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Substitute professor for theory and empiricism of social pedagogy

Dr. Holger Schmidt

More information

  • International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice
  • Journal of Drug Issues
  • Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit
  • Journal of Criminology
  • Social Problems
  • Criminology - The Online Journal
  • GERN Doctoral Summer School
  • Master Program in Criminology at the Ruhr-University Bochum

Monographien und Herausgeberschaften


  • Althoff, M., Dollinger, B., & Schmidt, H. (Hrsg.) (2020). Themenheft „Narrationen in der kriminologischen Forschung“. Kriminologisches Journal 52(4).
  • Schmidt, H. (Hrsg.) (2016). Themenheft „Strafvollzug und Kritik“. Kriminologisches Journal 48(3).

Beiträge in Zeitschriften und Herausgeberbänden (*peer reviewed)




  • If reflexivity is the answer, what was the question? Reflections on the (recognized) use value of reflexivity in criminological research; presentation at the conference "Quo vadis Qualitative Kriminologie?", Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen, Hannover (digital).


  • Experiences of violence and injustice in the German (juvenile) prison system; invited lecture at the conference "Prisons in Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany: questioning violence" as part of the European Day of the Lawyer, Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Of Life-Determining Conflicts and Conflict-Determining Lives. Injustice Experiences of Juvenile Detainees in Biographical Perspective; invited lecture at the 4th Youth Court Conference North Rhine-Westphalia, Münster.


  • Injustice experiences in the (juvenile) penal system - conclusions for social work (?), invited lecture at the master's symposium "Strafrechtsnahe Soziale Arbeit: Kritische Gerechtigkeitsprofession oder doch nur Kontext des Zwangs?", Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.
  • Crime (research) as a consent-immune enterprise? Spotlights of critical-criminological thematization possibilities, guest lecture in the context of the seminar "Arbeitsfelder der Sozialen Arbeit", Jan Nicolas, Dortmund University of Technology.


  • On (disguised) possibilities and the inequality of socio-moral indignation. Protest narratives of young prisoners, research colloqium of the Institute for Social Pedagogy, Adult Education and Pedagogy of Early Childhood, Dortmund, Germany.
  • Prison research and the low hanging fruit of identity, Roundtable discussion at the fifth workshop of the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Prison Life and the Effects of Imprisonment, Köln


  • Between Injustice and Normality. Relationship constellations between detainees and prison staff from the perspective of juvenile prisoners, 38th Congress of the German Sociological Association, Bamberg.
  • Gewalt und Suizid im Jugendstrafvollzug, guest lecture at the seminar "Arme, Sünder, Kranke und Verbrecher. Introduction to Perspectives on Deviant Behavior", Christine Burmeister, Technical University of Dortmund.
  • Stories of Imprisonment: What do they tell us? Perspectives from narrative criminology, Oral Presentation at the 16th European Congress of Criminology, Münster.
  • Justice in context. A Biographical Perspective on Fairness Issues in Prison, Oral Presentation at the 16th European Congress of Criminology, Münster.
  • Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Prison - Findings of the Cologne Research Project, 27.04.2016, DVJJ Landesgruppe Nordrhein, Cologne (with V./ Fehrmann, S.).


  • Young People in Detention - Findings on the (Violent) Handling of Intraprison Stress, presentation at the 14th Symposium of the Criminological Society, Cologne (with Boxberg, V./ Fehrmann, S.).
  • Narratives of Gender and Conflict - Qualitative Findings on Interpersonal Violence in Juvenile Prisons, Oral Presentation at the 15th European Congress of Criminology, Porto.
  • Violent boys, troublesome girls? Disentangling constructions of violence and gender in narratives from juvenile prisoners, paper presented at the International Cultural Criminology Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


  • It's all about procedures, isn't it? A complementary perspective on perceptions of (in-)justice in prisons, Oral Presentation at the 14th European Congress of Criminology, Prague.
  • Violence among juvenile prisoners - insights and prevention possibilities, 25.06.2014, Justizvollzugsausbildungsstätte Thüringen im Bildungszentrum Gotha (with Boxberg, V.).
  • Violence among juvenile prisoners, 01.04.2014, Council on Penological Cooperation (PCTB), Council of Europe, Strasbourg (with Neubacher, F./Boxberg, V.).


  • "He just thought he could piss me off" - Young prisoners' careers of violence before and during imprisonment, Oral Presentation at the 13th European Congress of Criminology, Budapest.


  • Changing Strains, Changing Perspectives? Narratives of Juveniles about Strains and Violence before and in Prison, Oral Presentation at the 12th European Congress of Criminology, Bilbao.


  • Gewalt und Suizid im Jugendstrafvollzug, presentation at the 12th Scientific Conference of the Criminological Society, Heidelberg (with Neubacher, F./Oelsner, J.).
  • "At first you beat'em up normally" - explaining and understanding interpersonal violence in prison, Oral Presentation at the 11th European Congress of Criminology, Vilnius (with Oelsner, J.).


  • Understanding violence - on the challenge(s) of qualitative research in prison, presentation at the X. Workshop Aggression, Bonn.
  • The Development of Violence and Suicide within Youth Correctional Facilities, Oral Presentation at the 10th European Congress of Criminology, Liège (with Oelsner, J./Boxberg, V.).

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Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 15 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund's main train station, and from there the S-Bahn takes you to the university. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.