The Mediascape of Early Twentieth Century Prison

Public lecture with award winning author Alison Griffiths of Baruch College - The City University of New York (CUNY)

18.30-20.45, Tuesday 18th June 2013

St Cecilia's Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ

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Drawing upon research for a book-length study of how reform initiatives such as libraries, music, education, and motion pictures were integrated into the prison over one hundred years ago, this interdisciplinary talk reconstructs what it must have been like to view films behind bars, considers what was shown, and how the commercial imperatives and moral reform discourse of the consolidating motion picture industry in the early teens were complicated by the logistics and strictures of film exhibition in the prison. Noting the absence of a fee paying public and other hallmarks of film going, the talk considers what the prison can teach us about the social experience of cinema as well as how notions of space and time, central to the very idea of film, were inscribed in prison and reform discourse.  

This keynote address is part of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Science's Summer School but is open to everyone. 

This event is presented in association with the RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film.


The event is FREE but ticketed. Please register your place at Eventbrite  

There will be an informal drinks reception after the lecture from 19.45-20.45. Places are limited so please also register for a reception ticket if you wish to attend

Last updated 4 Jun 2013 4:31pm