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Police et contrôle du territoire, les permanences dans les discontinuités / POLIZIE E CONTROLLO DEL TERRITORIO: LE PERMANENZE NELLE DISCONTINUITÀ / THE POLICE FORCE AND TERRITORIAL CONTROL: PERMANENCY IN DISCONTINUITY

La ricerca storica sulle polizie e sul controllo del territorio negli ultimi anni si è focalizzata in larga misura sulle pratiche, sulle culture e in genere sul mestiere.  Questo profilo di studio, che ha necessariamente stimolato le ricerche di base, ha anche messo in evidenza quanto sia limitativo approcciare questi temi radicandosi al piano normativo e profilando grandi modelli interpretativi. Le polizie, se è lecito chiamarle così anche per l’antico regime, sono apparati o istituti che per loro natura vivono e operano nello spazio che connette il potere con la società. Il ventaglio amplissimo dei compiti rimanda sempre ad alcune costanti: le polizie devono vigilare all’affermazione di valori e interessi prodotti dall’alto, difendendo l’ordine sociale dai comportamenti illegali. Per fare ciò devono operare a contatto della società e se a certi livelli il loro agire deve muovere entro binari formalizzati, ad altri livelli la priorità del fine da raggiungere fa sì che esse ricorrano, e sia loro concesso ricorrere, a strumenti e pratiche che consentano la necessaria rapidità ed efficacia. E così a livello operativo, di composizione di corpi, di saperi pratici si deve necessariamente fare riferimento, studiando le polizie, a una dimensione nella quale il piano formale e quello consuetudinario si mescolano in modo importante, e in cui spesso pratiche, saperi e uomini che vengono dal profondo contraddicono anche in modo marcato ciò che gli indirizzi politico-amministrativi e normativi avrebbero voluto affermare. Le pratiche di disciplinamento e controllo del territorio divengono, in questa prospettiva, un potente strumento per analizzare la poliedrica dimensione del soggetto giuridico e della sua relazione con le dimensioni del governo e della partecipazione politica, rifuggendo la ricerca di una artificiale uniformità interpretativa.

Se per l’antico regime queste condizioni sono intuitivamente comprensibili, dall’età napoleonica in avanti, e in particolare con riferimento allo Stato liberale, la forza del costituzionalismo e del positivismo giuridico fanno velo a questa compromissione di piani, specie quando la soggiacente dimensione corporativa della società si ammanta di un lessico formalmente nuovo, facendo del tecnico il presunto momento a-politico del potere. L’ossequio formale a determinate categorie diviene il principale strumento attraverso cui riportare vecchie pratiche nell’alveo rassicurante dello Stato di Diritto: si pensi solo alla formalizzazione dell’informalizzabile, come appunto è stato fatto creando lo spazio delle indagini sotto copertura. A guardare con attenzione si vede che questa doppia dimensione delle polizie si riconosce anche dall’Ottocento in avanti, in modo analogo a quanto è dato riconoscere nei tentativi di ridefinizione delle modalità di controllo del territorio in antico regime e financo nel medioevo.

L’incontro si propone di esaminare, sul lungo periodo, casi che illustrino questo gioco di permanenze e di adattamenti che sottostanno alle discontinuità indotte da modifiche nelle filosofie e negli assetti di governo. Solo per proporre qualche esempio, si può fare riferimento agli inevitabili contrasti ed eredità che la creazione di nuove polizie porta con sé: si guardi ai mille problemi che accompagnano la creazione delle gendarmerie, che devono confrontarsi con selezioni di uomini, assunzione di carichi economici e altro che si traducono in molti casi in compromessi con un passato che si sarebbe voluto superare. Oppure, sul piano delle pratiche, meritano di essere analizzate le modalità spesso ambigue e a debole regolamentazione dell’utilizzo di reparti di linea con compiti di polizia, spesso strumento, per l’autorità civile, per aggirare vincoli di natura giuridica e oggetto di più o meno sotterranei conflitti con l’autorità militare. Ambiguità che, dipendendo dai contesti, si traduce nella perdurante ricerca di legittimazione della dimensione corporativa dei protagonisti civili e militari del governo. Ma infiniti altri, e su momenti cronologici diversi, possono essere gli spunti di riflessione.

