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International Workshop: 18-19 June 2020 at the University of Amsterdam

Deadline for call for papers:  31 January 2020 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Máximo Sozzo (Sociology and Criminology, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
Dr. Jennifer Turner (Human Geography, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)

Themes connecting and/or questioning the carceral in the global that are welcomed for debate
during this workshop include, but are not restricted to:

  • regimes of global carceral surveillance, mobility and stasis;
  • globalised processes, spaces, imaginaries or forms of confinement, and/or their localised
  • expressions;
  • the spaces, forms or imaginaries of ‘carceral states’;
  • pockets and aspects of confinement that may be obscured by globalisation processes;
  • the carceral and the rural / urban;
  • prison ecologies and (globalised) effects of prison architecture and design;
  • carceral affects, atmospheres, and sensory realms of confinement, also those travelling beyond
  • the prison;
  • the (global) rise of prison aesthetics in popular culture;
  • the carceral and social media;
  • prison memoirs and their (global) cultural / political circulation;
  • (global) trends in political imprisonment and confining dissent.

This conference seeks to analyse the intersections between the carceral and the global in an interdisciplinary context. It explicitly invites scholars from different fields – including but not limited to the humanities and social sciences – to reflect on the interrelations between space, materiality, form, culture and the imagination. In order to achieve this, the conference organises a series of interdisciplinary panels according to theme rather than method. If possible, the workshop will include a visit to a former prison site. In order to foster in depth discussion, the panels will be based on participant’s written work. The most to the point conference proceedings will be selected for a special issue / edited volume.

Abstracts (max 250 words) and a short bio (max 100 words) are due on 31 January 2020. The full papers (max 3500 words) on 15 May 2020, so that these can be distributed to all participants in advance. The workshop has no registration fee.

Please submit your abstract to the workshop organisers: Hanneke Stuit ( and
Julienne Weegels ( Feel free to email us with any questions.