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18:00 - 20:00 3 March 2011

Fashionable slumming in the Paris underworld, 1880-1930


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Dominique Kalifa, Professor of Contemporary History, University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Professor Dominique Kalifa is Director of the Graduate School in History of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His research concerns the history of crime, transgression, social control, and mass culture in 19th- and early 20th-century France. He is the author of seven books, including L’Encre et le sang (1995); Naissance de la police privée (2000); La Culture de masse (2001); Crime et culture au XIXe siècle (2005); Biribi. Les bagnes militaires de l’armée française (2009). His lecture at UCL is drawn from the book he is currently completing about the Underworld and its role in the Western imaginary.

This lecture by Professor Dominique Kalifa (University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne) will take us to the very heart of 'The Mysteries of Paris', a complex system of representations of crime, vice and poverty that emerged in the mid-19th century. Kalifa will discuss the construction of this 'other Paris', tracing it through novels, press reports, social surveys, and films, but also through the real practices which gave birth to it.


Rebecca Harrison


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Fashionable slumming in the Paris underworld