Winter 2019

January 16:
Carceral State Project event – “Containment and the Carceral State”
Hatcher Library Gallery, 5:30pm-7:30pm

February 13:
Carceral State Project event – “Control and the Carceral State”
Hatcher Library Gallery, 5:30pm-7:30pm

February 22:
Conference Paper Workshop
2-3:30pm, Tisch 2021 C
The aim of this workshop is to bring together graduate students who are interested in topics broadly related to carceral studies, including prison education, the school to prison pipeline, activism, criminology, and more, and who intend to submit abstracts or full papers to conferences, edited volumes, or journals. We ask that attendees bring three hard copies of the abstracts they’re working on and/or calls for papers they’re responding to or are interested in. Even if you’re just beginning to explore carceral studies and don’t have a specific call to respond to, we encourage you to attend this event — it will be an opportunity to learn about each other’s work and interests, get a sense of the field, explore scholarly opportunities, and build community.

The conference paper workshop will be moderated by Professor Antoine Traisnel (English and Comparative Literature) and Professor Jeffrey Morenoff (Sociology), who will offer feedback on the abstracts and insight into the expectations of journals and conferences in their fields. Light refreshments will be served!

March 13:
Carceral State Project event – “Community and the Carceral State”
Hatcher Library Gallery, 5:30pm-7:30pm

March 19:
Dissertation Workshop: “The Ballads of Jack Sheppard: Imagining an Excarceral Future with a Refrain from the Past,” Rachel Cawkwell, English Language and Literature
Angell Hall 3184, 2-3pm
Join us for a dissertation workshop for Rachel Cawkwell (English Language and Literature) featuring her research on nineteenth-century texts involving the eighteenth-century excarceral hero Jack Sheppard.

March 28:
Critical Visualities Conference
We are co-sponsoring this conference that is led by the Visual Culture Workshop. Speakers of particular interest to carceral studies include Rutgers’s Nicole Fleetwood and U of M’s Ruby Tapia. Other scholars include: Zahid Chaudhary (Princeton), Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin), Kimberly Janita Brown (Mt KHolyoke), Laurie Gries (university of Colorado) and UM faculty including Sara Blair, Vera Grant, and Joan Kee.

April 6:
Ethics of Prison Work Conference

The Carceral Studies RIW is excited to host an all-day event exploring the ethics of researching or working within carceral institutions and those communities affected by incarceration. The day will open with a morning panel addressing the ethics of doing research, teaching, nonprofit work, community engagement and/or other activist work. After lunch, we will have breakout sessions, in which attendees can discuss important questions raised in the morning and workshop their own work and problems of practice. We invite diverse and interdisciplinary discussions, and anticipate a broad range of discussion topics.
Panelists include:

  • Liat Ben-Moshe, Feminist Disability Studies Scholar and Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Aaron Suganuma, Executive Director of A Brighter Way
  • Ashley Lucas, Associate Professor of Theatre & Drama and the Residential College, and Director of The Prison Creative Arts Project

Poet and musician, Cozine Welch, will also share some of his work.

Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please RSVP to help us prepare for this event.

April 10:
Carceral State Project event – “Beyond the Carceral State”
Hatcher Library Gallery, 5:30pm-7:30pm

April 19:
Graduate student conversation/activity co-sponsored with the Carceral State Project. Details forthcoming.


Fall 2018


September 25:
Workshop Kick-off & “Knife Skills” Screening
Angell 3222, 3pm-5pm
October 3:
Carceral State Project event – “What is the Carceral State, Why Does it Matter, What are We Doing about It”
Hatcher Library Gallery, 5:30pm-7:30pm
October 27:
Trip to see the States of Incarceration exhibit in Lansing. Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending.
9:30 – meet at UM (specific location to come) for light breakfast and remarks by Mary Heinen, program coordinator and co-founder of the Prison Creative Arts Project — coffee and bagels will be served!
10:00 – depart UM
11:00 – arrive in Lansing for States of Incarceration
12:30 – depart Lansing
1:30 – arrive UM, end of event
November 7:
Carceral State Project event – “Criminalization and the Carceral State”
Hatcher Library Gallery, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Roundtable panelists: 
-Erin Keith, Staff Attorney for Youth Legal Services and Empowerment, Detroit Justice Center

-Maria Ibarra-Frayrem, Southeast Michigan Organizer, We the People Michigan
-Rev. Joe Summers, Pastor of The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
-Mark Fancher, Racial Justice Staff Attorney, ACLU of Michigan
-Derrick Jackson, Director of Community Engagement, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office
-Matt Lassiter (chair), U-M History

November 12:
Restorative Justice Pedagogy Training
3154 Angell Hall, 1pm-3:30pm
Do you want to bring practices into your classroom that will help build community and facilitate conversations across difference? Are you looking for specific activities that can help bolster classroom discussion and invite deeper dialogic exchange? Our four guest speakers will provide a series of activities that can be adapted to a variety of purposes and content, drawing on both their prison education work and their university teaching. Come join us for light snacks, resources to bring to your teaching, and a Q&A session about how to build a strong community and foster productive dialogue in your classroom. RSVP here

Guest speakers include:

Becca Pickus, Lecturer in Social Theory and Practice at the Residential College
Antoine Traisnel, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Ruby Tapia, Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies
Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Professor of Classical Studies

December 7:
Interrogating the Activist-Scholar
5511 Haven Hall, 12pm-2pm
Graduate Student Discussion co-hosted with the Carceral State Project discussing the question of what makes an activist-scholar. This is an opportunity to share our experiences and discuss scenarios in which we navigate the tensions and possibilities of activist-scholarship. We are collecting questions and dilemmas in advance for our conversation.
Special guests will be contributing their specialized knowledge to our conversations:
Ruby Tapia (University of Michigan)
Jason Smith (Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency)
Joe Cialdella (Rackham)
Neeraja Aravamudan (Ginsberg Center)
While aimed at graduate students, this event is open to anyone interested in thinking more about this dual role. Food will be provided.

On this calendar, we will post both events that we are hosting and events of interest related to carceral studies on campus. If you would like to have an event listed here, leave a comment on our Contact Us page.

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