Draft Program


Organized and hosted by Chloë Taylor (University of Alberta, in Edmonton, AB),

Ada Jaarsma (Mount Royal University, in Calgary, AB),

and Kelly Struthers Montford (University of British Columbia Okanagan, in Kelowna, B.C.)

We are grateful for the generous funding we have received for this conference from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, Mount Royal University (the Office of Research, Scholarship, and Community Engagement, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, and the Faculty of Arts), and the University of Alberta (the Faculty of Arts, and the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, and Political Science).  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

4:00 p.m. Check in at the Banff Centre

Dinner on your own: Suggestion: the MacLab at the Banff Centre (self-paid)

Friday, September 20, 2019

7:00-9:00 a.m. Vistas breakfast (included for all conference participants, look for our group’s tables)

9:00-10:00 a.m. PARALLEL SESSIONS

PDC 102: Decarceral Solidarities (chair: Ada Jaarsma)

Nadiya Hasan, Lia Serpentini, and Christopher Shaw (Mount Royal University, Humanities) and Diana Pearson (University of Alberta, Gender and Social Justice Studies)

About Decarceral Solidarities: This will be an interactive and collaborative session, led by students, exploring the stakes and challenges of anti-carceral pedagogies. 

PDC 103: The Prison for Women (Chair: Katherine Binhammer)

Isabel Scheuneman Scott (University of Alberta, Sociology), “Walking the Tightwire: Indigenous Prisoners’ Writing in Kingston Prison for Women”

Jacqueline Davies (Queen’s University, Philosophy, and P4W Memorial Collective member), “Imagining Gardens in the Shadow of the Prison for Women”

PDC 104: Animals and the Law: Intersectional Critiques of Caging (Chair: Kelly Struthers Montford)

Ellen Campbell (University of Victoria, Law), “Centring Indigenous Laws and Challenges to Incarceration and Anthropocentrism in the Colonial State: Repatriating Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae) and Evicting Fish Farms”

Jessica Eisen (University of Alberta, Law), “Habeas Corpus for Non-Human Animals: Developing a Critical Approach”

10:00-10:30 a.m. Morning coffee break

10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon: PARALLEL SESSIONS

PDC 102: Queering Critical Prison Studies (Chair: Danielle Peers)

Erica Meiners (Northeastern Illinois University, Education), “Predators, Sex Offenders, Contagion: Tracing Emergent Practices of Queer Carceral Enclosure Beyond the Prison”

Perry Zurn (American University, Philosophy), “Abolition in Motion: Genealogy, Deconstruction, and Queer/Trans Liberation”

Alexa DeGagne (Athabasca University, Women’s and Gender Studies), “The Queer Beat: Theorizing Police Interventions in Queer Publics”

PDC 103: The P4W Memorial Project (Chair: Katherine Binhammer)

Screening of A Memorial Garden (20 minute documentary) followed by a conversation between P4W Memorial Collective members Fran Chaisson, Bobbie Kidd, Jacqueline Davies, and Lisa Guenther

PDC 104: Intersecting Abolitions (Chair: Chloë Taylor)

Vasile Stǎnescu (Mercer College, Communications), “To Think Beyond the Bars”

Calvin Smiley (Hunter College, Sociology), “Coexistence as Resistance: Human and Non-Human Animals in Carceral Settings”

Lauren Corman (Brock University, Sociology), “Trauma as a Möbius Strip: PTSD, Animal Research, and the Oak Ridge Prisoner Experiments”

12:00-1:30 p.m. Vistas lunch (included for all conference participants, look for our group’s tables)

1:30-3:00 p.m.: PARALLEL SESSIONS

PDC 102: Prisons, Education, and Decarceral/Decolonial Pedagogies (Chair: Ada Jaarsma)

Sol Neely (University of Alaska, Philosophy), “Decoloniality and Decarceration: Reports from The Flying University on Story, Pedagogy, and Restorative Justice”

Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University, Philosophy), “Vexed Horizons: Critical Reflections on Prison Education”

Diane Conrad (University of Alberta, Education), “Youth Incarceration: To What Ends?”

PDC 103:  Environmental Activism and Prison Abolitionism (Facilitator: Jordan Mazurek, The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons)

About The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons: The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) is a collaboration with the Abolitionist Law Center. FTP’s mission is to conduct grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action to challenge the prison system which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerous environmental conditions, as well as impacting surrounding communities and ecosystems by their construction and operation. FTP is inspired by the abolitionist movement against mass incarceration and the environmental justice movement, which have both been led by the communities who are hardest hit by prisons and pollution. Both these movements also have long histories of multi-racial alliances which we have been building on. 

3:00-3:30 p.m. Afternoon coffee break with cake

The remainder of the afternoon is free for a short hike or a visit to town. 

Dinner on your own (self-paid).

Saturday, September 21, 2019

7:00-9:00 a.m. Vistas breakfast (included for all conference participants, look for our group’s tables)

9:30-10:20 a.m.: DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

PDC 103: Two Short Documentary Previews and Discussions with their Creators (chair: Brenda Longfellow)

Dawn Moore (Carleton University, Law and Legal Studies), The Prisons Transparency Project

About The Prisons Transparency Project: The Prisons Transparency Project (PTP) is a SSHRC-funded three-year study that aims to systematically collect and document prisoner experiences in four Canadian research sites.

