CFP- Police, Prisons and Power: Interdisciplinary Grad Student Conference (Submissions Due Feb. 25)

Call for Papers:

Police, Prisons, and Power:

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Criminal Justice

The Prison Studies Group’s

Third Annual Graduate Student Conference

April 12, 2013

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals for The Prison Studies Group’s third annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference to take place at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York on April 12, 2013. This year’s conference is entitled “Police, Power, and Prisons: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Criminal Justice.”

The aim of the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for emerging scholars whose research relates to the prison and criminal/juvenile justice systems. We welcome papers across academic fields, and we encourage submissions on a broad range of subjects on the general theme of crime and punishment – past and present, domestic and international.

Topics might include:

The power of police and policingRacial profiling

  • Stop and frisk
  • Police shootings
  • Vigilante policing
  • Technology, surveillance, control of public space
  • Immigration enforcement
  • Comparative international or transnational policing

The power of prisons and imprisonmentPolitical economy of mass incarceration

  • Trends in sentencing
  • 40 years of mandatory minimums in NY (Rockefeller Drug Laws)
  • Immigration detention
  • School-to-Prison pipeline
  • Inmates and correction officers
  • Satisfying the need for justice: blame and criminal accountability
  • Struggles and successes of reentry

The power of people and knowledgeThe prison as a site of the production of knowledge

  • Increased political, academic, and public concern over mass incarceration. Is this a moment of change?
  • Educational and other programs in prisons
  • Preventing crime, criminalization, and incarceration
  • (de) construction of criminality

Each presentation will be 12-15 minutes long, with time reserved at the end of each panel of presentations for Q&A.

Graduate students interested in participating should submit the following as an email attachment (.doc/x or .pdf) by Monday, February 25, 2013 to

  • paper abstract not exceeding 300 words;
  • name as it should appear in the program;
  • graduate program in which student is enrolled (school, department and degree working toward);
  • brief bio to be read as an introduction at the conference;
  • an indication of any a/v needs such as power-point, dvd, video, etc.

Participants will be notified by March 1, 2013.

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