Carceral Geography at the AAG, Chicago IL, 2015

logo_aagCarceral Geographers attending the AAG meeting in Chicago, IL next Spring should have plenty to keep their attention. Jen Turner and Dominique Moran have put together a series of linked sessions which draw together some really exciting work and should provide plenty of scope for discussion and conversation. Join us!

Carceral Geographies I: Theorisations of Confinement

  • Christophe Mincke: Prison: Legitimacy Through Mobility?
  • Elizabeth A. Brown: Care, carceral geographies, and the reconfiguration of mass incarceration
  • Kimberley Peters: ‘Unlock the volume’: bringing height and depth to carceral mobilities
  • Stephanie Figgins: Between the Sheets of the U.S. Deportation Regime

Discussant:         Nick Gill


Carceral Geographies II: Prison Architecture and Design

  • Gideon Boie: Fit IN Stand OUT: Rules and Elements for Humane Prison Architecture
  • Jennifer Turner: Shaping ‘inhabitation’: the complexities of prison design and prison building
  • Dominique Moran: Prison architects as moral agents: is it possible to design a ‘healthy’ prison?
  • Fie Vandamme: Prison Up Close: the new subject of a penitentiary spatial structure

Discussant:         Lauren Martin


Carceral Geographies III: Activity, Agency and Organisation

  • Katie Hemsworth:”Prisoner’s Talking Blues”: Music, emotion, and spatiality in prisons
  • Orisanmi Burton: The Politics of Containment: Prison-Based Activism in the Empire State
  • Lloyd Gray: How do prisoners experience and perceive the education environment within a prison? An interpretative phenomenological analysis approach
  • Geraldine Brown: A holistic evaluation of delivering a community based food growing mentoring programme in a prison setting with substance misuse offenders.

Discussant:         Shaul Cohen


Carceral Geographies IV: Gendered and Embodied Confinement.

  • Victoria Knight: Modus Vivendi: The cell, emotions, social relations and television
  • Jessica Bird: Segregation in Scottish Prisons: A Socio-Spatial History
  • William Payne: Governmentality, performativity and sexuality – A scholarly consideration of a drag show in a prison
  • Rae Rosenberg: Transgender Embodiment in Carceral Space: Hypermasculinity and the US Prison Industrial Complex

Discussant:         Karen M. Morin


Carceral Geographies V: (Re)defining Boundaries

  • Elizabeth Bos: We were there too: Reflexive experiences of evaluating a prison gardening intervention
  • Dana Cuomo: Incarceration and domestic violence: Perspectives from victims on the outside
  • Tony Sparks: The Asylum is on These Streets: Managing Mental Illness in the Carceral Community
  • Avril Maddrell: The charity shop, permeable carcarel spaces, gendered power relations, reparation and rehabilitation

Discussant:         Jennifer Turner


Carceral Geographies VI: (Re)defining Boundaries 2

  • Nathan Kahn: Public Memory, Landscape, and Historic Carcerality at the Groveland Correctional Facility
  • Oriane Simon: Extraordinary Rendition’s Transfers in Ambiguous Spaces
  • Vanessa Anne Massaro: Prison’s revolving door and the porous boundaries of carceral spaces
  • Stephen Sherman: Why Drug-Free School Zones are Bad for Communities: Evaluating sentence enhancement zone outcomes across urban forms

Discussant:         Dominique Moran


Carceral Geographies VII: Future Directions in Carceral Geographies

Panelists:             Shaul Cohen, Nick Gill, Dominique Moran, Deirdre Conlon, Jennifer Turner

Call for Chapters: Carceral Mobilities

Call for Chapters: Carceral Mobilities

Jennifer Turner and Kimberley Peters have been invited by Routledge to submit a proposal for an edited collection on the theme of Carceral Mobilities. They would like to invite individuals to participate in the project by contributing a chapter to the collection.

If you are interested in doing so, please indicate your interest at your earliest convenience, and then submit an abstract of 250-300 words, and a proposed chapter title, by January 31st 2015.

