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Genealogical Perspectives on Criminalisation and Figures of Crime | Workin Session I

In three online seminars, the project "CrimScapes – Navigating Citizenship through European Landscapes of Criminalisation" invites attendees to explore the increasingly documented trend towards criminalisation in Western democracies. Understood broadly as the application of criminal law, crime control measures and imaginaries of (il)legality in the management of discourses, practices and populations, the increasing reliance on criminalisation is interconnected with the production and restructuring of moral orders and perceptions of threat and vulnerability. This trend is characterised by fortified framings of particular groups, practices and social conditions as threat necessitating action, especially legal regulation. In three sessions, we explore the political and legal genealogies of what is marked and governed as crime and criminal, and the production of condensed figures of threat. It grasps social categories of crimes and criminality as produced and negotiated through laws, policies, administrative categories, political debates, imaginaries and practices. We ask: Through which historical trajectories does criminalisation emerge as an instrument to govern groups and practices seen as a threat for moral and social orders? How do legal and crime control policies, and political debates, imaginaries and practices, frame criminalised spaces and re-shape particular figures of crime?
  • Genealogical Perspectives on Criminalisation and Figures of Crime | Workin Session I
  • 2021-06-11T12:00:00+02:00
  • 2021-06-11T15:00:00+02:00
  • In three online seminars, the project "CrimScapes – Navigating Citizenship through European Landscapes of Criminalisation" invites attendees to explore the increasingly documented trend towards criminalisation in Western democracies. Understood broadly as the application of criminal law, crime control measures and imaginaries of (il)legality in the management of discourses, practices and populations, the increasing reliance on criminalisation is interconnected with the production and restructuring of moral orders and perceptions of threat and vulnerability. This trend is characterised by fortified framings of particular groups, practices and social conditions as threat necessitating action, especially legal regulation. In three sessions, we explore the political and legal genealogies of what is marked and governed as crime and criminal, and the production of condensed figures of threat. It grasps social categories of crimes and criminality as produced and negotiated through laws, policies, administrative categories, political debates, imaginaries and practices. We ask: Through which historical trajectories does criminalisation emerge as an instrument to govern groups and practices seen as a threat for moral and social orders? How do legal and crime control policies, and political debates, imaginaries and practices, frame criminalised spaces and re-shape particular figures of crime?
Wann 11.06.2021 von 12:00 bis 15:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200) iCal
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Other dates: May 27th/ June 11th/ June 14th

Enroll: To attend the first session (open to the public) and/or to express your interest in the working sessions, please follow this link: https://eveeno.com/crimscapes

Please note that the second and third sessions are working sessions entailing exchanges within small working groups and thus with a limit number of participants.
The event(s) will be hosted via zoom. All information will be communicated via email prior to the event(s). For any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Jérémy Geereart via jeremy.geeraert@hu-berlin.de.

The CrimScapes research project (2020-2023) explores the growing mobilisation of criminal law, crime control measures and imaginaries of (il)legality as both responses to, and producers of, the politics of threat and uncertainty that are currently expanding across the European region. It works to analytically grasp the motivations behind, and challenges and implications of, criminalisation for the variety of actors and practices that (re-)shape entangled landscapes of criminalisation around abortion, drug use, hate speech, infectious diseases, sea rescue, sex work and women's prisons.

CrimScapes is a joint project realised by 11 researchers of four universities, namely Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Université Paris Saclay and University of Helsinki. The project is funded by NORFACE.

 

THEMATIC SEMINARS (ONLINE)

 

12AM-1PM | PRESENTATION BY JOHANNA NICKELS: “ALWAYS MORE AND NEVER ENOUGH? A FRENCHGERMAN COMPARISON OF LEGISLATIVE DYNAMICS IN CRIMINAL LAW”

 

Abstract: Both punishment & society researchers as well as criminal law scholars observed seemingly fundamental changes in Western democracies’ criminal policies throughout the last decades. This is especially true for a possible increase in harsh punishment or an expansion of criminal law, respectively. However, encompassing and comparative data on the evolution of criminal legislation is scarce, as social science research traditionally focuses on imprisonment rates and legal scholars usually opt for comparative in-depth analyses of very specific legal provisions impeding large-scale longitudinal approaches. This holds true for France and Germany, too. Deemed as rather moderate and stable in international comparisons, both countries have not been in the spotlight of international comparative research. This presentation aims to present an innovative and interdisciplinary perspective in introducing new comparative data from French and German criminal legislation throughout the last 25 years. With the help of a newly developed coding tool that integrates comparative law and social science approaches to systematically track and quantify legislative changes, a more refined picture of tendencies in the evolution of criminal legislation in both countries is painted. After a brief reflection on methodological challenges, key findings will be presented and compared that show changes in legislative activity throughout time and address a possible rise in harsher legislation, relevant differences between both countries as well as important nuances between different areas of criminal law.


Bio: Nickels’ PhD project is part of the interdisciplinary French-German research project "Strafkulturen auf dem Kontinent" ("Penal Cultures on the Continent"). She is currently a Fox International Fellow at Yale University. Her research interests revolve around the intersection of criminal law and society in general, comparative criminal law and innovative socio-legal research approaches.

1-3PM | WORKING GROUPS

A CRIME AND MEDIA: REPRESENTATIONS OF CRIME AND CRIMINALITY IN THE MEDIA,
PROF. DR. NICOLAS HUBÉ, DR. JÉRÉMY GEERAERT, DR. CLAIRE RUFFIO, DR. TODD SEKULER

The growing reliance on criminal law and crime control measures as both responses to, and producers of, the politics of threat and uncertainty in Western democracies has greatly contributed to, and is shaped by, spreading imaginaries of (il)legality and moral norms. Investigating the representation of crime and criminals in the media, together with their constituent figurations, enables reflection on the place and role of those imaginaries and norms in contemporary society. In this workshop, we will critically discuss representations of crime and criminality in the media.
It will begin with a short presentation by N. Hubé and C. Ruffio about the evolution of representations of crime in French and German newspapers between 1981 and 2011, followed by brief inputs addressing representations of crime in the fields of hate speech and sea rescue in the Mediterranean.

B VULNERABILISING CRIMINALISED SUBJECTS: ENTANGLEMENTS OF GENDER AND CRIME, DR. AGATA CHEŁSTOWSKA, DR. AGATA DZIUBAN, DR. FRIEDERIKE FAUST, DR. JUSTYNA STRUZIK

Scholars have pointed to the politics of criminalisation and securitisation as a tool for managing societies in modern democracies across the European region. These politics frame certain populations and individuals as threats and risks to social order and security that need to be governed through measures of crime control and punishment. However, these trends have been accompanied, and partly challenged, by efforts to highlight the vulnerability of criminalised groups and individuals, and by constituting them primarily as victims. This workshop aims to critically reflect on the entanglements of gender with notions of crime, victimhood and vulnerability. Four brief inputs addressing migrant sex work, abortion, drug use and women’s prison will stimulate a discussion on the intersections of threat and vulnerability, punishment, control and care.

 

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