Carceral Ecologies

Claire Reddleman, Bars and Moss, 2018. Courtesy the artist
Claire Reddleman, Bars and Moss, 2018. Courtesy the artist

Is it possible to imagine a world without prisons? How would this world look like? What leaps of the imagination might be required to overcome incarceration? By reading and discussing texts, images and film that shapes and contests dominant perceptions around the longevity of prison, this two-day workshop will consider the difficult long-term labour of dismantling existing carceral systems.

This workshop is also exploring the links between the world’s prison systems, racist and colonial structures. Prisons continue to perpetuate social inequality, and there is a danger that this will only intensify in the context of increased forced migration and reduced resources resulting from climate disaster.

Preparatory material will be shared in advance. This event is supported as part of the AHRC-funded research project Postcards from the bagne, led by Sophie Fuggle at Nottingham Trent University.

Sophie Fuggle is Senior Lecturer in French at Nottingham Trent University. She is an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow (2018-2020). Her current research specialises in recent and contemporary continental philosophy, visual culture, ecocriticism and representations of incarceration. Fuggle is author of Foucault/Paul: Subjects of Power (Palgrave, 2013) and co-editor of a number of collections including La Ligne d’écume: Encounteringthe French Beach (Pavement Books, 2016) and Foucault and the History of Our Present (Palgrave, 2015). Recently, her long-term interest in questions of space and identity have coalesced around representations of incarceration in French and Francophone culture.