Anthony Goertz (University of Alberta, Gender and Social Justice Studies), The Line

About The Line: The Line is a filmed study of a specific workplace: the waste sorting facility at the Edmonton waste management centre. The centre’s workforce is people hired because of their barriers to employment, not in spite of them. These barriers include histories of incarceration, addiction, refugee status, disability, and other visible and invisible markers of marginalization and stigma. This workplace's policies and practises are guided by an ethics of care, and Anthony's central research questions is what are the effects of an ethics of care?

10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon: PARALLEL SESSIONS

PDC 102: Prisons Abolitionist Philosophies (Chair: Perry Zurn)

Devonya Havis (Canisius College, Philosophy), “Beyond Carceral Geographies: Blues Alchemies and Abolitionist Epistemologies”

Lisa Guenther (Queen’s University, Philosophy), “No Prisons on Stolen Land: Prison Abolition and Decolonization as Interconnected Struggles”

Kym Maclaren (Ryerson University, Philosophy), “Criminalization and the Self-Constituting Dynamics of Distrust”

PDC 103: Disability and Prisons (Chair: Danielle Peers)

Liat Ben-Moshe (University of Illinois at Chicago, Criminology, Law, and Justice), “The Expansion of Incarceration and Corrections through Carceral Ableism/Sanism”

Nirmala Erevelles (University of Alabama, Education), “‘Scenes of Subjection’: Disability at the Intersections in the Carceral State”

PDC 104: The Feminist and the Sex Offender (forthcoming with Verso Press), Author Meets Critics Session (Chair: Chloë Taylor)

A conversation between author Erica Meiners (Northeastern Illinois University, Education and Women’s and Gender Studies); Paula Cepeda Gallo (University of Alberta, Gender and Social Justice); and Laura Grant & Ada Jaarsma (Mount Royal University, Philosophy).

12:00-1:30 p.m. Vistas Lunch (included for all conference participants, look for our group’s tables)

1:30-3:00 p.m.: PARALLEL SESSIONS

PDC 102: Transition and Reentry (Chair: Diana Pearson)

Danielle Bird (University of Saskatchewan, Native Studies), “Negotiating Transitions: Criminalized Indigenous Women in Urban Communities”

Calvin Smiley (Hunter College, Sociology), “Abolition: Incarceration, Reentry, and Beyond”

Kenny Cantrill (iCON and EWMC), “Redemption iCON”

PDC 103: Research Co-Creations and Lived Experiences of Incarceration (Chair: Liat Ben-Moshe)

Brenda Longfellow (York University, Cinema and Media Arts), “The Circle: Co-Creating a Video Installation with Formerly Incarcerated Women in Vancouver”

Jennifer Kilty (University of Ottawa, Criminology), “‘I just wanted them to see me’: Intersectional Stigma and the Health Consequences of Segregating Black, HIV+ Transwomen in Prison in the US state of Georgia”

Dawn Moore (Carleton, Law and Legal Studies), “ And then they Cuffed Me’: Anti-carceral feminism as a response to the criminalization of domestic violence survivors”

PDC 104: Multispecies Carcerality (Chair: Vasile Stǎnescu)

Kelly Struthers Montford (University of British Columbia Okanagan, Sociology), “Towards a Theory of Multispecies Carcerality”

Kathryn Gillespie (Independent Seattle-based writer, feminist geographer and Critical Animal Studies scholar), “Excavating Anthropocentrism and White Supremacy at the Louisiana State Penitentiary”

Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University, Philosophy), “Seeing Beyond Cages”

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Afternoon coffee break

3:30-5:00 p.m.: PARALLEL SESSIONS

PDC 102:  Carceral Control (Chair: Lisa Guenther)

Linda Mussell (Queen’s University, Political Science), “Unpacking Intergenerational Incarceration in Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand”

Sarah Turnbull (University of Waterloo, Sociology and Legal Studies) and Dawn Moore (Carleton University, Law and Legal Studies), “Understanding Prisoner Mobilities in and through Lived Experiences of Incarceration”

Tanya Friesen (University of Alberta, Gender and Social Justice), “Legal Reform and the Social Production of Indifference”                 

PDC 103: NAACAS satellite session (Chairs: Vasile Stǎnescu and Chloë Taylor)

Tayler Zavitz (University of Victoria, Sociology), “Empathy as Terrorism: The Criminalization of Dissent” 

Hallie Abelman (New York University, Performing Arts), “Mad Cow: A Neuroqueer Restorying”

Mini business meeting

PDC 104: Race, Gender, and Risk (Chair: Isabel Scheuneman-Scott)

Debra Parkes (University of British Columbia, Law), “Starting With Life: Murder Sentencing and Feminist Abolitionist Praxis”

Lynsey Race (University of Alberta, Occupational Therapy), “Mother-Child Units in Prison: Disciplining the Unworthy Mother”

Vanessa Iafolla (St. Mary’s University, Criminology), “The Social Construction of Mass Casualty Events: An Abolitionist Critique”

5:15-8:00 p.m. Close of Conference Refreshments and Five-Plated Dinner at Kinnear Centre 205, overlooking the Borgeau mountain range (included for all conference participants)