Program announced for the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

We are proud to outline the program for the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography, which will be held hybrid from Melbourne, Australia on 13-15th December 2022.

Download the program here!

The conference is hosted by the University of Melbourne and supported by the Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

This year’s conference theme is Confinement: spaces and practices of care and control. The conference will be an inclusive, engaged and engaging gathering of interdisciplinary scholars, students, practitioners and people with lived experience of living and working in confined settings.

It will feature 26 themed paper sessions, 5 keynote plenary sessions as well as a creative program of works (online and face-to-face) and a variety of networking opportunities.

Conference registration is free for those without financial support. We invite others to contribute whatever they are able to. Registration contributions will be used to support bursaries for ECR presenters to future International Conferences for Carceral Geography.

Register now at: https://icmsmeetings.eventsair.com/5th-international-conference-for-carceral-geography/registration/Site/Register

For more information, please visit our conference website

Any questions please email:

carceral-geography22@unimelb.edu.au

New CGWG book review – Sophie Lachapelle on James Gacek’s ‘Portable Prisons’

The latest in the Carceral Geography Working Group book review series is now online. Here, Sophie Lachapelle provides a review of James Gacek’s Portable Prisons: Electronic Monitoring and the Creation of Carceral Territory.

Read Sophie’s review here.

Both James and Sophie’s work will feature at the upcoming 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography in December. For more information and the link to free registration, see the conference webpages.

To suggest a book to be reviewed for the CGWG series, please contact us.

Registration Open for the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

We share the exciting news that registration is now open for the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography – a hybrid conference (in-person and online) in Melbourne, Australia on 13-15th December 2022!

The conference is hosted by the University of Melbourne and supported by the Carceral Geography Working Group (CGWG) of the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

This year’s conference theme is Confinement: spaces and practices of care and control. The conference will be an inclusive, engaged and engaging gathering of interdisciplinary scholars, students, practitioners and people with lived experience of living and working in confined settings.

It will feature 26 themed paper sessions, 5 keynote plenary sessions as well as a creative program of works (online and face-to-face) and a variety of networking opportunities.

Conference registration is free for those without financial support. We invite others to contribute whatever they are able to. Registration contributions will be used to support bursaries for ECR presenters to future International Conferences for Carceral Geography.

Register now at: https://icmsmeetings.eventsair.com/5th-international-conference-for-carceral-geography/registration/Site/Register

For more information, please visit our conference website

Any questions please email:

carceral-geography22@unimelb.edu.au

Abstracts deadline extended for 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

The deadline for abstract submissions for the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography has been extended to Friday 5 August 2022.

The 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography takes place on 14-15 December 2022.

This year’s conference is hosted by The University of Melbourne, Australia. The conference will be a hybrid online/in-person event, with sessions across multiple time zones and locations.

The conference theme is Confinement: Spaces and Practices of care and control.

Read the call for papers and find out how to submit your abstract.

Carceral Geography Working Group AGM

Dear CGWG members,

Please accept this advanced notice of the CGWG Annual General Meeting, which will take place on 6 September at 13:00 BST. The AGM will take place online via Zoom. Registration is available via Eventbrite here.

We warmly welcome you all to the meeting. As well as the formal business of running the working group, it’s a great opportunity for us to meet and hear from the wide range of researchers who are linked to our network. We are particularly keen to hear feedback on our recent CGWG events and ECR programme.

If you wish to send agenda items for discussion, please email our secretary Lauren Martin (lauren.martin@durham.ac.uk) by Friday 26 August. This is especially encouraged for any members where the time-zone does not allow attendance – we will happily provide feedback on the discussion around your point of interest.

The Carceral Geography Working Group is also looking for new committee members to fill the following positions:

Communications Lead (3 year term)

Responsibilities:

  • Lead communications and marketing activity to promote the activities of the CGWG and encourage membership
  • Develop and maintain the CGWG website and other digital communications
  • Produce communications to support the delivery of CGWG events
  • Develop and oversee the use of the CGWG brand identity

Treasurer (3 year term)

Responsibilities:

  • Keep the accounts for the group
  • Ensure payments are made on behalf of the group
  • Compile and submit the group’s annual financial reporting.

Candidates for the Treasurer positions must be a Fellow or Postgraduate Fellow of the RGS-IBG. Financial support for Fellowship is available for eligible candidates via the RGS-IBG. If you are interested in this committee position but would require this support, details of the application are attached.

We also have vacancies for our Advisory Board (3 year term) for those who wish to be involved with the CGWG but who may not wish to take on an executive committee position.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend AGM and one-other dedicated Advisory Board meeting per year to offer opinions/suggestions for the development of CGWG activities
  • Circulate CGWG events/information via personal and professional networks
  • Offer additional support for the committee (as appropriate to experience and availability, as necessary) for tasks such as attending/chairing events; abstract selection; CGWG prize assessment; ECR programme development; support for non-academic engagement.

