The subject of punishment--whom we punish, how we punish, why we punish--is now of great interest in several disciplines. Philosophers examine the normative justifications of punishment; historians describe the way penal practices change over time; sociologists and political scientists examine the organization, operation, and impact of institutions through which punishment is dispensed; psychologists inquire into the psychic effects of punishment, and literary scholars study its depiction in fiction, poetry, drama, and essays.
The seminar I am proposing--Punishment, Politics, and Culture--draws on these disciplines to examine the nature and limits of punishment as well as its place in politics and culture. Using a variety of material--recent scholarship as well as classics in the sociological, historical, and philosophical treatment of punishment--it will address questions about punishment that go to the heart of humanistic inquiry.
Participants will receive a stipend of $3,700 to cover transportation and living expenses.
Application deadline: March 1, 2004
Academic Department Coordinator
Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought
208 Clark House
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
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