L’incontro di studi, che si inserisce nell’ormai ventennale attività convegnistica del CEPOC (www.cepoc.it), si terrà nell’incantevole sede di Palazzo Feltrinelli a Gargnano del Garda il 19 e 20 ottobre 2018. Si prevede l’arrivo dei convegnisti nella serata di giovedì 18 ottobre e la chiusura dei lavori col pranzo di sabato 20. Per chi arrivasse con i mezzi di trasporto a Milano o nei suoi aeroporti (Linate, Malpensa, Orio al Serio), nei limiti del possibile si offrirà un passaggio in auto per raggiungere la sede del convegno. L’organizzazione si farà carico delle spese di vitto e di alloggio, mentre potrà farsi carico delle spese di viaggio solo in casi particolari.

Il seminario prevede una prima giornata (venerdì 19) interamente dedicata alla presentazione di relazioni, mentre la mattinata del sabato sarà dedicata alla libera discussione tra tutti i partecipanti. Si potrà prendere parte al seminario sia in veste di relatore e discussant, sia di solo discussant. La partecipazione sarà sia a inviti, sia tramite call for paper. Al proposito si valuteranno proposte di partecipazione accompagnate da titolo della comunicazione e relativo abstract (da inviare a livio.antonielli@unimi.it o a giacomo.demarchi@unimi.it entro il 31 luglio 2018).

Call for papers CEPOC: “Polizie e controllo del territorio: le permanenze nella discontinuità” (scadenza 31 luglio 2018)

 

English

In recent years, longitudinal studies into the police force and territorial control have focused principally on practical and cultural aspects, as well as on the routine workings of the force.  This line of inquiry, of necessity, acts as a stimulant for basic research projects. It also shows the limitations of an approach that is confined to a purely prescriptive level while simultaneously foreshadowing large-scale interpretive models.

The police force, if we may call it so also in reference to the ancien gime, is an agency, or institution, which by its very nature, exists and operates within a space that connects state power with society.

The vast range of its tasks consistently revolves around certain constants: the police must be vigilant in upholding the standards and agendas generated from above, and in defending the social order from unlawful behaviour.

In order to achieve this, they must maintain a strong societal presence. In some areas their modus operandi implies an adherence to textbook directives, while in other areas the priority of achieving an objective may necessitate their resorting to tactical measures that will result promptly and effectively in the desired outcome.

Consequently, in researching the police force at the operational level, and in relation to recruitment, composition and practical expertise, reference must necessarily be made to an area in which prescription and modus operandi are significantly mixed, and where practices, expertise and officers at the grassroots level are sometimes in marked contrast with the prescriptions of would-be political and administrative principles.

From this perspective, the practical aspects of territorial governance and control become a powerful instrument for analysing the multifaceted nature of a citizenry consisting of legal entities, and its relationship with the arms of government and its political involvement, while avoiding the search for a contrived interpretive uniformity.

In the case of the ancien régime, these conditions can be intuitively grasped. However, from the era of Napoleon onward, with particular reference to the Liberal State, the powers of constitutionalism and legal positivism have obscured the above scenario. This has been based on compromise, especially when the underlying « corporative » aspect of society dons the mantle of a formally new lexicon, and the technical aspects allegedly become the apolitical face of power. Formal lip-service to some defined categories thus becomes the main instrument through which old customs are brought back into the comforting fold of the Constitutional State: we need only to think of the legitimation of what should be illegitimate, as in the authorization of undercover investigations.

Careful consideration reveals that this double dimension of the police force can be recognized from the 19th century onwards, similar to the way in which we can identify attempts to redefine the forms of territorial control in anciens régimes, including even the Middle Ages.

The conference is designed to examine, over an extended period of time, specific cases that highlight the interplay of permanencies and adjustments underpinning the discontinuity caused by changes in the philosophy and structures of government.

Solely to quote some examples, we may refer to the inevitable conflicts and legacies brought about by the creation of a new police force and the innumerable problems associated with it. These include, among others, issues of recruitment and financial obligations that often result in compromises with an historical background the authorities would have preferred to leave behind.

Alternatively, in a practical context, we would need to assess the often-ambiguous « soft » protocols concerning regulations for the employment of military units with policing tasks. These often become an instrument used by civilian authorities to circumvent legal obstacles and a trigger for more or less hidden conflicts with the military. It is an ambiguity, depending on context, that can form the basis for an ongoing search for legitimation of the « corporative » dimension of civilian and military authorities in government. However countless other stimuli for reflexion can be found, in various chronological phases.

