Parnell Summer School 2017

Theme: Crime, Punishment and Justice

In 2017 the theme of the Parnell Summer School will be ‘Crime, Punishment and Justice’. Contemporary Irish society, like other societies around us now and societies in the past, is fascinated to the point of obsession with crime. We can see this in our politics, in the press, in our popular culture. The related issues of appropriate punishment and justice have sometimes been afforded been less attention.

In considering these issues together, the 2017 Parnell Summer School will examine Ireland today, including contemporary criminal, policing, penal and judicial policy. It will also, however, consider their inter-connected histories and the manner in which these are, and have been, represented in our culture, literature and cinema.