Looking for panellists: "Prison-islands as rule over the Other's body and spirit" at the Coimbra (Portugal) I Intersectional Conference 2020

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Contemporary History, Human Rights, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Slavery

We are calling for panellists to Workgroup II of the I Intersectional Conference 2020 - "Incarceration and Society", January 29 to 31 2020, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Coimbra (Portugal)  >> Call for papers until 31 October 31 OUT 2019

Please see the details here: https://ces.uc.pt/en/agenda-noticias/agenda-de-eventos/2020/encarceramento-e-sociedade/submissao-de-propostas

WorkGroup/Panel 2 - "Prison-islands as rule over the Other's body and spirit"
Coordination: Ana Oliveira and Marisa Ramos Gonçalves, Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra

Across colonial and post-colonial times, the use of insularity as a territory of natural confinement has been marked, historically, by colonial matrices of power and knowledge comprising of demographic racialisation systems, as well as state-run strategies for political, cultural, religious, security, border and sanitary control. Colonial violence was constitutive of these spaces which operated as concentration camps, where political foes or others condemned to security measures were sent, by administrative decision, without trial or formal sentencing, and who frequently faced, behind the so-called "racial contract", forced labour, torture, sexual violence or solitary confinement. This violence is being updated into new colonial technologies, sanctioned by new consensus built around security discourses: from the design and enforcement of prison-islands for asylum seekers and refugees, the development of buffer-spaces (such as in Turkey, by the EU) to war on terrorism spaces (the USA's Guantanamo Bay in Cuba), allowing for regimes of exception that suspend domestic or international law.

This workgroup welcomes contributions from a broad range of fields, from history to sociology, to law, and literary and cultural studies, that start out from the concept and imagery of the island, as metaphor or metonymy of border, to illustrate, densify or problematise the historical and present-day manifestations of these prison-islands, or hospital-colonies or island-ghettos. 

Submission of abstractsintersectional2020@gmail.com

Proposals by researchers for panel presentations must be submitted directly to the chosen panel and comprise title (no longer than 70 characters incl. spaces), expanded abstract (4000 characters incl. spaces), abstract (500 characters incl. spaces), bibliography (1000 characters incl. spaces) and short CV (500 characters incl. spaces).


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