The conference, one of a 20-year-old series of CEPOC meetings (www.cepoc.it), will be held at the charming Palazzo Feltrinelli in Gargnano del Garda on 19 and 20 October 2018. Participants are invited to arrive on the evening of Thursday, 18 October and remain for lunch on Saturday 20 October. Those travelling to Milan by public transport, or flying into the nearby airports (Linate, Malpensa or Orio al Serio), will, wherever possible, be met and transported to the conference venue by car. Meals and accommodation will be provided by the organizing committee. Travel costs will be met only in certain specific cases.

Day One (Friday 19th) will be entirely devoted to individual contributions. Saturday morning will be devoted to a free-ranging discussion involving all participants.  You will be able to participate both as speaker and discussant, or alternatively as discussant only. Attendance will be either by invitation or through a call for papers. Proposals for papers should bear a title and be accompanied by an abstract (send to livio.antonielli@unimi.it or to giacomo.demarchi@unimi.it, by no later than 31 July 2018).

Livio Antonielli

Giacomo Demarchi

Call for Papers / Proposta : Police effectiveness

 

POLICE EFFECTIVENESS: the stationing on territory and the wage policy

 

In the policing and police history literature, rich by now, surely there has not been a lack of attention towards spatial organization.  I am referring to numerous studies published in the recent past. The administrative divisions and the control logics that accompanied this process of definition and organization of spaces, with a specific focus on the period of eighteenth-century reforms, have been widely analysed. However, while these studies have generally highlighted the rationalising function related to the project and the realization of these administrative units, they have not drawn the same attention to the stationing on territory of people concretely responsible for control duties. This is even truer if the chronological perspective of observation is diversified and extended.

Therefore, the next workshop organized by Cepoc (see www.cepoc.it for the complete list of precedent seminars), planned in Gargnano, on Garda Lake, the 21st and 22nd October 2016, is going to be about this subject. In particular, we want to draw the attention to what was, and in obedience to which rationales, the presence on territory of policing forces and policing men, with the aim of reconstructing their location, the changes over time and the reasons that preside and presided over the various choices. In fact, about this subject, knowledge is still rather uncertain. Continuer la lecture de Call for Papers / Proposta : Police effectiveness

Appel à communications : LA SOCIETA’ E IL TERRITORIO: IL CONTROLLO ATTRAVERSO FIDUCIARI

LA SOCIETA’ E IL TERRITORIO: IL CONTROLLO ATTRAVERSO FIDUCIARI

http://www.cepoc.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/call_fiduciari_2015_low.pdf

La storiografia su polizia e controllo del territorio da qualche anno sta focalizzando la propria attenzione sulle concrete modalità attraverso le quali, nelle diverse epoche, lo stato, le comunità, la società civile cercavano di fronteggiare le minacce interne e rendere effettivo il controllo del rispettivo territorio.

Lo studio delle polizie, in tutte le possibili forme organizzative, è ovviamente al centro di questa riflessione. Tuttavia una delle forme di difesa più significative è certamente quella che vede per protagonista la stessa società civile, attraverso modalità consuetudinarie di intervento. La storiografia si è spesso interessata a queste forme di difesa, ma quasi esclusivamente con riferimento agli aspetti che più sono accostabili all’organizzazione di difese militari o para-militari: faccio riferimento alle milizie in tutte le loro forme, a presidi, strutture d’avvistamento, controlli confinari e sanitari, alle mobilitazioni più o meno organizzate al suono delle campane a martello e così via. Molto ai margini, invece, è rimasto lo studio delle numerosissime figure, presenti ovunque e in ogni epoca, cui erano demandate specifiche operazioni di controllo, vuoi per garantire la sicurezza dei traffici, vuoi per combattere la delinquenza, vuoi per garantire dai contagi, vuoi per disciplinare l’attività agricola, la navigazione e via di seguito. Continuer la lecture de Appel à communications : LA SOCIETA’ E IL TERRITORIO: IL CONTROLLO ATTRAVERSO FIDUCIARI

Colloque international. Les systèmes policiers et leurs territoires (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles)

