The workshop aims to explore the internationalisation and transnationalisation of ideas, conceptions and practices of criminality and deviance in Germany from the Imperial Era to the present. Since the late nineteenth century, various forms of global interconnection have fostered new forms of criminalised cross-border movements and flows of goods, moral panics about imported forms of deviance, and innovative tactics for policing or containing these phenomena, both real and imagined. The workshop emphasises the social and cultural production of conceptions of time, deviance and the illicit, but also how international practices that would today be widely understood as deeply immoral and exploitative were legitimised in their respective historical periods. Tracing the shifting moral claims, systems of criminal enforcement and border systems enacted to realising competing visions of morality and criminality, this workshop seeks to illuminate new understandings of Germany's place in a globalising world. Themes covered include sex work, arms trafficking, transgender identities, trade in human remains, stolen goods, and petty black market trading.
This workshop is part of the project "The Other Global Germany: Transnational Criminality and Deviant Globalisation in the Twentieth Century", funded by the VolkswagenStiftung.