Confronting the ‘violence of the archive’: crime, punishment and the modern state
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Who this event is for
Executive Suite, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
The archive remains an enduring symbol of state authority, and a critical resource in the production of official knowledge and historical narrations of crime and punishment.
This 1-day workshop will confront the inherent ‘violence of the archive’ as a key site of collective ‘remembering’ and ‘forgetting’. It will consider the various ways in which the modern state has produced, and subsequently projected knowledge with regards to crime and punishment.
Drawing upon insights from the growing field of historical criminology this workshop will explore this dynamic and encourage new perspectives on the relationship between state and (non-)citizen within criminal justice settings; the lived experiences of individuals subject to state authority; the inner workings of closed penal institutions; and aspects of the penal policy-making cycle which remain hidden from public view.
Participants will consider the inherent challenges of using state-sanctioned primary sources that risk obscuring, silencing and reconfiguring lived experience and counter- memories. Accordingly, the temporal scope of this workshop is book-ended by the ‘birth’ of the modern state and the ambiguities of contemporary statehood.
- Dr Kate West (Oxford Brookes University)
- Dr Thomas Guiney (Oxford Brookes University).
The workshop aims to:
- explore the connections between the archive and state narrations of crime and punishment.
- draw attention to the unfolding relationship between state and (non-)citizen within criminal justice settings
- encourage greater dialogue between criminology and history, as well as criminologists and crime and criminal justice historians.
|09:00–10:00 ||Arrival: Registration and Refreshments |
| 10:00–10:15 ||Welcome and Introduction|
- A word on facilities
- Aims of the workshop
- Plan for the day
| 10:15–10:45 |
Introductory Session: On Historical Criminology
Henry Yeomans (University of Leeds), Iain Channing (University of Plymouth), David Churchill (University of Leeds): Thinking Historically Across Disciplines: Reflections on the Conceptual Aspects of Inter- Disciplinary Dialogue
| 10:45–11:00 || Coffee Break |
| 11:00–12:30 |
Panel 1: Unlocking Closed Penal Institutions
Ben Jarman (University of Cambridge): Tracing the history of child abuse in youth custody: does the archive offer current practitioners anything beyond useless wisdom after the fact?
Helen Johnson (University of Hull): Voices in the archive: Motherhood, identity and the Victorian convict prison
David J Cox (University of Wolverhampton) and Joseph Hale (University of Wolverhampton): 'Major H' and Murder in the Archive: The Governor's Journal of Major Robert John Fayrer Hickey, 1870–72
Kate Herrity (University of Leicester): Subverting signs: Using historical inspection reports to revisit and rethink prison spaces
| 12:30–13:15 || Lunch |
| 13:15–14:45 |
Panel 2: The State, Deviance and Crime Control
Phil Rawsthorn (Edge Hill University): Turning the Enemy
Within into Enemies of the State: The Subversion in Public Life Group 1985–89
Katherine Roscoe (University of Liverpool): Decolonizing Aboriginal Prisoner Records through Biography
Michael Reeve (University of Hull): The Criminalisation of Everyday Life during the First World War: The Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) in Local Court Records
Nikki Weihe (University of Illinois at Chicago) “A Tidal Wave of idleness”: How state actors frame(d) carceral traffic, idleness and work ideologies in U.S. carceral discourse
| 14:45–15:00 || Coffee Break |
| 15:00–16:30 |
Panel 3: Recovering Lost Narratives of Crime and Punishment
Phil Thomas (University of Glasgow): On the Roof of the Prison with Fist Raised to the Sky: Resisting Enforced Narratives of Crime and Punishment
Richard W. Ireland (Aberystwyth University): Reality and Myth in Popular Punishment
Kate West (Oxford Brookes University): Seen But Not Heard?: Listening to Images of Women’s Imprisonment
Craig Stafford (University of Liverpool): Analysing Female Prison Registers: Strangeways Prison, Manchester, 1869–1875
| 16:30–17:00 || Concluding remarks |
| 17:00+ || Reception |
(following the workshop speakers and attendees welcome to join us for an evening meal in Headington, Oxford)
If you would like to attend this event please email Dr Kate West ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Thomas Guiney ( email@example.com).