U bent hier


Opgelet! Dit event heeft al plaatsgehad.

Negotiating Public Order

woensdag, 30 november, 2016 - 08:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculteit: Law and Criminology
Generaal Jacqueslaan 271, 1050 Brussel
CRiS-VUB (Crime & Society Research Group)
International Conference



Although 'public order’ as a concept is used often and carelessly, its content is not at all ubiquitous and simple. Once grounded in the moral order imposed by religion or the sovereign state, in our contemporary society public order is the object of dialogue and contestation among a plurality of actors. Public space is an important arena for political negotiation and economic enterprise or ‘mundane', everyday social interaction. In this international seminar organized by the Crime and Society Research Group (CRiS-VUB), experts with various disciplinary backgrounds will fuel the debate on how to understand a concept such as public order. This event will also be the occasion to officially launch the book  "Order and Conflict in Public Space" (Routledge, 2016) edited by CRiS researchers.


08:30-09:00: Registration and coffee

Session 1: Negotiating public order

Chair: Lucas Melgaço

09:00-09:10: Introduction by Lucas Melgaço

09:15-09:45: Keynote Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch (University of Grenoble Alpes): "Letting loose?”

09:45-10:15: Keynote (social movements) Maxime Kouvaras (ZinTV) and Gertjan De Boeck & Kevyn Cochinaux (Free54)

10:15-10:45: Q&A

10:45-11:00: Coffee break

Session 2: The Limits To Public Order? The case of the piétonnier

Chair: Els Enhus

11:00-12:30: Panel debate with

  • Joost Vandenbroele (BRAL)

  • Els Ampe (alderwoman city of Brussels)

  • Sofie Vermeulen (VUB)

  • Olivier Stein (Progress Lawyers Network)

12:45-14:00: Lunch

Session 3: Order beyond public space

Chair : Tom Bauwens

14:00-15:30: Short presentations by

  • An-Sofie Vanhouche (VUB): “Order in prison: the role of food and staff/prisoner relationships

  • Marc Depaepe & Sarah van Ruyskensvelde (KULeuven): “Order in the classroom. Modernizing (primary) education by the introduction of a cult of order

  • Rosamunde Van Brakel (VUB): "How profiling of children at risk in the UK contributes to enforcement of public order: From analogue risk assessments to big data"

  • Jan Snacken (VUB): "Psychiatric disorders"

15:45-16:00: Coffee break

Session 4: Book launch “Order and Conflict in Public Space”

Chair: Mattias De Backer

15:45-17:15: Presentations by:

  • Georgiana Varna (Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre Glasgow): “Order and conflict in public space”

  • Antonin Margier (University of Lille): “The residential normalisation of public spaces: towards a 
post-punitive regulation?”

  • Ilse Van Liempt (Utrecht University): “Reclaiming Civility in Urban Nightlife Districts”

  • Nick Schuermans & Manfred Spocter (VUB & Stellenbosch University): “Avoiding encounters with poverty: aesthetics, politics and economics in a privileged neighbourhood of Cape Town.”

17:15-18:30: Drinks and merriment

Supported by the Strategic Research Program (SRP), VUB.

Click here to download the programme/abstracts and bio's.




Inzenden via dit formulier is niet langer mogelijk.