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Interdisciplinary Research Forum Event 1 - Public Shaming: Past and Present

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 at 16:00 (GMT)

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Event no. 1 of the Interdisciplinary Research Forum

Public Shaming: Past and Present

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in public shaming. For some, public shaming is considered an important and necessary tool in the delivery of justice precisely because through shaming rituals a public are enabled to express a voice otherwise denied and excluded from more formal justice rituals. For others shaming rituals are less progressive instruments in the process of democratising justice but constitute instead an instrument of oppressive social and political control.


This event, which includes presentations and a roundtable discussion, is designed to bring together academics and practitioners to discuss the phenomenon of public shaming from an interdisciplinary perspective, leading potentially to new research collaborations and joint publications. The four short presentations that open the workshop will establish the context for the wider round table discussion that will follow. These papers explore the nature of shaming both by examining how shaming rituals were formally established in the Soviet Union and by exploring how public shaming rituals are embedded in the culture of late modern, contemporary societies. The workshop and the discussion that follows will explore the social uses of shaming and will consider whether shaming continues to have a valuable role to play in the dispensation of popular justice, or whether it amounts to little better than a degradation ritual we are, as a society, better off avoiding.


Svetlana Stephenson, Public shaming meetings in the late Soviet Union
Simon Hallsworth, The dangers of irreverence: a case study in late modern shaming
Julian Petley, Shame and scandal in the UK national press
William Hughes, Understanding shame within domestic abuse perpetrator programmes

Please note this event is strictly for London Met PhD students and academics. 

Booking closes on Wednesday 12 February at 11.59 pm. Copies of workshop papers will be sent to all registered participants before the workshop. 





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Holloway Road - Room GC1-08
London Metropolitan University
166–220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London
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Thursday, 20 February 2020 at 16:00 (GMT)

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