime novelist and former crime reporter, to learn more. The podcast is in Danish and you can find it here.

CGC researchers Henrik Vigh and David Sausdal comment on the difference in legislation from financial to soft crimes in Denmark.

When the Danish politicians proclaim that it is time to be 'tough on crime', why does this not also apply to the perpetrators behind financial crimes? The two criminologists comment on the difference in the way legislation is handled from financial to soft crimes in Denmark. The article is in Danish and you can find it here.

CGC researcher David Sausdal participated in 'Det Røde Felt' on Radio24syv, a Danish radio show, where he commented on the opinions of police officer's in regards to legislations and decrees.

David Sausdal was invited to talk about police officer's and their opinions on the different legislations and decrees that politicians pass through parliament. An example was the legislation on 'precarious camps'. The podcast is in Danish and you can find it here.

Head of centre Henrik Vigh participated in 'Orientering' on P1, a Danish radio show, to talk about his ongoing fieldwork in Tangier, Morocco 

P1 Orientering invited CGC researcher Henrik Vigh to the studio to talk about his informants, drug trafficking and other cross-border crimes from Morocco and up through Europe. The podcast is in Danish and you can find it here.

CGC researcher Christina Jerne presented her paper: Working under the iceberg without drowning: approaching criminal economies.

Last week Christina Jerne presented her paper on criminal economies at the Diverse Economies and Post-Capitalist Possibilities conference in Berlin. In this paper, Christina addressed the ethical and political challenges and possibilities of exploring gang economies ethnographically. The central matter of concern was to question how gang economies might be studied and conceptualized as diverse economies, and what the implications of this reframing might be for a post-capitalist political agenda, as theorized by J.K. Gibson-Graham.

TV2 NEWS asked CGC researcher David Sausdal about technology in the fight against financial crimes.

In this article David Sausdal comments on crime, cryptovaluta and the need of a supportive legislation in the fight against criminal activities. The article discusses how Blockchain might be used to prevent and fight financial crimes. The article is in Danish and you can find it here.

CGC researcher David Sausdal participated in a plenary talk at the 2018 Copenhagen Common Session Conference.  

David talked about the Danish Police’s surveillance work routines. More specifically, he discussed how Danish detectives often refrain from carrying out certain surveillance practices as they find them at odds with what they truly appreciate about their job. 

CRIMTANG conference about 'Interzones' in Tangier. 
Last fall, the CRIMTANG project hosted its first research conference in Tangier, Morocco. At the conference, leading ethnographers from all over the world participated to present new ideas and ongoing research projects that were related to the issues of cross-border crime and criminalisation. The conference offered the participants insight into other fields of study and the opportunity to join the dialogue on the presented ideas and projects. 

CGC researchers in Morocco.
CRIMTANG researchers went to Tangier during the months of September and October 2018 to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on transnational organised crime (TOC). In Tangier, the CRIMTANG project hosted a research conference titled 'Interzones' where leading scholars from around the world came to discuss issues of transnational crime and criminalisation.  

Head of centre Henrik Vigh publishes paper: Vigh, Henrik. (2018) "Lives opposed: perceptivity and tacticality in conflict and crime." Social Anthropology.
This article looks at the way people tactically adjusts to contexts of insecurity and danger. Building on fieldwork with disenfranchised urban poor in West Africa and marginal West African migrants in Europe, the article clarifies how perspectives and practices are attuned to precarious situations and life conditions. Read the article here.

CGC researchers organised a panel on 'Antagonistic Sociality: An anthropology of lives opposed' at EASA 2018.
Who do the police look for - and how? And, vice versa, what is life like for the people who live underneath this regulatory gaze? This was the oppositional interaction explored by this panel -  a panel consisting of ten ethnographers from across the world who have been exploring issues such as the selling and smuggling of drugs, people trafficking and smuggling, gang criminality and the increasing amount of policing and criminalisation thereof. 

CGC was part of the 2018 Danish People's Political Festival (Folkemødet).
Together with the National Police Commissioner, Jens Henrik Højbjerg and the head of the Danish Parliament's Criminal Justice Committee, MP Peter Skaarup (DF), Henrik Vigh and David Sausdal discussed the problems faced by Denmark in relation to an increasing amount of transnational drug trafficking. 

The European Research Council awards Professor Henrik Erdman Vigh 2 million euro for the CRIMTANG project (Ministry of Higher Education and Science, December 2016 - the news article is in Danish). 

2 million euro for research project on transnational organized crime (news article on the website of The Department of Anthropology, February 2017).