The first event organised by the International Centre for Advanced Studies “Metamorphoses of the Political” (ICAS:MP) was held in Noida in January. The workshop brought together an interdisciplinary group of younger as well as experienced scholars from both the social and historical sciences. This workshop dealt with the temporal dynamics of ‘labour’ as a political category in the course of the long twentieth century and included papers on India, Pakistan, Germany, Poland, Romania, Brazil and the USA.
How and to what extent did structures of inequality, constellations of conflict and processes of social change shape colonial India’s penal regime? While earlier studies examined India’s colonial prison system primarily as a mechanism of social regulation, the present study focuses on the question of how penal practice was conditioned by social structures and processes. In other words, it investigates the presence of society within the prison. This requires a change of perspective: from an analysis of normative debates among colonial officials on a new penal regime and of the derived penal methods the focus needs to shift to the examination of a regime of penal practice that was continuously shaped and reshaped by a wide range of historical actors.
This change of perspective requires a case study that zooms in on a ‘typical’ population of prison inmates rather than on well documented but socially unrepresentative political prisoners and on a ‘typical’ jail rather than on pilot projects of prison reform. In this project, such a case study will be conducted for the period between 1883 and 1947 on a South Asian 'standard prison', the Benares Central Jail, for the first time.
The DFG is funding this project to the extent of €266,000.
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