As the sub-field of Carceral Geography continues to gain momentum, interrogating the spatialiaties of confinement, detention and imprisonment, the question of mobilities has emerged as a central concern. Whilst, as Chris Philo has recently noted (2014), carceral space may not be the most obvious lens through which to explore mobilities, movement pervades experiences and practices of incarceration. As Moran et al. (2012) contend processes of holding, restraining and imprisoning, which are so crucial to carceral regimes, assume absolute fixity for those individuals detained. Yet as these authors, and others (see Gill 2009; Moran et al. 2012; Mountz et al. 2012; Ong et al. 2014; Philo 2014) have argued, mobility is part and parcel of carcerality.  The immobilities that shape our perceptions of carceral life are, in fact, reliant on a host of mobilities (Gill 2009; Mountz et al. 2012). Moreover, even within carceral regimes – inside the prison walls, detention centres and immigration stations – mobilities occur as bodies are disciplined to move in specific ways (Philo 2014) and identities become fluid and mobilised across borders (Mountz et al. 2012). In this volume we seek to bring together a series of chapters that negotiate the complex and contested ground of carceral mobilities, highlighting the array of mobilities that shape carceral life, adding to this rich area of discussion, whilst also contributing to the burgeoning field of Mobilities studies, through using carceral space as a window of exploration.

Contributions may focus upon any aspect of the carceral:

  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • Probation
  • Immigrant detention
  • Internment
  • Detention and mental health
  • Prisoners of war
  • Abstract notions of ‘confinement’ or ‘detention’

They may include (but need not be limited to) the following areas:

  • Mobilities across boundaries and borders
  • Movements within carceral spaces
  • Architecture and the shaping of mobilities
  • Mobilities of bodies and identities
  • Mobilities of objects, and contraband
  • Transportation mobilities (carceral movements by plane, train, automobile)
  • Virtual or imaginative mobilities
  • Mobile technologies and practices (i.e. tags, curfews and probationary regimes)
  • Mobilities and carceral regulations/rules

The following timescale is anticipated for the volume. Please note this in submitting your abstract for consideration:

  • First submission of chapters to the editors required by 31st August 2015
  • Final submission of revised chapters to the editors by 31st December 2015

Jen and Kim hope that you will want to be involved in this exciting project, and if you would like to discuss this further, please contact them as follows: Jennifer Turner Kimberley Peters


New special issue of Geographica Helvetica on carceral geography

Jen Turner, postdoctoral researcher on the Prison Design project, has guest edited a terrific special issue of the open-access geography journal Geographica Helvetica, which will be of interest to all researching carceral spaces.

Entitled “Criminality and Carcerality Across Boundaries“, the special issue contains papers by Matt Mitchelson, Deirdre Conlon, Nancy Hiemstra, Jenna Loyd, Alison Mountz, Brett Story, Martijn Felder, Chin-Ee Ong, Claudio Minca, Elizabeth Brown, Dominique Moran and Yvonne Jewkes.

In her guest editorial, Jen encourages carceral geographers to replace the terms commonly used to describe this subdiscipline – such as  “emergent”  – with what she calls “terminology… altogether more fitting: well-established, evolutionary and/or here to stay.” If you agree, please consider completing this survey on a possible research group/working group of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers.

The full contents list of the Special Issue, with weblinks looks like this:

Introduction: Criminality and carcerality across boundaries

J. Turner
Geogr. Helv., 69, 321-323, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 32 KB)

The production of bedspace: prison privatization and abstract space

M. L. Mitchelson
Geogr. Helv., 69, 325-333, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 82 KB)

Examining the everyday micro-economies of migrant detention in the United States

D. Conlon and N. Hiemstra
Geogr. Helv., 69, 335-344, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 93 KB)

“Green” prisons: rethinking the “sustainability” of the carceral estate

D. Moran and Y. Jewkes
Geogr. Helv., 69, 345-353, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 75 KB)

Alone inside: solitary confinement and the ontology of the individual in modern life

B. Story
Geogr. Helv., 69, 355-364, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 87 KB)

Governing refugee space: the quasi-carceral regime of Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel, a German-Jewish refugee camp in the prelude to World War II

M. Felder, C. Minca, and C. E. Ong
Geogr. Helv., 69, 365-375, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 907 KB)

Expanding carceral geographies: challenging mass incarceration and creating a “community orientation” towards juvenile delinquency

E. Brown
Geogr. Helv., 69, 377-388, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 96 KB)

Transnational productions of remoteness: building onshore and offshore carceral regimes across borders

A. Mountz and J. Loyd
Geogr. Helv., 69, 389-398, 2014
Abstract   Full Article (PDF, 293 KB)