Colloque : The World of Prisons. The History of Confinement in a Global Perpective, Late Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Century (7-10 september 2019, university of Bern)

Affiche du colloqueWednesday

Main Building, Room 215 Hochschulstrasse 4

16:30 – 16:45 Welcome Address

Panel 1: The History
of the Prison in a Global Perspective: Historio­ graphical Concepts

Chair: Sabine Freitag, University of Bamberg

Four Centuries of Prisons and Camps:
A Global Perspective
Pieter Spierenburg, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Transnational Prison Histories:
Including the Excluded
Mary Gibson, City University of New York

The Global and the Local in the History of the Prison
Stephan Scheuzger, University of Bern

17:45–18:45 Plenary Discussion

Apéro riche


Main Building, Room 215 Hochschulstrasse 4

Panel 2: Early Modern Developments

Chair: Britta Hentschel, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Is There a Global History of the Prison in Early Modernity?
Falk Bretschneider, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Always Up-to-Date? The Evolution of the Hamburg Prison System, 1615–1879 Ralf Futselaar, Institute for War, Holo- caust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam

Coffee Break

Panel 3: Imprisonment and the Law

Chair: Lucy Williams, University of Liverpool

‘Penal Servitude’ in England 1853–1914: A Success?
Martin J. Wiener, Rice University

Policy Transfer in Penology and Surveil- lance in the British Empire and its Australian Colonies
Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool

Short Break

12:00 – 12:45
Linking Prison Reform and Constitutional Revolutions in the Global Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century
Kent F. Schull, Binghamton University

Lunch Break

Panel 4: Knowledge, Representations and Practices

Chair: Ueli Hostettler, University of Bern

The Tread-Mill Debate in the British Atlantic World, 1818–1840
Bruce P. Smith, University of Denver

Testing the Limits of Global Knowledge:
A Microhistory of British Prison Discourse and Policy in 1851
Steven Soper, University of Georgia

Coffee Break

Revolts against the Gaze: A Collective Portrait of Imprisonment in the Casa de Correção in Rio de Janeiro, 1859–1876 Jonathan M. Square, New York University

Islands and Prisons: Literal and Meta- phorical Insularity in Punishment Satadru Sen, City University of New York

Coffee Break

Broadening the Discussion: Imprisonment in Penal Context

Chair: Thomas Hirt, University of Bern

17:45 – 18:30
Civilizing Violence? Imprisonment and Penality in British Colonial Africa, c. 1910–1950s
Stacey Hynd, University of Exeter


Main Building, Room 215 Hochschulstrasse 4

Panel 5: Actors and Transfers I

Chair: Brigitte Studer, University of Bern

‘Inhuman and Unnatural’: The Atlantic Correspondence Network of Theory and Practice of Prison Discipline
Margaret Charleroy, University of Warwick

Nikolaus Heinrich Julius (1783–1862)– Inventor of ‘Prison Science’ and Humboldtian Traveller in Great Britain and the USA

Ingo Löppenberg, University of Cologne

Coffee Break

10:20 – 11:50
The Prison and Its Publics:

Circulation and Confinement in British India, 1830–1940
David Arnold, University of Warwick

Clerks, Governors, and Inspectors:
The Role of the Colonial Office in Transferring Knowledge and Negotiating Punishment in the British Empire, 1830s to 1890s
Thomas Hirt, University of Bern

Short Break

Broadening the Discussion: Contested Traditions

Chair: Michael Offermann, University of Bern

12:00 – 12:45
A More Civilized Punishment: Prisons and Jurisdictional Disputes on the Nineteenth Century Gold Coast
Erin Braatz, New York University

Lunch Break

Panel 5: Actors and Transfers II

14:15 – 15:45
Prison Experts and the International Union of Penal Law (1889–1914) Sylvia Kesper-Biermann,
University of Cologne

Charles Handerson and the Experience of Imperial Forced Migration, c. 1825–1854 Derek Elliott, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane

Coffee Break

Panel 6: Entangled Histories of Prison Systems I

Chair: Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool

Colonial ‘Cinderella’: The Dialectics of Penality in Early Colonial Uganda, 1894–1939
Katherine Bruce-Lockhart, University of Cambridge

‘There seems to be no reason why our Indian Jails should not rival those at home and in America.’ Aims, Methods and Meanings of Imprisonment in British India between Local, Regional, Imperial,
and Global Contexts, 1825–1892
Michael Offermann, University of Bern

Short Break

17:45 – 18:30
The Transfer of Penal Science to Brazil and the South Atlantic
Martine Jean, University of South Carolina

Conference Dinner


Building UniS, Room A 201 Schanzeneckstrasse 1

Panel 6: Entangled Histories of Prison Systems II

09:00 – 10:30
Ottoman Prison Reform in Istanbul and Izmir in the Late Ottoman Empire Ufuk Adak, Independent Researcher, Istanbul

Punishment after Empire: State-Building, Democratisation and Imprisonment in Post-Ottoman Greece
Leonidas Cheliotis, London School of Economics

Coffee Break

Final Discussion

Chair: Stephan Scheuzger, University of Bern

10:50 – 11:20
Inputs by Pieter Spierenburg,
Mary Gibson, and Stephan Scheuzger

11:20 – 12:15 Plenary Discussion


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