Call for Chapters – The Prison Cell: Embodied and Everyday Spaces of Incarceration

Victoria Knight and Jennifer Turner have been invited by Palgrave Macmillan to submit a proposal for an edited collection for the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series with a focus upon the prison cell.

They are seeking an additional one or two chapters for inclusion in this already exciting collection of interdisciplinary scholarship.

If you are interested in making a contribution, they ask that you let them know of your interest at your earliest convenience, and then submit a proposed titled, an abstract of 250-300 words, and a short bio of 100 words by 28th February 2018.

Throughout the history of imprisonment, the use of cellular confinement has been instrumental in shaping the organisation of carceral space as one of reform, separation, deterrence and isolation. As Helen Johnston highlights, ‘although now often occupied by more than one prisoner, the cell has remained architecturally the most significant space in the prison’ (2010: 14). From crowded dormitories holding hundreds of debtors; and temporary holding rooms in police stations or court rooms; to graphically-design spaces with technological innovations and individual sanitation, the cell manifests in a variety of shapes and forms – each with a distinct function.  In this volume they bring together a series of chapters that negotiate the commonalities and variances of this type of carceral space and address its significance in relation to the embodied and everyday experiences of incarceration. They highlight the array of processes and practices that shape carceral life, adding to this rich area of discussion in penal scholarship, criminology, anthropology sociology and carceral geography. They extend this scholarship by providing a unique volume that provides advances in our understandings, conceptualisations and experiences of the space of the cell.

Contributions may focus upon any aspect of carceral space:

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

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

  • Differing visions of the cell in different geographical contexts
  • Multi-purpose of the cell
  • Home-making (materiality, symbolic attachment, resistance to control of space)
  • Cell-sharing and overcrowding
  • Sanitation
  • Safer custody and security
  • Escape from the prison cell
  • Friendship/Loneliness
  • Drug use and contraband
  • Risk and Self-Harm (design, implementation, and unintended consequences)
  • Deprivation and human rights
  • Emotive responses
  • Mobilities in cell space/from cell-to-cell/cell transfers
  • Art and other creative uses of space
  • Media representations of cell spaces
  • The changing importance of the prison cell/refocus towards significance of other prison spaces

Victoria and Jennifer are particularly interested to hear from authors working with case studies outside of the European context.

They anticipate the following timescale for the volume:

  • First submission of chapters (c.7-10k words) to the editors required by 31st August 2018
  • Final submission of revised chapters to the editors by 31st January 2019

Please note these dates in submitting your abstract for consideration.

They hope that you will want to be involved in this exciting project, and if you would like to discuss this further, please contact them at the following: