Carceral Geography Working Group

RGS.M blackThe 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 will be uploaded soon – watch this space!

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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.