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A University of Crete/SOLON Partnership Conference


Participants and Abstracts

Travel and Location Information

Speaker's Guidelines



Crime, Violence and the Modern State
University of Rethymnon
Xenias University Centre
March 9th - 11th, 2007


  Friday 9th March
Up to 10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30-11.30 Opening Keynote: Clive Emsley, Open University
The ‘Brutalized Veteran’ and Violence in Europe after the Great War.
Chair: Efi Avdela, University of Crete
11.30-1.00 Session 1: Empire and Criminal Justice
Jordanna Bailkin, University of Washington
Leaving Home: Crime and Deportation in Twentieth-Century Britain
Elizabeth Kolsky, Villanova University
Citizens, Subjects, and Subjection to Law: The Scandal of White Violence in Colonial India
Martin Wiener, Rice University
Can Uncivilized People be Kidnapped? The Australian Trials of 1869 and 1871
Panel Chair: James Sharpe; University of York, UK
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 4.00 Session 2: Culture and Violence
Efi Avdela, University of Crete
Making sense of “hideous crimes”: Homicide and the cultural reordering of sociality in post-civil-war Greece
Thomas W. Gallant, York University
When ‘Men of Honour’ met ‘Men of Law’: Ritualized Violence, the Unwritten Law and Modern Criminal Justice.
Tomás A. Mantecón, University of Cantabria
Long Term Trends of Interpersonal Violence in Early Modern Spain: Urban and Rural Patterns
Aris Tsantiropoulos, University of Crete
Collective memory and blood feud. The case of mountainous Crete
Panel Chair: Judith Rowbotham, Nottingham Trent University
4.00 – 4.30 Tea
4.30 - 6.00 Session 3: State Formation and Criminal Justice
Emmanuel Berger. Université catholique de Louvain
Interactions between Citizens, Government and Justice: The Using of Abusive Criminal Legislations during the Late French Revolution (1795-1799)
Fabien Gaveau, CESDIP, UMR CNRS 8183
Law and order in the country: The question of the rural police force in the thought of the French revolutionaries of the 1790’s
Evi Karouzou, Academy of Athens
Crime and State Constitution in nineteenth-century Greece
Panel Chair: David Nash, Oxford Brookes
6.10-7.45 Session 4: Banditry: Representations and Social Context
Karine Lambert, IUFM de Nice
Women and Banditry in Provence after the French Revolution
José Martinetti, IUFM, Nice
Analysis of two types of social and political violence in Corsica between the beginning and the end of twentieth century
Vangelis Tzoukas and Thodoris Spyros, Panteion University
Social Banditry in a post-modern society. From Rentzaioi to Palaiokostaioi
Panel Chair: Aris Tsantiropoulos, University of Crete
8.30 Dinner
  Saturday 10th March
9.00-10.30 Session 5: Crime and Media
Louise Jackson, University of Edinburgh
Good Time Girl: a movie, a murder and a ‘moral panic’
Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly
Cameras and Crime: The Framing of a Television ‘Bandit’.
J. Carter Wood, Open University
Violence and Victimisation in Interwar Britain: The “Martyrdom” of Mrs. Pace.
Panel Chair: Kim Stevenson, University of Plymouth
10.30-11.00 Coffee

Session 6: Law, Institutions and Governance
Urania Astrinaki, Panteion University
Powerful subjects in the margins of the state
Athanasios Gekas European University Institute, Florence and Stelios Karagiannopoulos, Birkbeck College, London
Criminalization and the development of a criminal justice system in the Ionian State under British rule
Ricardo D. Salvatore, Universidad Torcuato di Tella
Socio-Political Violence and the Judicial System: Argentina, 1890-1920
James Sharpe, University of York, UK
The state and criminal violence in the eighteenth century: the evidence of Cheshire coroners’ inquests
Panel Chair: Martin Wiener, Rice University

1.00-3.00 Lunch
3.00-4.30 Session 7: Intimacy and the Law
Shani D’Cruze, Barry Godfrey and David Cox, Keele University
'The most troublesome woman in Crewe’: investigating gender, sentencing and the English lower courts, c. 1880 - c. 1920
Dimitrios Stamatopoulos, University of Macedonia
The management of the intrafamilial violence on behalf the Orthodox clergy: some aspects of the reconstruction of the private sphere in nineteenth and twentieth century South Eastern Europe.
Romina N. Tsakiri, University of Athens.
Deviance and morals: a study of sixteenth-century Crete under Venetian rule.
Panel Chair: Louise Jackson, University of Edinburgh
4.30-5.00 Tea
5.00-6.30 Session 8: Crime, Violence and Legality: Colonial & Postcolonial Perspectives
Steven Pierce, University of Manchester
Crime, Culpability, and Identity: The Politics of Homicide in Late-Colonial Northern Nigeria
Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
Routine Violence as Communicative Event
Anupama Rao, Barnard College
Urbanity, Masculinity and a New Politics of Protest: The Dalit Panthers
Panel Chair: Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly
6.45-8.00 Plenary: Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University of London
Sexed Violence
Chair: Shani D’Cruze, Keele University


  Sunday 11th March
9.30-11.00 Session 9: Policing: Systems and Process
Katerina Mousadakou, University of Athens
Policing in the Age of Greek Revolution (1821-1828)
Haia Shpayer-Makov, University of Haifa
The Changing Image of Police Detectives in Britain from the mid-Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Century
Sophie Vidali, Democritus University of Thrace
Crime, politics, and security policies in Greece during 20th century (1906-1984)
Panel Chair: Urania Astrinaki, Panteion University
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-1.00 Session 10: Variations on Capital Punishment
Simon Devereaux, Department of History, University of Victoria
The Execution Rate in London (1547-1837): some Data and some Questions
Jérôme Bourgon, Université Lumière Lyon 2
Chinese Executions from Myth to History, through Iconographical Analysis
Paul Friedland, Department of History, Bowdoin College
‘Barbarous And Ineffective’: The Humanist Assault on the Cruelty of Executions in Eighteenth-Century France
Panel Chair: Pascal Bastien, Université du Québec à Montréal
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Session 11: Contested Identities - Networked Technologies
Ilsen About, European University Institute
A Bureaucratic Turn : Police and Identification in France and Italy, 1907-1914
Peter Becker, Johannes-Kepler-Universität Linz
Network Technologies: the implementation of new identification technologies at the turn of the centuries
Panel Chair: Dimitrios Stamatopoulos, University of Macedonia

Organising Committee

Efi Avdela, Department of History and Archaeology - University of Crete
Shani D'Cruze, Keele University and SOLON Partnership
Evi Karouzou, Academy of Athens
Judith Rowbotham, Nottingham Trent University and SOLON Partnership

Administrative assistant: Areti Mirodia

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  For further information:
  Conference Sponsors British Council, Cervantes Institute, Costopoulos Foundation, Gender & History Journal, Nianias Foundation, University of Crete: Department of History and Archaeology and the Postgraduate Programme, 'Contemporary European and Greek History,' York University Toronto.
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