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Re-Framing Punishment

NYAS Lecture Series
October 24, 2016

Corridor at Sing Sing Prison. (New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_OsP3)

Join us this coming Monday, October 24th, as the foundation welcomes Didier Fassin from the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, presenting his lecture "Re-Framing Punishment." Andrea Barrow from "Black Lives Matter" will serve as Discussant.

Punishment has been studied for centuries by moral philosophers and legal scholars, with a particular emphasis on its definition (notably to distinguish it from vengeance) and justification (with the classic opposition between utilitarianism and retributivism). Based on ethnographic research conducted over the past ten years in France on policing, justice and prison, the lecture will challenge the normative and idealist approach, trying to analyze what punishment is and how it is justified in actual interactions between officers, judges and guards with their respective publics while illuminating what is often the blind spot of the traditional approach: the distribution of sanctions. This inductive method thus makes possible a critique of punishment that resonates with contemporary issues about law enforcement, the penal system and mass incarceration in the United States, and more broadly the punitive turn in most contemporary societies.

Please note that, while the event is free to attend, pre-registration is required for entry into the building. 

Buffet Dinner at 6:00 PM ($20 contribution for dinner guests / free for students). Lecture begins at 7:00 PM.

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NYAS Anthropology Section co-Chair, Nina Glick Schiller
Featured speaker, Didier Fassin
Featured discussant, Andrea Barrow
Speakers taking questions during Q&A.
Nina Glick Schiller, Didier Fassin, and Andrea Barrow