What is punishment? Why do we punish? Who gets punished? Based on a series of ethnographies conducted on policing, the justice system and the prison institution, this lecture will critically revisit theoretical discussions related to the definition, justification and distribution of punishment.
Didier Fassin is the James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Anthropologist, sociologist and physician, he has conducted research in Senegal, Congo, South Africa, Ecuador, and France, exploring various aspects of the field of political and moral anthropology. He recently delivered the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley and the Adorno Lectures in Frankfurt. Former vice-president of Médecins Sans Frontières, he is currently President of the French Medical Committee for Exiles. In 2016, he received the Gold Medal that is awarded every three years to an anthropologist by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography.
Dr Romola Sanyal is Assistant Professor of Urban Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.
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