Musée des confluences

Tell me how you punish people, I'll tell you who we are

Meetings in French

Saturday 11 January | 3:30 to 7 pm

3:30 | Prison and penal policies: what prisons say about our societies
What does the way we punish people reveal about the society we live in? What roles do the images we have of prison, prisoners and crime play in the application of justice? What is "prison populism"?

Round table with Denis Salas, magistrate, chairman of the Association française pour l’histoire de la justice and director of the journal Les Cahiers de la justice, Delphine Boesel, lawyer at the Bar of Paris, chairwoman of the French branch of the Observatoire International des prisons (to be confirmed), Yasmine Bouagga, sociologist, CNRS research officer at the laboratory Triangle in Lyon, specialist in penal policy and migration.

6 pm | Critique of the punitive approach
Author of a significant body of work on prison and authority, Didier Fassin invites us to rethink the role of punishment in the contemporary world, contrary to the prevailing mood of penal populism.

Didier Fassin, professor of social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS).

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