Nominations for these committee roles and for the Advisory Board are now open. Nominations must be in writing to the Chair (Dr Jennifer Turner – jennifer.turner@uni-oldenburg.de) and Secretary (Dr Lauren Martin – lauren.martin@durham.ac.uk) with the name of two nominators (these need not be Fellows of the RGS-IBG or existing committee members). Nominations can be made until the conclusion of the AGM. If you are unable to attend the meeting (due to time-zone, diary conflicts, etc), please let us know and we will act on your behalf. A vote will be used to make decisions.

If you have any questions about what the roles involve, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Jennifer Turner – jennifer.turner@uni-oldenburg.de.

Call for papers now live for 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

The call for papers is now live for the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography, which takes place on 14-15 December 2022.

This year’s conference is hosted by The University of Melbourne, Australia. The conference will be a hybrid online/in-person event, with sessions across multiple time zones and locations.

The conference theme is Confinement: Spaces and Practices of care and control.

Read the call for papers and find out how to submit your abstract.

New ‘Carceral Crossings’ article online now

The latest article in our Carceral Crossings series is online now: Carceral control through a university student lens at homecoming.

In this new article, Emma Dann, an undergraduate student at Queen’s University, Canada, reflects on her experiences of carceral immobilisation during Homecoming at her university. 

Emma describes how celebrations in October 2021 were subject to ‘a police presence more extensive and more intense than the University and its students had experienced before’. Drawing on her academic study of carceral geography, she argues that the policing of the celebrations represents ‘a clear example that techniques and technologies of confinement seep out of ‘carceral’ spaces into the everyday, domestic, street, and institutional spaces’.

Read Emma’s article online here

About Carceral Crossings

Carceral Crossings provides a forum for researchers to explore the interactions between carceral geography and their own research and/or life experiences.

Possible topics for Carceral Crossings articles include:

  • Discussion of carceral geography scholarship that has been formative for the author’s own research
  • Analysis of manifestations of carcerality in the news or in everyday life
  • Reflections on carceral geography research and methods
  • Discussion of learning and/or teaching carceral geography

The format is informal, comprising blog-style pieces of up to 750 words, excluding references. We are particularly keen to publish writing by Early Career Researchers (undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral).

To find out more, or to submit your writing, please visit our Carceral Crossings webpage.

Save the date – 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography

The Carceral Geography Working Group is delighted to announce that the 5th International Conference for Carceral Geography will take place on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 December 2022.

The conference will be hosted by The University of Melbourne, Australia, and will be a hybrid online/in-person event, with sessions across multiple time zones and locations.

The conference theme is Confinement: Spaces and Practices of care and control.

More details and a call for papers will follow very soon…

Call for book reviews

The Carceral Geography Working Group is making a call for book reviews.

We are currently seeking reviewers for the following titles:

  • Herrity, K, Schmidt, B and Warr, J (2021) Sensory penalties, Emerald Publishers.
  • Turner, J and Knight, V (2020) The Prison Cell: Embodied and Everyday Spaces of Incarceration, Palgrave.
  • Froden, M (2021) A Circular Argument: A Creative Exploration of Power and Space, Emerald Publishers.
  • Schliehe, A (2021) Young Women’s Carceral Geographies: Abandonment, Trouble and Mobility, Emerald Publishers.
  • Morelle, M (2019) Yaounde Carcerale – Geographie d’une ville et de sa prison, Lyon.
  • Gacek, J (2022) Portable Prisons: Electronic Monitoring and the Creation of Carceral Territory, McGill – Queens University Press.
  • Pieris, A and Horiuchi, L (2021) The Architecture of Confinement: Incarceration Camps of the Pacific War, Cambridge University Press.

Reviews should be approximately 1000 words in length and delivered within 2 months of receipt of the book. They should specifically consider the work in relation to carceral geography and geographical conceptualisations of confinement.

Reviews will be published on the book review page of our website.

Contact us

If you would be interested in reviewing any of the titles listed above, or would like to suggest a further title for review, please contact us. We welcome reviews of books in languages other than English, and also invite suggestions of colleagues who may be able to assist.

Upcoming event: Explorations in Carceral Geography – Prisons in Africa

The next event in our Explorations in Carceral Geography seminar series will take place on Wednesday 6 April 2022, 10:00-12:00 CET with the title: Prisons in Africa: Imprint, value, justice, reform.

Explorations in Carceral Geography is a participatory and interdisciplinary seminar series, organised by Christophe Mincke, Olivier Milhaud and Anna Schliehe.

The seminar programme features the following invited speakers:

  • Julia Hornberger: University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Frédéric Le Marcis: ENS Lyon, France
  • Marie Morelle: University of Lumière Lyon 2, France

Marie Morelle, Frédéric Le Marcis, and Julia Hornberger edited Confinement, Punishment and Prisons in Africa (Routledge, 2021).  Winding up with the rhetoric of exceptionalism, they present a nuanced critique of the prison experience in diverse detention facilities across Africa. What makes their work so intriguing are the comparisons they were able to draw across a wide range of case studies and research approaches.

This is a free online event but please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explorations-in-carceral-geography-prisons-in-africa-tickets-294477318587