Carceral Geography Working Group

RGS.M blackThe 2nd International Conference for Carceral Geography took place at the University of Birmingham in December 2017. Look at the Storify!

This website is the virtual home of the newly-founded Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

The ‘punitive’ or ‘carceral turn’ has brought about new ways of thinking about geography and the state, and has highlighted spaces of incarceration as a new terrain for exploration by geographers. Carceral geography, as a new subdiscipline of human geography, has developed to directly address this punitive turn, and has contributed to a wider ‘carceral turn’ in social sciences scholarship over recent years.

Accordingly, the intention of the CGWG is to support the development of an international, interdisciplinary community of scholars, anchored in carceral geography, to tackle the pressing questions of the carceral age.