CFP: Fifth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference (DOPE) 2015

Carceral geographers may be interested to present at the upcoming Fifth Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference (DOPE) 2015 at the University of Kentucky. Co-organizer of the conference Lee Bullock notes that the organising committee would be very interested to see research on incarceration and detention represented at the conference

Details are below:

The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group invites you to participate in the fifth annual


February 26 – February 28, 2015, University of Kentucky | Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Keynote Address: Dr. Kimberly Tallbear (Anthropology, University of Texas)

Plenary Panel: Dr. Irus Braverman (Law & Geography, University of Buffalo), Dr. Jake Kosek (Geography, University of California, Berkeley) & Dr. Shiloh Krupar (Culture & Politics Program, Georgetown University)

Other conference events include: Paper sessions, Workshops, Round-table discussions, Panels, Undergraduate research symposium, Paper competitions and Field trips.

Online conference registration will open Monday, October 6, 2014 and close on Monday, November 17, 2014. The conference registration fee is $35 for graduate students and $70 for faculty and non-academics/practitioners. There is no fee for undergraduate participants. 


The University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group strongly encourages participants to organize their own sessions. 

To organize your own session, please:

  1. Draft a call for papers (CFP). For guidance, reference the wide variety of CFPs from last year’s conference available via the political ecology working group website.
  2. Email your CFP to the political ecology working group at We will help you to circulate your CFP by posting it on our website and via our twitter feed, but you should also distribute it among your colleagues and to relevant disciplinary listservs. 
  3. When you have finalized the details, please send the Google Form on our website to confirm the final orientation of your panel, including participant names, institutions, abstracts, titles, discussants, organizers, chairs and other relevant information. Please be as detailed as possible and send this information before the final registration deadline, November 17th, 2014.
  4. All participants in your session must have registered and paid by the regular registration deadline. As such, we suggest having the deadline to respond to your CFP at least a week prior to the conference registration deadline.  

Suggestions and reminders for session organizers:

  • When thinking about your panel remember that each session is 100 minutes long, and we strictly limit you to two session slots for reasons pertaining to space and time constraints. 
  • Please feel free to think more broadly than traditional paper sessions – consider workshops, panel discussions, lightning talks or other alternative session styles. Please email the political ecology email address if you have questions or concerns about organizing a session.
  • Also please keep in mind that undergraduates are strongly encouraged to submit their papers to our annual Undergraduate Symposium. 

DOPE participants can only present in one paper session, and at the maximum, serve as a discussant or panelist in one additional session. We ask that participants limit themselves to two conference activities at most due to scheduling limitations. 


While we strongly encourage participants to submit abstracts in response to CFPs being circulated (see above), we will continue to accept individual abstracts. Abstracts submitted to the conference rather than in response to specific CFPs will be sorted thematically, and are not guaranteed placement in the conference schedule. 

Abstracts or proposals should be 200-300 words in length and include titles and three to five keywords.  Please submit only one abstract.

The deadline for abstract submissions is the conference registration deadline: Monday, November 17, 2014. 

Please visit to register.  

Follow us on Twitter at @ukpewg or on Facebook as the University of Kentucky Political Ecology Working Group.
Please send any questions to the DOPE organizing committee at

Special issue on Peruvian prisons

Thank you to Stephanie Campos for alerting me to the publication of a special issue of Bulletin de l’Institut Francais d’Etudes Andines about imprisonent in Peru.

Stephanie’s own paper (in English) “Extranjeras”: Citizenship and Women Serving Drug Trafficking Sentences in the Santa Monica Prison is featured, as well as work by Camille Boutron on the strategic use of prison space as a referential element in the construction of conflict identities in Peru; by Chloé Constant on the economy of the expanded prison space: a prison in Lima at the heart of multiple informal operations; by Carlos Aguirre on men and prison bars: APRA (Aprista) in the penitentiary, 1932-1945; and by Marie J. Manrique on generating innocence: the creation, use and implications of the identification as “innocent” in the conflict and post-conflict periods in Peru (all in Spanish, with abstracts in English and French).

Call for Papers: Carceral Geography at the Association of American Geographers conference, Chicago, 2015

Papers are invited, on diverse aspects of carceral geography, for the Association of American Geographers annual conference, to be held in Chicago in April 2015

Session organisers: Jennifer Turner (University of Leicester), Marie Hutton (University of Birmingham), and Dominique Moran (University of Birmingham)

Although prisons and criminal justice systems are integral parts of governance and techniques of governmentality, the geographical study of the prison and other confined or closed spaces is still relatively novel. The vibrant subdiscipline of carceral geography has already made substantial progress, has established useful and fruitful dialogues with cognate disciplines of criminology and prison sociology, and is attuned to issues of contemporary import such as hyperincarceration and the advance of the punitive state. It has also used the carceral context as a lens through which to view concepts with wider currency within contemporary and critical human geography. Thus far, it has made key contributions to debates within human geography over mobility, liminality, and embodiment, and it has increasingly found a wider audience, with geographical approaches to carceral space being taken up by and developed further within criminology and prison sociology. Carceral geography brings to the study of prisons and imprisonment an understanding of relational space, as encountered, performed and fluid. Rather than seeing prisons as spatially fixed and bounded containers for people and imprisonment practices, rolled out across Cartesian space through prison systems straightforwardly mappable in scale and distance, carceral geography has tended towards an interpretation of prisons as fluid, geographically-anchored sites of connections and relations, both connected to each other and articulated with wider social processes through and via mobile and embodied practices. Hence its focus on the experience, performance and mutability of prison space, the porous prison boundary, mobility within and between institutions, and the ways in which meanings and significations are manifest within fluid and ever-becoming carceral landscapes.

This session both invites contributions which reflect the development of carceral geography to date, and also those which suggest future developments – these could explore:
• the emergent discourse of criminological cartography;
• transdisciplinary synergies between carceral geography, law, psychology, and architectural studies;
• prison design and the lived experience of carceral spaces;
• affect and emotion;
• carceral TimeSpace;
• the embodied experience of incarceration;
• feminist and corporeal carceral geographies;
• theorisation of coerced, governmental or disciplined mobility;
• confluence with critical border studies;
• dialogue with architectural and cultural geographies;
• engagement with abolitionist praxis;
• notions of the purposes of imprisonment and the geographical and/or historical contexts in which these are socially constructed.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by email to Jennifer Turner ( and Marie Hutton ( by 1st October 2014.

Successful submissions will be contacted by 8th October 2014 and will be expected to register and submit their abstracts online at the AAG website by October 31st 2014 ahead of a session proposal deadline of 5th November 2014. Please note a range of registration fees will apply and must be paid before the submission of abstracts to the AAG online system.