Humanising and Democratising Social Spaces and Institutions.

26 April 2016, 12:30 - 14:00

Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dr Caroline Lanskey (Criminology)
Ms Bethany Schmidt (Criminology)
Rev Paul Tyler (Chaplain of HMP Frankland)





Hannah Arendt, in Eichmann, Jerusalem wrote that ‘the essence of totalitarian government, and perhaps the nature of every bureaucracy, is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of individuals, and thus to dehumanize them’. In this panel, the speakers will  discuss how social spaces and institutions, such as prisons and schools, emerge as political bureaucracies with the potential for dehumanizing and disenfranchising key stakeholders, leading to ‘civic death’. Are there alternatives to such bureaucratized approaches that lead to civic and participatory engagement that humanises the political subject?

We have the pleasure to announce the first ever performance of ‘The Reformed’ outside of HMP Frankland, who will be accompanied by Cambridge Prison Choir: Sing Inside


Open to all.  No registration required
Part of The Subversive Good Disrupting Power, Transcending Inequalities  Research Group Seminar Series

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