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States of Captivity: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Incarceration, Rendition, and Detention

Friday 27th and Saturday 28th, February 2009

The Duke University Cultural Anthropology Department and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Anthropology have collaborated in planning this conference, which invites participants to reflect on the overlaps among the prison, military, and immigration industries in North Carolina and elsewhere. It is becoming harder to ignore the social crises caused by logics and practices of containment.  Incarceration rates in the U.S. have grown since the 1980s, while prisons have become increasingly industrialized and central to economies at every scale. The intensification and militarization of border security is accompanied by a proliferation of government, contracted, and vigilante police forces that seek to capture, detain, and deport undocumented people.  Finally, the outsourcing of detention centers to far-flung corners of the globe and the uncharted itineraries of “ghost planes” that carry out extraordinary rendition have made raising awareness of detainee abuse and torture exceedingly difficult. This conference seeks engagement with perspectives from scholarship and praxis, in order to contest and connect practices of incarceration, rendition, and detention today.

The 2009 Duke-UNC Graduate Conference Planning Committee


3 Responses to “Home”

  1. Christina W. O'Bryan Says:

    What are the dates of your conference?

  2. Natália Corazza Padovani Says:

    My name is Natália, I am mastering in sociology by UNICAMP – Campinas/ São Paulo, Brazil. I study one prision of women localized in São Paulo.
    I’d like to know if a paper (or an article with 20 pages) its necessary to the submission or just the abstract with 250 words is suficient.

    Thank you, Natália Corazza Padovani


  3. Dear conference conveners —

    I am very heartened by what you are doing. And I know that those who will attend will be appreciative of your hard work, too.

    I teach a course in Black Incarceration, and I am going to encourage my students to participate in your event.

    All best,
    Pam Brooks

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