Carceral Geography Conference 2016

geog-building-sunshine1There is just one week left before the Call for Papers for this conference closes (at 8am UK time on Friday 7th October)!

Carceral Geography Conference 2016 at the University of Birmingham : Confinement, Crossings and Conditions

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham will host the first dedicated conference for Carceral Geography, on Tuesday 13th December 2016.

Call for Papers

Abstracts are invited for papers which address the themes of this conference: Confinement, Crossings and Conditions. These themes pertain to the nature and experience of carceral confinement, broadly interpreted; the notion of crossing of an assumed or contested boundary both between spaces of confinement and ‘other’ spaces,  and to the ways in which carceral experiences persist after periods of custody have ended – both for those confined, and for affected others. During ESRC research projects to which the conference is linked, (focused on the experience of carceral spaces) issues of absence, intimacy, choreography and the microscale emerged as significant, and prospective speakers are invited to engage with (but are by no means limited to) these notions. Papers which discuss methodological or theoretical approaches for carceral geography, and those exploring the ‘place’ of carceral geography in relation to human geography / criminology / carceral studies more generally are also welcome.

Abstracts from postgraduate and early career researchers are particularly welcome.

As well as providing a forum for dissemination and discussion of new and recent research in carceral geography, this event is intended provide a ‘springboard’ for the development of an organisational structure for this subdiscipline: there will formal and informal opportunities to discuss and plan actions and activities around this topic.

A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries will be available for paper presenters.

Please use this URL to:

  •     Register to attend as a speaker, and submit your abstract
  •     Register to attend as a non-presenting delegate

If you are submitting an abstract, please note that the closing date to do so is 8am (UK time) on Friday 7th October. Selection decisions will be communicated by Friday 14th October.

L’intervention évangélique dans une prison pour femmes à Lima

Crédit Santiago Barco

Crédit Santiago Barco

Une contribution de Chloé Constant :

Sociologue, postdoctorante à la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Unidad Xochimilco. Elle travaille actuellement sur les trajectoires de vie de femmes transsexuelles migrantes incarcérées à Mexico. Auteure de Solidarité et inégalités. Le centre de détention de femmes Santa Mónica à Lima (IHEAL-CREDAL, 2011), ainsi que de plusieurs articles dans des revues internationales comme Signs et Champ Pénal/Penal Field, elle a coordonné la publication d’un ouvrage sur les prisons latino-américaines à paraître en 2016.


Crédit Chloé Constant

Crédit Chloé Constant

Résumé :

Les visiteurs évangéliques intervenant dans la prison de femmes de Chorrillos à Lima remplissent diverses fonctions qui dépassent largement le cadre religieux. Outre le soutien spirituel, ils apportent aux détenues un soutien matériel et un soutien substitutif qui permet de « combler leur incapacité d’action ». Or les détenues qui participent aux activités évangéliques ne représentent qu’un faible pourcentage de la population carcérale et celles qui profitent de ces diverses formes de soutien sont majoritairement étrangères. Quels critères conditionnent l’accès à ces intervenants et dans quelle mesure cette situation crée-t-elle des dissensions au sein de la population carcérale ? Cet article cherche à montrer la diversité des fonctions remplies par les intervenants évangéliques et à examiner leurs pratiques et leurs discours, pour analyser leur impact sur les relations entre détenues.

Lire le texte : L’intervention évangelique dans une prison pour femmes à Lima



Les travaux de “Border Criminologies”

Border_criminologyLes collègues de l’équipe Border Criminologies, coordonnée par Mary Bosworth et accueillie par l’Université d’Oxford, nous font parvenir un billet sur les activités qu’ils ont conduites pendant la première année de leur programme:

Launched in April 2013, Border Criminologies was created at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford as part of Mary Bosworth’s European Research Council Starting Grant, ‘Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power.’ In both its online format and within the University, Border Criminologies brings together an international group of academics, practitioners, and those who have experienced border control, disseminating high quality original research on the nature and effects of border control while exploring alternatives. Supported by a core group based in Oxford, the network and website have grown rapidly and continue to evolve as new researchers join in and content is added.

At year-end 2013, the Border Criminologies network included seventeen academic researchers and six postgraduate research students along with an international advisory group whose fourteen members represent academic, government, and non-government sectors. The website combines an active blog presenting a variety of research projects, teaching resources, publications, and information about forthcoming seminars. It also links to Border Criminologies’ active social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr.

The blog has emerged as a particularly important feature of Border Criminologies’ work. In 2013, we published over 80 entries on a variety of topics related to border control: immigration detention, border policing, research methods, visual methods, and maritime migration. Our website statistics indicate that over 8 months the blog was viewed approximately 21,000 times. The single most popular post so far has been that written by recent Oxford BCL graduate Celia Rooney, ‘Exploiting a Tragedy: The Securitization of EU Borders in the Wake of Lampedusa.’

