Carceral Geography Conference 2016

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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.

Power, Control and Money in Prison : the case of the Yaounde Central Prison

Abstract of the  paper presented by Marie Morelle at the Association of American Geographers Annual meeting as part of the Paper Session: Mobilities, Borders, and Confinement III: Place and Fixity (scheduled on Friday, 4/15/2011 at 14:40 PM. Washington State Convention Center Level 6, Seattle, Washington) :

Power, Control and Money in Prison : the case of the Yaounde Central Prison

This paper aims at analysing the interactions between inmates and the penitentiary authorities, in a carceral situation, from a spatial point of view. It focuses especially on internal mobilities, in the Central Prison of Yaounde. It draws from fielwork undertaken in the Yaounde Central Prison, in April and July 2010. The fieldwork was based on enquiries and on observations.

The Yaounde Central Prison (known as « Kondengui ») is overcrowded : it was built in 1968 for 800 to 1 000 inmates, according to the differents sources. It now hosts between 3 000 and 4 000 of them. This overcrowding acts upon the appropriation of space and the power structures at the level of the prison, in a context where the prisoners are unevenly divided into the 13 districts of Kondengui. How does the right to circulate inside the prison and even to have access to a bed, to a cell, to a district is guaranted inside the prison ?

The formal prison organization cannot be opposed in a binary way to the inmates’ resistances to spatial and temporal constraints. Some prisoners are neither subjected to nor entirely resisting the carceral order (of the guards as well as of the penitentiary authorities). They negociate a place to live. These kinds of negociations produce a secure (money, access to different places, etc.).

This paper therefore proposes a microgeography of the carceral space to understand the power relationships in a context of confinement.