ANR Systèmes policiers européens (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles)
2-3 juillet 2015
Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence, France
Le programme « Les systèmes policiers européens XVIIIe-XIXe siècles) », soutenu par l’Agence nationale de la recherche (http://syspoe.hypotheses.org), s’inscrit dans le renouvellement qu’a connu l’histoire des polices ces dernières années. La notion de « système policier » renvoie d’une part à la façon dont, dans un espace et à un moment donnés, s’articulent différentes forces de police, selon des relations complexes de complémentarité, de concurrence, de hiérarchie ; elle interroge d’autre part les articulations et les interactions qui lient les administrations ou corps de police avec d’autres institutions de régulation sociale et leurs acteurs, qu’il s’agisse de l’armée, de la justice, de l’Eglise, des métiers, etc. Continuer la lecture de Colloque international. Les systèmes policiers et leurs territoires (XVIIIe-XIXe siècles)

Appel à communications / Call for papers : « La polizia delle strade e delle acque navigabili” / “Policing roads and navigable waters” (deadline 10.09.2014)

Tiré du site Cepoc,

La polizia delle strade e delle acque navigabili: dalla sicurezza alla regolazione del traffico

Seminario di studi

Abbiategrasso (Milano) 28/29 novembre 2014

Proseguendo nella ormai consolidata tradizione di agili incontri seminariali di discussione su tematiche relative alla polizia e al controllo del territorio (per gli incontri sin qui svolti e la relativa pubblicazione di atti cfr. le sezioni Convegni e Collana di questo sito) si intende quest’anno affrontare l’argomento “La polizia delle strade e delle acque navigabili: dalla sicurezza alla regolazione del traffico”.
Continuer la lecture de Appel à communications / Call for papers : « La polizia delle strade e delle acque navigabili” / “Policing roads and navigable waters” (deadline 10.09.2014)

Appel à communications : « Migration policies and the materiality of identification in European cities, 1500 ‐ 2000 »

Call for papers for an international conference hosted by
Hilde Greefs (University of Antwerp – Centre of Urban History)
Anne Winter (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Historical Research Into Urban Transformation Processes)
Place: Antwerp ‐ Date: 28‐29 May 2015
Urban history is to a large degree a history of migration and of dealing with migration. In late medieval and early modern cities migration flows and settlement were often regulated by localinstitutions such as citizenship, guild membership and settlement laws. During the transition from early modern to contemporary society, these local institutions were profoundly transformed as cities became part of modern nation states, where citizenship and membership primarily related to the nation and involved new mechanisms of identification and incorporation.
Economic and social historians have linked this transition to proletarianization andindustrialization, focusing on the impact of economic transformations on push and pull factors of migration, and relating the exclusion and disciplining of immigrants to class struggle. Political historians have in contrast placed the nation state and national identity at the centre of their analysis, often reducing the causes for changes in migration regulation to a monitoring problem. Cultural historians and historians of political thought in turn refer to still other causes, such as enlightenment thinking with its emphasis on natural rights, individualism and popular sovereignty.

Continuer la lecture de Appel à communications : « Migration policies and the materiality of identification in European cities, 1500 ‐ 2000 »

Police et Justice : le noeud gordien. Du temps des Lumières à l’État libéral (1750-1850)

POLICE ET JUSTICE : LE NOEUD GORDIEN Du temps des Lumières à l’État libéral (1750-1850) Colloque international sous l’égide de DAMOCLES (Unige) et de l’ANR SYSPOE. Avec le soutien de l’International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice (IAHCCJ). 20-22 novembre 2014, Université de Genève

Comité d’organisation : Marco CICCHINI (Université de Genève), Vincent DENIS (Paris-I Sorbonne), Vincent MILLIOT (Université de Caen), Michel PORRET (Université de Genève) Comité scientifique : Livio ANTONIELLI (Università di Milano) ; Pascal BASTIEN (Université du Québec à Montréal) ; Jean-Marc BERLIÈRE (Université de Bourgogne/ CESDIP-CNRS) ; Frédéric CHAUVAUD (Université de Poitiers) ; Catherine DENYS (Université de Lille 3) ; Clive EMSLEY (The Open University) ; Paul FRIEDLAND (Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University) ; Donald FYSON (Université Laval, Québec) ; Karl HÄRTER (Max-Planck- Institute für europäische Rechstgeschichte) ; Anja JOHANSEN (University of Dundee) ; René LEVY (CESDIP-CNRS) ; Brigitte MARIN (Université Aix-Marseille) ; Alessandro PASTORE (Università di Verona) ; Xavier ROUSSEAUX (Université catholique de Louvain).