In addition to the blog, we have extended the online presence of Border Criminologies through social media, with multiple Twitter feeds and posts on Facebook. As part of our focus on visual methods, we are slowly amassing images of border control on our Flickr account. While the main viewers of the website are from the UK, US, Canada, and Australia, Border Criminologies has viewers from countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. At the end of 2013, Border Criminologies was approached by Newstex, a web based business to syndicate our blog content, a development that has the potential to widen our reach significantly.

Members of the Border Criminologies group in Oxford and elsewhere were active in research and publication throughout 2013, presenting on their research in a variety of academic and professional venues. Examples of their publications can be found on the Research Publications page, while accounts of some of their research activity can be found on the Current Research page. Details about their teaching in this field can be found on the Teaching page, while examples of survey instruments can be found on the Research Surveys page.

In December 2013, Mary Bosworth was awarded a Leverhulme International Network Fellowship to link the Border Criminologies research group at Oxford with the Border Crossing Observatory group at Monash University and the Crime Control in the Borderlands of Europe team at the University of Oslo. As part of this network, Border Criminologies will set up and host a new open access SSRN journal on research in criminology and migration. In addition, it will create a forum for emerging researchers to discuss and share research methods and experiences. The Leverhulme grant will also fund a three-year Network Facilitator who will be able to assist with the management and development of the website.

Looking ahead

For 2014, we have several goals in mind. First, we will be launching a redesigned version of the Border Criminologies website so that the blog is clearly identifiable on a separate page. We hope the redesigned website will be more user-friendly. Once that is done we aim to consolidate the blog’s publishing schedule. Ideally, we would like to publish three posts per week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We will continue to build content on the website, with a specific focus on three main areas:

  1. teaching resources for criminology courses on border control, migration, and mobility;
  2. creating a postdoctoral research network; and
  3. creating a professional network for NGOs.

We intend to integrate more audio and visual content, starting with podcasts from two seminars that we are hosting in March 2014 on foreign national prisoners and everyday life in immigration detention.

As we develop the website, we will include more information about the research of the network members and create a blog for detainees, ex-prisoners, and those with experience of border control. Sarah Turnbull, who is currently conducting research on immigration detainees’ perspectives on home and belonging, has started to hand out cameras to women and men leaving detention, to record what happens next. The first photo essay from this project will appear as an entry on the blog in early 2014, while later images will be collated for further academic analysis. Combined with images taken in detention centres by members of Border Criminologies, these may form the basis of a future exhibition.

Border Criminologies is at an exciting stage. While still new, it has started to consolidate. We continue to experiment with new methods and modes of communication, reaching out to colleagues around the world. Alongside these web-based interactions, network members remain active in research and publications in more traditional academic arenas as well. As we move forward, we welcome comments, suggestions, and participation in these endeavours.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to Border Criminologies in 2013 and to those of you who follow the blog and Border Criminologies through social media.

Mary, Inês, and Sarah

Olivier Milhaud lauréat du Prix Gabriel Tarde, prix français de criminologie

La thèse d’Olivier Milhaud, Séparer et punir, les prisons françaises mises à distance et punition par l’espace a été récompensée du Prix Gabriel Tarde, dont la gestion est assurée par l’Association française de criminologie , dans le but de “promouvoir la recherche et les enseignements de toutes les disciplines qui participent au développement de la criminologie”.

Le jury de la session 2010-2011 s’était réuni début octobre sous la présidence de Christian Nils Robert, professeur honoraire de droit pénal et de criminologie, avocat, expert au Comité européen de prévention de la torture.

Né en 1978, Olivier Milhaud est maître de conférences en géographie à l’Université Paris 4 Sorbonne. Normalien, agrégé et docteur en géographie, il travaille sur l’espace carcéral. Soutenue en 2009 à l’Université de Bordeaux 3, sa thèse avait déjà reçu le Prix de thèse de l’Université de Bordeaux en 2010.

Le programme Terrferme est prolongé d’une année

Le programme Terrferme vient d’obtenir un financement du Conseil régional d’Aquitaine (réf. : 2010407003). Venant compléter celui de l’ANR, ce financement va permettre à l’équipe de prolonger son projet de recherche d’une année (jusque fin 2012). Il donnera ainsi davantage d’ampleur aux travaux en cours en permettant en premier lieu d’effectuer plus de missions de recueil de données empiriques, en second lieu d’organiser ou de participer à davantage de manifestations scientifiques faisant ainsi connaître les recherches entreprises. Enfin ce financement va permettre à Olivier Clochard de mener une recherche postdoctorale sur le thème « Les passagers clandestins maritimes dans les ports du sud-ouest européen ».

Les terrains sur lesquels travaillent les membres de Terrferme nécessitent un investissement sur place aussi durable que possible. Nos enquêtes requièrent des collaborations avec des ONG locales. La sensibilité des thématiques que nous abordons avec nos interlocuteurs rendent indispensables l’établissement de liens de confiance, lesquels ne peuvent se faire que dans la durée. Enfin, une partie de nos enquêtes est soumise à l’obtention d’autorisations par les administrations compétentes, ce qui, à nouveau, nous impose de longs délais.

Pour toutes ces raisons l’équipe Terrferme est très heureuse de prolonger son projet !