Dr Mary Bosworth has been awarded a €1.2 million Starter Grant from the European Research Council to conduct a five-year project on “Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power: Incarceration in a Global Age”. The project will employ two full-time postdoctoral researchers for 42 months each, while covering most of Mary’s time to allow her to focus on her research activities. The funding is provided by the European Research Council within the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

 The research project has two primary, interrelated, goals: to develop new methodological and intellectual tools in understanding the global and transnational reach of penal power and to revitalize the literature on subjectivity and identity in criminology. It is guided by three research questions that it will investigate in three distinct yet interrelated areas: penal theory, the contemporary prison, and the immigration detention centre.

The research questions are:

  1. What is the relationship between penal power and national identity?
  2. How is that relationship gendered?
  3. What do the experiences and views of those subject to penal power tell us about (the limits and nature of) state power in a global age?