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Rethinking the Institution in the Long Nineteenth Century

July 13, 2017 - July 14, 2017
Liverpool John Moore’s University

United Kingdom

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Keynotes: Deborah Cohen, Jane Hamlett and Helen Rogers

Call for Papers: Friday 3rd March 2017.

This two day conference at Liverpool John Moore’s University will explore institutions in Britain during the long nineteenth century. Institutions have largely been framed within discussions of power and control. However, the concept of institutions as spaces of control for patients and inmates has increasingly been challenged.

The aim of this conference is to bring together exciting and innovative research being carried out on a range of institutions, including those not linked to concepts of criminality or deviance. As such, this conference should be of interest to scholars from the fields of childhood, criminology, the emotions, medical humanities, material culture, and cultural and social history.

Proposals for panels (3-paper sessions) and individual papers are warmly invited from new and established researchers across a range of disciplines. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes. Topics may be on, but not limited to, the following:

  • The roles of medicine, psychiatry and philanthropy in institutional ethos and change
  • Depictions of institutional life in literature and popular culture
  • Patient/Inmate narratives and patient/inmate lived experiences of the institution
  • The social networks of the institution
  • Moral techniques and treatment and the fostering of agency, desistance and rehabilitation
  • Social and gender hierarchies and divisions inclusive of patients/inmates and institutional staff
  • The institution as a space of pastoral care
  • Methodological approaches to work on institutions

Deadline for proposals is Friday 3rd March 2017. For further information please contact Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones or Kate Taylor We expect to publish a selection of papers presented in an edited volume. Proposals for papers should be no more than 250 words and include titles, affiliations and all contact details. Proposals for panel sessions should also include a 250 word panel outline, panel title, and identify the panel chair. 

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