Call For Papers. CrimSL Grad Conference: Towards Decarceration: Abolition And The Carceral State

January 4, 2022 by CrimSL Communications

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The work of abolition is not confined to policing and prisons; rather, it is about the broader contours of the “carceral state”--the interconnected roles of detention, corrections and law enforcement, as well as the policies, non-governmental institutions (both non-profit and for-profit) and ideologies that ground state investment in policing, punishment and incarceration.

We invite papers that address the following themes:

· Prisons, punishment, mass incarceration and the “prison industrial complex” · Prison reform and abolition · Policing and movements to defund and/or abolish the police · Immigration detention and refugee camps · Settler colonialism and decolonization · Race, racism and the carceral state · Prison activism · Alternatives to incarceration · Capital, labour and political economy in the carceral state · Enclosure, segregation and apartheid · Carceral feminism, gender, sexuality and the carceral state · Abolition and Environmentalism

We welcome abstract submissions from graduate students in criminology, sociolegal studies, law, sociology, geography, history, political science, education, women and gender studies, and related disciplines.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words to

Be sure to include: Paper title / Presenter name(s) / Institutional affiliation / Program of study / E-mail addres

The conference will be held virtually. Further information about the panels, keynote speakers, conference format, and length of presentations will be sent out at a later date

Towards Decarceration is organized by graduate students at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, located on the traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit. We look forward to reflecting with colleagues on what it means to meet and work on this land today.

Conference date: March 31st and April 1st

Deadline for submissions: February 7th  

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