Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bratz on Gold Coast Prisons in BC Legal History Roundtable

Erin Braatz, Suffolk Law School, will present in the of the Boston College Legal History Roundtable Thursday, February 27, at 4:30 in BC Law’s Rare Book Room.  (Refreshments are available starting at 4:15 pm.)  Professor Bratz will be presenting “Civilization & Sovereignty: The Birth of the ‘Native’ Prison”:
This paper describes the rise of so-called “native” prisons on the Gold Coast of Africa in the mid-nineteenth century (present-day Ghana) and argues that these prisons arose out of jurisdictional struggles between British colonial officials and indigenous leaders on the coast.  It then situates these struggles within the history of the global spread of the prison during the nineteenth century, contending that the prison played a central role in defining civilization and articulating changing notions of sovereignty.
(Instructions for accessing the paper are in the final paragraph of the website introduction.)

--Dan Ernst