Keynote speakers announced for the 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography, University of Liverpool, UK


Keynote speakers announced for the 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography, University of Liverpool, UK

17-18th December 2018

counterpoints and counter-intuition

Following the success of the 1st and 2nd International Conferences for Carceral Geography held at the University of Birmingham, the Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) will organise the 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography at the University of Liverpool.

The conference committee are pleased to welcome Professor Dominique Moran (University of Birmingham) and Professor Chris Philo (University of Glasgow) as this year’s keynote speakers.

moranDominique Moran’s research in the UK, Russia and Scandinavia, supported by the ESRC, has contributed to her transdisciplinary work, informed by and extending theoretical developments in geography, criminology and prison sociology, but also interfacing with contemporary debates over hyperincarceration, recidivism and the advance of the punitive state. Dominique is author of ‘Carceral Geography: Spaces and Practices of Incarceration’ (2015) and an editor of Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past (2015), ‘Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention’ (2013), and Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology (2017).

philoChris Philo’s ongoing research interests concern the historical, cultural and rural geographies of mental ill-health, supplemented by scholarship in the following fields as well: social geographies of ‘outsiders’; children’s geographies; new animal geographies; historical and contemporary figurations of public space; geographies of ‘new spiritual practices’; Foucauldian studies; the history, historiography and theoretical development of geography. Much of his historical research on ‘madness’ and asylums is brought together in A Geographical History of Institutional Provision for the Insane from Medieval Times to the 1860s in England and Wales: The Space Reserved for Insanity (2004).

Call for Papers

The 3rd International Conference for Carceral Geography provides an opportunity for presentation and discussion of work on all forms of carcerality; camps, confinement, custody, detention and incarceration, from carceral geographers, and scholars, scholar-activists and practitioners from all disciplines. Contributions from Early Career Researchers are especially welcomed.

The conference theme of “counterpoints and counter-intuition” is intended encourage both a diversity of perspectives on the carceral, and to stimulate discussion of that which is or was unanticipated, had been unimagined, or was unforeseen.

‘Counterpoint’ is a term used in musical theory to describe the relationship between voices that are simultaneously independent yet interdependent. We deploy this term here to describe the differing perspectives which characterise carceral research – including scholar-activism aligned to abolitionism or reductionism, and research conducted within and with the formal approval of, carceral establishments. We see all of these voices as purposeful and productive, and through this theme we seek to highlight both their independence, and the interdependences between them. All perspectives are welcome, and the theme of ‘carceral counterpoint’ encourages constructive and collaborative dialogue across the diversity of perspectives.

Through the theme of ‘carceral counter-intuition’ we seek to explore the unexpectedness of carcerality, its unimagined forms and its unforeseen aspects – and simultaneously to interrogate their apparently counter-intuitive nature. Carceral geographers and others have noted that the carceral exists in unexpected places beyond the formal contours of detention or prison; carceral scholarship is increasingly identifying previously under-recognised aspects and consequences of confinement, and innovative methodologies are uncovering under-researched elements of carceral experience. And beyond the ‘academy’, 2018 has itself brought the ‘unanticipated’. An unexpected heatwave in Europe has caused deterioration in prison conditions – yet climate change research tells such that such extreme weather events are increasingly likely. And the US has seen the unthinkable – the separation of migrant families at the border and the incarceration of migrant children – in a move depicted by the Trump administration as an inevitable consequence of the enforcement of a ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy.

This CFP is intentionally broad, reflecting the diversity and expansive nature of carceral geography. All contributions are welcome, but in this 3rd International Conference we particularly invite papers which speak to the carceral counterpoint and counter-intuitive – in other words, which draw attention to the unexpected, unanticipated and/or unimagined aspects of carcerality, and which critique their counter-intuitive character.

Please send abstracts of 250 words by a closing date of 1 October 2018. Successful contributors will be notified by 31st October.

Conference registration will be free. Catering for both days will be available at the cost charge of £27 to include lunch and all refreshment breaks. An optional conference dinner will also be available.

There will be a limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries available for paper presenters. These will be limited to £50 for speakers travelling from the UK outside of London; £100 for speakers travelling from London, and £200 for speakers travelling from outside the UK. Accommodation bursaries will be limited to £50. Priority for bursaries will be given to CGWG members who are also RGS Fellows and to speakers who have not previously received financial support to attend the annual conference.

Abstract submissions should be submitted using the Abstract_submission_form (which asks for information about any travel and accommodation bursaries required) and emailed to by 1st October 2018.



Asylum Archive book launch – Dublin, 12 Oct 6-8pm

Asylum Archive: an Archive of Asylum and Direct Provision in Ireland will be launched in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios on 12th October 6-8 pm. Download the invitation here.

The Asylum Archive website is an art, activist and academic online platform that examines the notion of Direct Provision Centres; the localities and sites where asylum seekers are being held while in the process of seeking a refugee status.

The new Asylum Archive book, a hardback including photographs, essays and a map of all present and past Direct Provision Centres in Ireland, is the continuation of Vukašin Nedeljkovic’s ongoing work highlighting the injustices, confinement and incarceration of asylum seekers in Ireland. It is a significant work, since there is very  little visual information about previous Irish Carceral sites including Magdalene Laundries, Industrial Schools, Mother and Baby Homes and Lunatic Asylums.

The book launch will comprise a short panel discussion with academics Anne Mulhall (UCD), Ronit Lentin (Trinity College) and Karen Till (Maynooth University) who wrote essays included in the book. The panel will be chaired by Lucky Khambule, a former asylum seeker and member of MASI – Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland.

All are welcome!

CFP – ‘Criminological Encounters’ – a new online journal – for papers bringing together geography and criminology

crim encountersCarceral geographers and others concerned with the spatiality of carceral formations may be interested to contribute to a second issue of Criminological Encounters, a new international, interdisciplinary, double blind peer-reviewed, digital, and open-access journal in the field of criminology, edited out of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, which aims to facilitate critical dialogues between criminology, and other disciplines.

The fundamental idea behind this journal is that of “encountering”. An “encounter” evokes the idea of solidary gatherings, moments to get together and build common projects as well as moments of confrontation. Such encounters include:

  • Dialogues between criminology and other disciplines;
  • Dialogues between criminology scholars and practitioners;

Encounters between research methods, theories or between different schools of thought: e.g. qualitative/quantitative approaches; critical/positivistic criminology; American/European criminology; criminology from the “Global South” and from the “Global North”.

The journal can be accessed here.

The inaugural issue of the journal is online, with papers on “Hobocops”: Undercover Policing’s Deceptive Encounters by J. Monaghan and K. Walby; Whose Knowledges? Moving Beyond Damage-Centred Research in Studies of Women in Street-Based Sex Work by C. Shdaimah and C.S. Leon; Understanding Fear and Unease in Open Domains: Toward a Typology for Deviant Behaviour in Public Space by S.F. Meyer; Access Denied: Studying Up in the Criminological Encounter by J.C. Oleson; Stabbing to Get to Prison: Biography as an Encounter with the Criminal Mind by F. van Gemert; a Book Review: Kerman, P. (2010). Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. New York: Spiegel & Grau by A. Nuytiens and A. Vanhouche; and an Interview: The Encounters of… Sonja Snacken. Back and Forth: From Activism to (Social) Science, From Law to Criminology interviewed by S. De Ridder

Authors are invited to submit articles, and submissions received before December 15th 2018 will be considered for the second issue of the journal.