Carceral Geography Working Group

RGS.M black4th International Conference for Carceral Geography to be hosted in Brussels by the NICC!

The Committee of the Carceral Geography Working Group of the RGS-IBG is delighted to announce that the 4th International Conference for Carceral BrusselsGeography will take place in December 2020, in Brussels, Belgium. Hosted by the NICC (Nationaal Instituut voor Criminalistiek en Criminologie/Institut National de Criminalistique et de Criminologie), this will be the first conference in this series to be held outside of the UK. Provisional dates are 14-15 December 2020.Logo NICC-CMYK

Organised by Christophe Mincke, Olivier Milhaud (Sorbonne U., Paris), Anouk Mertens, Dani Brutyn and Maria Larrañaga, and with a provisional theme of “Defining the carceral through space and movement” the 4th conference will be free to attend.

Watch this space for more information, and in due course, a call for papers!

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The 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography took place at the University of Liverpool, UK in December 2018. Audio and slides from papers and keynote addresses are now available – just select the session via the programme tab!

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This website is the virtual home of the 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.