Andrea Kretschmann



Practicing protest: A contribution to the sociology of simulation 

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 11:00-13:00 - CNRS - 43 boulevard Vauban, 78280 Guyancourt


 „Law and judgement“ – within police practices 

In „Gesetz und Urteil“, Schmitt characterizes the logic of judgement as always being undetermined, or rather undistinguishable. As such, it can’t be readily deduced from legal norms. The talk targets this problem of implementing laws within the context of policing. Drawing on current developments in policing, and taking protest policing as an example, I argue that we can observe a growing distancing of police practices from the law in favour of extra-legal social standards.
La langue d'intervention sera l’anglais.

Thursday 8 March 2018, 17:00 à 19:00 - EHESS (room 13), 105 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris



Since 2008, the EU faces a major crisis of capitalism. It is accompanied by social struggles that are combated with a more exceptional energy, especially compared to struggles within the last decades. In the same period, social scientists observe a qualitative change in how police forces handle political protest. This is characterised by the enlargement of the police forces’ scopes of action and discretionary powers, partly resulting in grave infringements in the freedom of assembly and of expression. In this regards, the question being discussed in the talk is how the changes in protest policing can be understood in the interplay between political economy and social sciences. La langue d'intervention sera l’anglais.

Thursday 26 March 2018, 14:30-16:30 - Ecole normale supérieur (room R2-02 Campus Jourdan) - 48 boulevard Jourdan, 75005 Paris


Policing the crisis: The artificial city 

In my talk I analyse a phenomenon having emerged only within the last decades: artificially built cities for police training (e.g. for policing demonstrations). Taking European artificial cities as an example and drawing on the trainings on protest policing, I explore their genesis and character. I will argue that those cities’ emergence and character can be related to a perception of social and/or political crisis – and therefore to a special need for being prepared for policing disorder.

Thursday 5 April 2018, 9:00-13:00 - EHESS (room Lombard) - 96 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris