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Private Security and Modern State Conference

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Private Security and the Modern State: International Perspectives

As a part of the thirtieth anniversary celebrations of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, the University of Leeds is hosting a two-day international conference to bring together research on private security and public policing in the era of the modern state.

It is commonly asserted that a founding feature of the modern state was its claim to a monopoly over the legitimate use of force and over the governance of crime. The modern state has thus been seen as the sole or paramount provider of internal security, chiefly through direct provision of public policing via uniformed, professional, bureaucratic police forces. In recent decades, the rise of private security and policing – alongside shifts in how the public police conceive of their role – has led many observers to claim that contemporary society has entered a new age in policing, marked by the pluralization of security provision and the fragmentation of the state’s claim to monopolistic authority.

This international conference places recent developments in historical perspective, by exploring private security in the era of the modern state. Bringing together scholars from across disciplines, it surveys the historical development of private security in a range of national contexts, and promises to enrich understanding of private security and its relation to public policing, both in the past and in the present.

This event is free to attend, but places are limited and registration is required in advance.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1 10 July 2017

10.30-11.00: Registration

11.00-11.30: Welcome

11.30-12.30: Session 1

David Churchill (University of Leeds, UK): ‘Security in a Liberal Society: The Politics of Crime Prevention in Mid-Victorian Britain’

Wilbur Miller (Stony Brook University, USA): ‘Private Policing in the United States: Delegation of Public Power to Private Agencies’

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.30: Session 2

Pieter Leloup (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium): ‘The twentieth-century development of private security in Belgium: practices and strategies of security provision’

Bob Hoogenboom (Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Netherlands): ‘30 Years of Research in the Netherlands: From Dead End Street to Crossroads’

2.30-3.00: Break

3.00-4.30: Session 3

Jacqueline Ross (University of Illinois, USA): Title to be confirmed

Benoît Henriet (University of Oxford, UK): ‘Ordering the Wetlands. Policing and Legitimate Violence in the Leverville Concession (Belgian Congo, 1911-1920)’

Conor O’Reilly (University of Leeds, UK): ‘Innovating Private Security at the Global Economic Frontier’

5.00: Depart

DAY 2 11 July 2017

10.00-10.30: Registration

10.30-11.30: Session 5

Dolores Janiewski (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Simon Judkins (University of Southern California, USA): ‘Fluid Boundaries: Private-Public Policing and the Creation of a Surveillance State in California, 1919-1940’

Chris Williams (The Open University, UK): ‘Policing Traffic in the Interwar Period: “Official” Traffic Control by Private Automobile Associations in the 1920s’

11.30-12.30: Session 6

Francis Dodsworth (Kingston University, UK): ‘Crime, Security and Self-Defence: Marketing Martial Arts Expertise’

Stephen Robertson (George Mason University, USA): 'The Pinkertons and the Paperwork of Surveillance: Reporting Undercover Investigation in the US, 1885-1940'

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-2.30: Session 8

David Cox (University of Wolverhampton, UK): ‘“I Beg your Pardon”: Public Apology as a Form of Private Security, 1770-1920’

Chad Pearson (Collin College, USA): ‘“The Law or Popular Justice”: Owen Wister and the Legitimization of Anti-Labour Violence’

2.30-3.00: Break

3.00-4.00: Closing discussion: Adam Crawford (University of Leeds, UK)

4.30: Conference closes

For any further enquiries, please contact Dr. David churchill at d.churchill@leeds.ac.uk

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