Confronting the ‘violence of the archive’: crime, punishment and the modern state
Wednesday, 22 May 2019, 9:00 to 18:00
Who this event is for
Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site
archive remains an enduring symbol of state authority, and a critical resource
in the production of official knowledge and historical narrations of crime
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.
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.
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.
The workshop aims
- explore the connections between the archive and state
narrations of crime and punishment.
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.
Call for papers
the relationship between the archive and state narrations of crime and punishment.
- New perspectives on the relationship between state and
citizens (and non- citizens) in criminal justice settings.
- The recovery of voices, people and communities that are lost to the state archive (central, regional and local).
- The cultural signs (e.g. images, objects, sound) that can be recovered from state archives.
- The role of historical narratives in the development of a
liberal democratic disposition towards crime.
- The challenges of gaining access to knowledge on crime
and criminal justice in historical perspective.
keeping practices and the new realities of digitisation, big data, and
submit expressions of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
expression of interest should include:
- A brief biography (detailing institution, publications,
research interests, etc.).
- A working title.
- A proposal/abstract (of roughly 250 words).
deadline for the submission of abstracts is 29 March 2019.
Alternatively, if you are interested in attending as a delegate please email to
reserve a place.
final workshop plan will be finalised in due course. There is no conference fee
for attendance at this event. Lunch and other refreshments will be provided.
are expected to meet their own travel costs. However, support for travel
expenses will be considered for delegates who are confirmed as delivering
papers but would not otherwise be in a position to attend.
- Dr Kate West (Oxford Brookes University)
- Dr Thomas Guiney
(Oxford Brookes University).
More information and how to book