Carceral Geography Working Group

RGS.M blackWould you like to host the 4th International Conference for Carceral Geography?

The Committee of the Carceral Geography Working Group of the RGS-IBG is calling for Expressions of Interest to organise the next International Conference for Carceral Geography, to be held in 2020. Click here for more information.


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!


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.