The Carceral Cultures Conference invites an intersectional analysis of phenomena such as mass incarceration, migrant detention, and the workings of the surveillance society. Building on the efflorescence of scholarship, activism, and cultural production founded in Indigenous sovereignty, Black Lives Matter and other communities of resistance, the conference will take into account issues surrounding border security, prisons, surveillance systems, and the logic of segregation and suspicion that has come to permeate so many facets of everyday life. Over three and a half days, Carceral Cultures will bring together high profile keynote speakers, community activists, and cultural producers, with students, scholars, and members of the public from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Together, we will examine and interrogate the myriad ways in which the carceral has come to shape the economies, ecologies, aesthetics, and social and political experiences of contemporary culture.
The conference is hosted at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Campus on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.