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Reference : UMR8019-BERTIL0-001
Workplace : VILLENEUVE D ASCQ
Date of publication : Thursday, October 03, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 January 2020
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : According to the experience, between 2643.22€ and 3766.83€ gross/month
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent
Involvement of the researcher in the ERC described below
- Scientific and administrative assistance for the preparation of the file and preparatory activities.
- Participation in exploratory research
- A doctorate in sociology (or related discipline) on a subject related to prison and criminal policy. Experience in the ethnographic field in prison, in France but also in Europe as well as in Asia and/or Africa, would be an plus.
- Fluency in French and English as working languages.
- Experience in submitting funding applications and/or participating in collective projects.
The ERC Generator program "Violent extremism, prison, security and the State: European and trans-national comparisons" (VIOLENTIAM) of the I-Site ULNE offers a 12-month post-doctorate in penal sociology and prison sociology. The recruited person will be responsible for assisting in the preparation of the ERC repository (state of the art, preliminary archival work, administrative and computer assistance, missions), while developing personal research as part of the project and helping to set up related projects. Personal activities aimed at pursuing one's own career, including applications for a position as an incumbent, will be included in working time and supported.
This multidisciplinary (sociology, law, criminology, anthropology) research project examines the transformations of European prisons through their most fundamental contemporary challenge: prison management of the different figures of 'violent extremism': 'ultra-left', 'ultra-right', 'Islamist radicalization', 'violent gangs', etc. By focusing on the sociology of institutions and not on individual trajectories of radicalization, the project differs from most of the work in 'radicalization studies'. It also innovates in its methods, with a particular focus on in-depth socio-ethnography. This research will take the form of multi-site qualitative surveys, notably in France, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, and Canada. The ERC Generator will also permit to explore the possibilities to do fieldwork in non-western prisons. The aim is to analyze and compare from below, through in-depth case studies, the strategies of national prison administrations in the detection, identification, evaluation and treatment of violent extremism. It will also analyze the transnational circulations, transfers and importations of ideologies, policies, laws, models, architectures, criminological tools and professional practices in the management of violent extremism. Through this research, I propose to reassess the study and understanding of how states modify and reconfigure their own security and sovereignty mechanisms when their monopoly on legitimate violence is challenged by those they do not consider only as 'criminals', but more deeply as 'enemies of the state'. In doing so, the research will provide a new perspective on the recent historical tensions that characterize European and worldwide prisons, between, on the one hand, the promotion and defense of prisoners' rights and, on the other hand, the implementation of specific prison apparatus for the management and treatment of dangerousness and violent extremism.
Research directed by Gilles Chantraine (CNRS CR)
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