Appel à contribution Depuis le XVIIe siècle, en pratique comme en théorie, police et justice constituent deux modalités spécifiques de la pacification sociale, deux manières d’exercer la puissance souveraine, deux modes de gouvernement. Continuer la lecture de Police et Justice : le noeud gordien. Du temps des Lumières à l’État libéral (1750-1850)

Appel à communications / Call For Papers : Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World

Call for Papers
Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World
British Academy, London, 29 June-1 July 2015
Sponsored by The Centre for the History of Violence, and the University of Newcastle, Australia

Guest speakers: Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University & Elizabeth Kolsky, Villanova University Continuer la lecture de Appel à communications / Call For Papers : Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern and Contemporary World

Call for papers / Appel à communication : « Narrating Police” – Between Legitimatizing Claims, Scholarly Reflections and Media Constructs

Call for Paper: 25th Colloquium on Police History

3-5 July 2014, Geschichtsort Villa ten Hompel, Muenster

« Narrating Police” – Between Legitimatizing Claims, Scholarly Reflections and Media Constructs

 

Local organisers:

Geschichtsort Villa ten Hompel Muenster (Bettina Blum, PhD; Thomas Koehler; Michael Sturm), in cooperation with the chair for Early Modern and Modern History, University of Muenster (Prof Thomas Grossboelting, PhD)

 

The Colloquium on Police History was founded in 1990 during the Historians’ Day in Bochum. Since then a circle of interested scholars has met once a year at alternating locations in order to discuss the state of police research. In this way, aspects of social, cultural and everyday history have been pointed out. The colloquium concentrates on interdisciplinary and – in a growing manner – international approaches. Attendees with a general interest on police history are very welcomed. We also particularly invite young researchers.

This year the Colloquium on Police History is hosted by the Geschichtsort Villa ten Hompel in Muenster which cooperates for this event with the chair for Early Modern and Modern History of the University of Muenster. The anniversary conference aims to reflect the state and the results of socio-historical and historico-cultural police research over the past two decades. Furthermore, prospective research concepts may be discussed both in a national and international perspective. This year’s title of the Colloquium on Police History « Narrating Police » – Between Legitimizing Claims, Scholarly Reflections and Media Constructs refers to the complex dimensions and diverging intentions when speaking and writing about « the police ». On the one hand, police forces have become research objects for historians and social scientists that analyse the institution and its agents. On the other hand, the members of the police explain and interpret their experiences themselves in order to produce meaning for their actions (or even justify them). Finally, media images as well as their colleagues‘aspirations, expectations, anxieties and aggressions might be projected upon individual policeman or policewoman. As a consequence, the 25th Colloquium on Police History emphasises three aspects:

1.)   Over the last years, a range of research and exhibition projects have been finalized. Some of them led to cooperation between external researchers and police authorities, respectively interested policewomen and –men, e.g. in the exhibition « Order and Destruction. The Police within the Nazi State » [orig.: Ordnung und Vernichtung. Die Polizei im NS-Staat] that was opened by the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin in April 2011. Additionally, the Federal Criminal Police Office [orig.: Bundeskriminalamt] commissioned a study that was released in 2011. Since any apologetic tendencies were missing both the public and the academic community appreciated the projects.

Yet the research, exhibition and educational projects that were initiated by German police authorities focussed mainly on the period of Nazi Germany.  A comparable discourse on Police History in the GDR seems to be rather marginalized. Admittedly, in the last years numerous studies that address the organization of People’s Police [orig.: Volkspolizei], their self-perceptions and operations have occurred. But in what manner do police authorities adopt this theoretical knowledge? In how far do contemporary “Principles of Good Policing” correspond to the patterns of legitimation, e.g. to narratives, perspectives and experiences of those officers who already fulfilled their duty in the GDR and still fulfil their duty in the Federal Republic of Germany?

Furthermore, the question arises as to how far a critical-based police history within the police itself exists. Against the background of Nazi Germany and (despite all the differences) even the GDR: Did and do the research and exhibition projects perhaps function primarily as legitimizing claims aiming to draw a success story of the police in the « old » and the « new » Federal Republic? Or does the police “make use” of its history hoping to better understand social transformations and conflicts? Is a critical preoccupation with the own institution’s history evidence for a progressive orientation to human and civil rights? But to what extent and upon what methods have projects on Police History found entrance into police training and education? The primary question is whether the critical analysis and the preoccupation with history also led to a diversified cop culture.

It would also be inspiring to discuss approaches to police-historical projects beyond caesuras and in transnational perspectives. What do researchers and scholars in other countries focus upon when they examine the police’s role(s) in former colonies or occupied territories? Does the historical knowledge find entrance into police officer training and education?

2.)   The second focus of the colloquium is on the role of contemporary Police History in the context of current historical, cultural- and social-scientific research. Does a consistent research area called “Police History” really exist that can be circumscribed towards different disciplines, e.g. History of Law or History of Administration or Historical Criminology? Or does current Police History benefit from a “cross-sectional” research in contrast to those well-established fields of research?

In particular, projects with an international comparative approach give hope for constructive results here. The Colloquium on Police History provides and even provided a plattform to discuss transnational and interdisciplinary dimensions on several occasions. However, social-scientific, criminological and historical researches into police still seem to go separate ways. Among which aspirations and perspectives ought police-historical researches to be evolved – beyond any empty phrases in grant applications?

3.)   The third aspect of the Colloquium on Police History focuses on media constructs concerning the police. What effect do documentations, exhibitions or fictionalisations – from crime novels to feature films to TV serials – have on police and police work? How do medial images conversely affect the police, their institutional models and their practises of self-dramatization? In how far do police forces try to influence medial images of their institution in a positive way?

Over and above these main focuses a section for workshop and on-going research reports beyond the subject-matter is to be planned.

Languages are German and English.

The organisers will reserve a hotel room for speakers. Travelling expenses can be reimbursed for speakers up to 150 €.

Please submit your abstract for a paper to be presented at the conference (one page max.) until February 28th, 2014. We are looking forward to receiving your proposals and to hosting an inspiring conference.

Mail contact: vth-tagung@stadt-muenster.de

 

Bettina Blum, Thomas Koehler, Michael Sturm

CFP : International Conference : Policing Empires, Brussels, December 2013

CFP International Conference Policing Empires: Social Control, Political Transition, (Post-)Colonial Legacies

Call for Papers

International Conference

Policing Empires Social Control, Political Transition, (Post-)Colonial Legacies

December 2013 Brussels, Belgium

After years of academic neglect, colonial policing has recently attracted increasing attention. New historical insights on colonial security strategies and on their postcolonial vestiges (in the global South as well as in the former metropoles) testify to the dynamism of this field of research. The 2-day international conference Policing Empires: Social Control, Political Transition, (Post-)Colonial Legacies, to be held in Brussels in December 2013, is the last in a series of events convened by the GERN Working Group on (Post-)Colonial Policing. Preceding workshops have focused on policing in the British, French, Belgian and Dutch, and finally Portuguese Empires and have addressed various aspects of policing, surveillance and security experiences. Building on these explorations, the aim of this final conference is to spur new reflection and discussion on connectivity, continuity and change across the (former) European Empires and to promote a multi-sited and comparative approach to colonial policing practices and their legacies in the postcolonial world. It intends to bring together researchers and research evidence from different areas of the world and of specialization, and to foster cross-disciplinary and cross-empire debates through innovative case-studies related to the broad themes of the conference.
In order to open new perspectives, we invite papers that transcend traditional definitions and paradigms of policing in 19th and 20th century colonial contexts. This entails debates not limited to police services but embracing other actors, strategies and techniques which were also part of the colonial law and order apparatus, as well as analysis going beyond institutional approaches and state boundaries. In both cases, we would like to discuss formal and informal interactions of colonial security norms and projects with the social and spatial realities of the policed.
The conference will be organized along three major themes: social control, political transition and (post-)colonial legacies. These will provide a flexible framework allowing to explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:
Social Control•    Class, race, ethnicity, gender and policing •    Informal and semi-informal mechanisms of control •    Policing, consent and control •    Criminality, delinquency and urban order
Political Transition •    Policing and pacification •    Intelligence and surveillance •    Colonial and counter-colonial networks •    Negotiating a ‘new’ order: violence, resistance, agency
(Post-)Colonial Legacies
Colonial (dis)continuities in policing the (newly) independent state Police work and the internationalization/regionalization of security politics Memories of policing, police violence and repression Policing the former colonized in the metropole.
(The above list is only indicative and papers on all aspects of the broad themes of the conference are welcome.)
For paper proposals, please submit a title, a 250-word abstract and a short biography in English by April 1st, 2013 to policingempires.conference2013@gmail.com. Authors will be sent notifications of acceptance or rejection by email before May 1st, 2013 and complete papers will be due on November 1st, 2013. Selected proceedings of the conference will be published.
A limited budget to help with travel and/or accommodation expenses may be made available (with preference given to junior and low-income scholars). Please note that these funds are very limited: participants are therefore encouraged to find their own sources of financial support.
For more information, please contact policingempires.conference2013@gmail.com
Organizing Committee : Emmanuel Blanchard (CESDIP/Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin, France) Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV, The Netherlands) Margo De Koster (Université catholique de Louvain / Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) Amandine Lauro (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

