GRID: Disciplinary Institutions’ Research Group

GRID: Disciplinary Institutions’ Research Group

The Disciplinary Institutions’ Research Group (GRID) gathers historians specialized in the history of « disciplinary » institutions (school, army, prison, asylum, nursing home…). We share the same goal of taking another look at the history of institutions by paying attention to individual experiences and investigating the set of institutions emerging in Europe since the XIXth century. This team work is divided between a seminar dedicated to institutional mobilities and a working group focused on the question of institutional punishments.

The seminar « Inside the walls, outside the walls. Revisiting history of disciplinary institutions », organized by the university of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, explores in 2017-2018 the theme of mobilities. It analyzes circulations of individuals and practices, through admissions, releases or transfers between institutions. It aims at understanding the role of circulations, both in the shaping of individual trajectories and more generally in the management of institutional care.

The research group is dedicated to « Punishments in disciplinary institutions in Europe, XIXth-XXth centuries ». It considers punishments both as an object of study and as an angle for a comparative study of institutions. The practice of punishment is a continuum in administrating people in institutional care. It allows us to investigate the resemblance and specificities of each institution. The next event of this group will be the colloquium entitled “Administrer les punitions dans les institutions disciplinaires en Europe (XIXe-XXe siècles)” (December 2017, Paris).

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— Information provided by Elsa Genard

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