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H-ASIA: call for proposals

October 30, 2013 - 00:00-November 1, 2013 - 00:00

Dignity – Danish institute against Torture, Aalborg University and Copenhagen University invite proposals for a conference:

“The Stuck, the Mobile and the Dislocated: Reflections on Life in Ghettos, Slums, Camps and Prisons”

What is the relationship between ghettoes, camps, places of detention and prisons? To what extent are these sites entangled and how do they animate each other empirically and theoretically? How do structures of stuckness, confinement and mobility impact on the possibilities of making life in such sites? Can comparing and analyzing these sites together provide new insights into troubled and precarious lives? These are the questions we aim to address during this conference, drawing on different sites characterized by stuckness, mobility and displacement. Take for instance the relationship between the ghetto and the prison. We might ask what difference it makes to be confined in a prison or in a ghetto. Are they radically different forms of confinement or can they be conceptually compared?  Or we might ask about the significance of the circulation of bodies between ghettos and prisons. What does this circulation mean for the people in the sites and the sites themselves? What is the relation between confinement in different forms and citizenship, material possessions and the state? Similar questions can be asked about relocation sites, slums and refugee camps. Each of these sites is characterized by flows and enclosures of people: dislocated, confined, stuck or mobile.

Each is characterized by a tension between the temporary and the permanent; between exclusion and inclusion; between boundaries and their transgression. In many ways, what is ultimately at stake seems to be the connection between involuntary confinement and forced mobility versus desired place-making and the freedom to move.

In order to explore these issues, we invite papers that inquire into these different sites with a particular focus on their entangled nature and the ways in which populations and people are confined, dislocated, mobile or stuck. These sites include prisons, refugee camps, urban relocation and resettlement sites, ghettos and urban housing projects, migration reception centers and other kinds of camps across the global North and South. In doing so, we aim to bring together scholars from different analytical fields – criminology, prison studies, urban studies, geography, conflict studies, migration studies and refugee studies – to engage in an inter-disciplinary conversation about the possibility of life and power in sites of confinement.

The conference will combine key note addresses and workshop presentations.

Confirmed keynote speakers will be:
·         Mary Bosworth, Faculty of Law, Oxford University
·         Elizabeth Povinelli, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
·         Michel Agier, EHESS, Paris
·         Daniel Hoffman, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington


Venue: Aalborg University’s Copenhagen Campus

If you are interested to participate, please register and/or submit an abstract of no more than 250 words before May 15, 2013 to either Simon Turner (sturner@dps.aau.dk<sje@dignityinstitute.dk<H-ASIA: call for proposals


October 30, 2013 - 00:00
November 1, 2013 - 00:00