A history of prisons
PENITENTIARY / A SOMBRE PAST
Only 200 years ago, Fontevraud Royal Abbey was transformed into a prison by Napoleon. The prison was considered to be one of the harshest in France. Other sites shared a similar fate during the 19th century – the childrens’ prison at Mettray, the prison on the Ile de Ré. This conference delves into this sombre past.
A HISTORY OF PRISONS / ETHICAL QUESTIONS
Philippe Artières (historian and director of research at the CNRS), alongside David Niget (historian), Pierre Pinon (architect and historian), and Jean-Marie Renouard (sociologist), will consider the relationship between our contemporary society and this history. Are buildings that have been used to imprison people fit for ‘heritage status’ in the same way as those linked to other human activities? This is just one of the questions that will be raised at a number of round-table discussions and by the screening of filmed interviews with individuals who knew Fontevraud’s penitentiary period firsthand.