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Launched in 2004, Champ pénal/Penal Field is a free, open access electronic periodical. Multidisciplinary, it publishes robust contributions promoting the analysis of the sociological, political, historical and legal discourses, instruments and practices shaping the penal field.  Dedicated to bilingual publishing, it aims to facilitate an international academic dialogue; the journal accepts manuscript proposals and/or dossiers in either French or English.  It also sponsors an active translation policy of the texts/issues published on its site. It is now supported by the INSHS of the CNRS. The articles are to be sent to


Penal Field stands in solidarity with the strike initiated by French academic journals, in support of the inter-professional mobilisation against the pension reform project and the changes to public higher education and research announced by the French government.

We are a bilingual and international journal, as demonstrated by the composition of our executive and scientific committee. The present collective statement therefore aims to support the defense of rights whose status is challenged, in France as well as in other countries. This includes the working conditions and scientific autonomy in higher education and research.

As such, the normal course of the journal's activities is modified to contribute to the movement in various forms. This includes the collection and publication of testimonies of academics, in precarious and permanent positions, from different countries about ongoing trends in academia, that reflect broader structural changes. We will also participe in the development of common reflection and action with our colleagues from the other mobilised journals.

Current open issue
27 | 2022 (Open issue)

Publication history

Numéro ouvert le 14 février 2022

3 latest texts

  • Benjamin Mine, Alexia Jonckheere, Patrick Jeuniaux and Isabelle Detry
    The Socio-Judicial Follow-up of Terrorism Cases in French-Speaking Belgium
    Des dossiers (pas) comme les autres. L’accompagnement socio-judiciaire des dossiers de terrorisme en Belgique francophone
    21 April 2022
  • Moriké Dembélé and Ahmadou Maiga
    Socialization at the Margin: Fragilities and Resilience of Street Children and Young People Under Curfew in Bamako
    11 April 2022
  • Benjamin Mine, Alexia Jonckheere, Patrick Jeuniaux and Isabelle Detry
    L’accompagnement socio-judiciaire des dossiers de terrorisme en Belgique francophone
    Cases (not) Like Any Other. The Socio-Judicial Accompaniment of Terrorism Cases in French-Speaking Belgium
    18 February 2022

Latest issue
24 | 2021
La culture en prison. Les médiations de la rencontre du pénal et du culturel

Culture in Prison. Mediations of the Meeting of Penal and Cultural Worlds
Edited by Delphine Saurier, Caroline Touraut and Emmanuelle Lallement
Couverture n° 24-2021
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Credits: Arnaud Théval

Art and culture in prison have been developing for several decades in France under the impetus of public policies and are declining distinctly in the territory according to organizational contexts. Culture in prison is a protean, plurivocal and interstitial object: at the crossroads of the criminal and cultural paths, it highlights – through a shift of the spotlight – and singularly questions these two domains a priori distant. This issue of Champ Pénal/Penal Field wishes to extend the reflection initiated during the symposium “Culture, art et prison” organized on 29 and 30 November 2017, at the Musée national d’histoire de l’immigration (Paris) on the construction processes of what is referred to as “art and culture in prison”.


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