CFP : European Perspectives on Cultures of Violence

Call for Papers

European Perspectives on Cultures of Violence

 

The Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester,

27-28 June 2013

 

What can we learn from the way that violent behaviour is experienced and perceived in European culture? This interdisciplinary conference invites discussion over the nature of violence in differing times and places. The aim is to not only bring together historians of different periods, but also to promote dialogue across a range of disciplines concerned with the study of violence in the modern world. What can comparative historical studies add to these debates, and how can historians benefit from the work of criminologists, anthropologists and sociologists in return? How can the study of acts of violence, both past and present, challenge or support modern claims of humanity and progress? Can we account for the dramatic historical decline in homicide rates in some parts of the world, or their persistence in others? A lot of valuable work has examined how gender affects experience of violent crime, as both offender and victim. We will also consider the role of brutality in oppressive regimes or industrial systems, while the centralized containment of violence and ‘civilising processes’ are integral to narratives of modern state formation.

 

Shifting to local studies, new questions arise. What was the cultural significance of violence and the law in specific regions? Were these meanings specific to differing social groups and did they change across time? Was interpersonal violence necessarily incompatible with local perceptions of civilised behaviour? What can the study of these communities add to anthropological debates over relations between local cultures and systems of universal values? We want to encourage interaction and discussion of violence as a source of social and political power, and as an aspect of culturally relative interpersonal relations.

 

Confirmed speakers: Prof Andy Wood, Prof Peter King, Prof Patricia Skinner and Dr Joanne Bailey.

 

We welcome proposed papers that deal with one or more of the following issues:

·         domestic violence

·         gendered experience of violence

·         violence and the state

·         violence and ethnicity

·         geographies of homicide

·         comparative histories of criminal justice reform

·         public perceptions of violent crime and punishment

·         the emotions of violence

·         trauma and memories of violence and conflict

We hope that this call for papers will be answered both by historians but also by researchers in other disciplines who deal with these questions. Although our main focus will be Europe, papers presenting comparative studies from other regions are also sought.

Proposals for papers of approximately 300 words should be sent to simon.sandall@winchester.ac.uk  before 30 March 2013, accompanied by short biographical details.

Call for papers : 12th International Conference on Urban History, Lisbonne, 3-6 septembre 2014

Attention : la date de clôture pour proposer une session est fixée au 31 mars 2013.

We would like to invite you to participate in the 12th International Conference on Urban History «Cities in Europe, Cities in the World», which will be held at the Nova University of Lisbon from 3 to 6 September 2014.

The call for sessions’ deadline has been extended and we will continue to accept proposals until 31 March 2013. Instructions for the submission of sessions will be available on the website: www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt. In April 2013 session organizers will be informed if their session is accepted.

The European Association for Urban History encourages cross-disciplinary and international research on urban history. Therefore the EAUH invites you to submit sessions that are as comparative and interdisciplinary as possible. Furthermore, we give priority to sessions which are co-organized by scholars from different universities/countries.

Please visit our website (http://www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt) for further information, and do not hesitate to contact us (eauh2014@fcsh.unl.pt) if you have any questions or doubts.