Dienstag, 14. Mrz 2017, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

WISO Abendkolloquium

Jeff Freedman (Yeshiva University, New York): The Dangers Within: Fears of Incarceration in Old Regime France

Seminarraum WISO 1, Hauptgebäude, Stiege 6, 2. Stock, Zwischengeschoß
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


This talk will explore the changing culture of fear in France in the last decades of the Old Regime. While the expanding range of police powers reduced traditional risks relating to health and security, new fears emerged in the process – not least the fears of police surveillance and incarceration. Police dossiers from the Archives nationales give vivid expression to the spread of these fears among working-class Parisians in the decades preceding the French Revolution. They also raise questions about the role of archival documents in the history of emotions, a field that has rested heavily on the analysis of printed sources and public discourses.


Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte


Johann Karl Kirchknopf
Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte