TOPIA - Call for Papers: Special Issue on Carceral Logics

TOPIA -- Special Issue on Carceral Logics cfp

While the actual architectures of detention are hidden from view and remain inaccessible to the public at large, the impact of incarceration, its breadth and extension, becomes rendered as a set of logistics pervading and underlying everyday "non-carceral" life. We are asking for papers that address how the carceral came to shape the economies, ecologies, cultural and social lives of contemporary society? While the historical route of the carceral is most widely understood through the Black Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, the logic of confinement is also made plain through what Ann Stoler called the “imperial carceral archipelago”. In white settler nation states this happens through land dispossession, enclosures, and the reformation of property law. This results not just in the removal of indigenous peoples from land, but their subsequent move to the reserve, to the city and to the prison. Carceral logics have also informed the modern and contemporary era of border technologies, data aggregation, and surveillance. The Carceral state uses these data and technologies to organize populations and govern; to establish forms of segregation and partition. Refugee camps, immigrant detentions and other forms of mass incarceration have targeted racialised and marginalized communities such that the continuity between the institution of slavery in the United States, and the ongoing history of colonialism in Canada.

Beginning with resistances and challenges to carceral logics provides a different angle on the logic of the Carceral. These resistances are varied and strong, from the BDS campaign, solidarity movements between #blacklivesmatter and Palestine. Indigenous struggles and migrant justice networks have struggled to continually capture and redefine freedom’s meaning outside of this logistical matrix. The formation of prison solidarity in places such as Pelican Bay, Cairo, Abu Grahib, Guantanamo, are stories that belie how freedom can be singularly rendered as an element of the Carceral State.

We encourage papers that address (but are not limited to):

   Representational strategies concerning incarceration and freedom
➢        Data, surveillance, sousveillance
➢        Abolition movements
➢        Carceral intimacies
➢        Capital, labour, and political economy in the carceral state
➢        Enclosure, segregation, apartheid, partition
➢        Prison literacies
➢        Military occupation
➢        Carceral mobilities
➢        Dis/ability and incarceration
➢        Legacies of internment
➢        Cultural memories of incarceration
➢        Embodied in/carcerations
➢        Carceral feminism and its alternatives
➢        Poetics of resistance
➢        Freedom from Ferguson to Palestine
➢        Black Lives Matter
➢        Politics of containment and resistance
➢        From slavery to incarceration
➢        Indigenous dispossession and incarceration
➢        Carceral logistics at the level of domesticity and social reproduction
➢        Red zones and other carceral geographies
➢        Community responses to urban policing and punishment
➢        Pedagogy and the carceral, e.g. Teaching Inside/Out

We require papers of 6500 words, by June 30, 2018. Please send them to

Please follow these guidelines for format and style before submitting for consideration. Manuscripts that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned to the author for revision.

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Dictionary: Canadian Oxford Dictionary ( region=uk)

Submission Rules:

Abstracts: Should be between 150 and 300 words in length. Please provide a French translation of the abstract; if translation is unavailable, notify TOPIA staff.

Biographical statement: Please send a short biographical statement of 50 to 100 words.

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