Conference Program

States of Captivity Conference Program

Friday, February 27th

6:00-7:00 pm:  Film Screening of Up the Ridge
Richard White Lecture Hall, Auditorium (Room 107)
Duke University, East Campus

7:00-7:30 pm:  Panel Discussion with Filmmakers
Amelia Kirby and Nick Szuberla, Holler to the Hood

7:30-8:30 pm:  SpiritHouse Justice Jam

Saturday, February 28th

8:00 am:  Registration
Ernestine Friedl Building, Foyer

8:15-8:45 am: Breakfast
Ernestine Friedl Building, Foyer

9:00-10:30 am: NC Activist Panel
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 107

Darryl Hunt, The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice
Christina Cowger, North Carolina Stop Torture Now
Rebecca Headen, ACLU of North Carolina’s Racial Justice Project
Dr. Orin Starn, Chair, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

10:30-10:40 am:  Break
10:40-11:55 am:  Round of Paper Panels I

Panel 1: International Prison Regimes
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 240

Nátalia Corazzo Padovani (Sociology M.A. Student, UNICAMP-Brazil)
Domestic Issues and International Trafficking: Thirty Years in the
History of a Brazilian Women’s Prison”
Stephanie Campos (Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate, City University of New York)
“Gender and the Global Drug Trade: The Case of Incarcerated Women in Lima, Peru”
Adrian Myers (Anthropology Ph.D. Student, Stanford University)
“Excavating Detention: Ongoing Archaeological Research on 20th Century Internment Camps in Canada”
Leigh Campoamor (Cultural Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University)

Panel 2: Segregation, Identity, and Control
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 204

Alejandro García (History Ph.D. Student, University of California, Berkeley)
“The Exception to the Rule: California Prisoner Racial Segregation During the Civil Rights Era”
Kolleen Duley (Women’s Studies Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles)
“The Gender Responsive Prison: Benevolent Incarceration, Right Wing Feminism, and Possibilities for Abolition”
Emily Hilyer Gaskin (Anthropology Ph.D. Student, Georgia State University)
“A Prison within a Prison: Segregation of HIV Positive Inmates and Double Stigma”
Alvaro Jarrín (Cultural Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University)

11:55-12:05 pm:  Break
12:05-1:20 pm:  Round of Paper Panels II

Panel 3: Enemy Populations and National Security
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 126

Darryl Li (Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University & J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School)
“A Universal Enemy?: The ‘Foreign Fighter’ as ‘Muslim out of Place’”
Nicole Torres (Sociocultural Anthropology Ph.D. Student, University of Washington)
“’State of Fear’: Terror, Mexican Migrants, and the War on Immigration”
Kristina Shull (History Ph.D. Student, University of California, Irvine)
“’Nobody Wants These People’: Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Detention of Mariel Cuban Refugees at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas”
Solomon Burnette (B.A. Student, North Carolina Central University)

Panel 4: Carceral State and Society
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 240

Rosemary Russo (Sociology Ph.D. Student, University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill) & Megan Parry (Women’s Center, Duke University)
“A Comparative Analysis of Innovative Reentry Programs in the United States”
Adam Spanos (Anthropology M.A. Student, Columbia University)
“What is a Prison in America Today?”
Clint Watts (Liberal Studies M.A. Student, Dartmouth College) “Potency and
Perpetuity: Mass Imprisonment and What Sovereignty Means”
Laurel Bradley (Anthropology Ph.D. Student, University of North Carolina)

Panel 5: Prisons and Intellectual Production
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 204

Anoop Mirpuri (English Ph.D. Candidate, University of Washington, Seattle & Research Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute, University of Virginia)
“Black Captivity, Racial Capitalism, and the Radical Prison Movement’s Unreconciled Legacy”
Patrick Elliot Alexander (English Ph.D. Student, Duke University)
“’To Live and Remain Outside of the Barbwire and the Fence’: African American Literature & Learning Experiences in U.S. Prisons”
Rachel Richardson (Folklore M.A. Graduate, University of North Carolina)
“Within these Walls: A Study of Genre and the Poetry of Prison”

Taylor Livingston (Anthropology Ph.D. Student University of North Carolina)

1:20-2:45pm:  Lunch & Info-Fair
Ernestine Friedl Building, Foyer and Atrium

2:45-4:00pm:  Round of Workshops I

Workshop 1: Detention and the Business of Immigration
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 102
The detention, containment, and deportation of undocumented people and their families require an incredible amount of infrastructure, capital, and institutional coordination. Additionally, in the eyes of law enforcement, politicians, and the popular media, designations of criminality and illegality have become all but indistinguishable.  Here, in North Carolina, the merging of local police forces and Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the 287(g) program has meant that undocumented people in the Triangle are doubly policed, and the profits that derive from the steep fines levied against undocumented people (often for small violations) are being used to build a new immigrant detention facility in Alamance County.  In this workshop, the presenters will speak on a range of issues from North Carolina’s 287(g) program, to the de facto merging of the “War on Terror” and immigration control at the U.S.-Mexico Border, to the Detention Watch Network that is mobilizing local social justice agencies in a national movement to confront the U.S. detention and deportation system.

Dr. Sandy Smith-Nonini (Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina)
Ian Smith-Overman (B.A. Student, University of North Carolina)
Nicole Torres (Ph.D. student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington)
Kristina Shull (Ph.D. student in History, University of California, Irvine)
Lorien Olive (Ph.D. student in Cultural Anthropology, Duke University)

Workshop 2: Prisons and Jails as De Facto Public Health Outposts
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 118
The purpose of this panel discussion is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion and engaged scholarship among researchers and physicians in the fields of Public Health, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, Medicine, and Bioethics on issues of HIV infection, mental illness, and other disproportionate disease burden among incarcerated populations.  Incarcerated populations bear a greater HIV/AIDS disease burden compared to the general U.S. population. Moreover, individuals with mental illness are disproportionately represented among inmates in U.S. jails and prisons. Persons with mental illness are at an increased risk of HIV infection, representing an intersection of two groups with unmet health care needs who are more likely to navigate correctional health care systems. In general, African American and Latino populations in the U.S. are acquiring HIV at rates far greater than whites and are diagnosed at more advanced stages of the disease; they are also incarcerated at higher rates than their white counterparts. U.S. jails and prisons may be considered de facto public health outposts, where HIV infection and mental illness may be first diagnosed among individuals with little or no access to health care prior to incarceration who often return to similar circumstances upon release.

Rachel Caspar (M.A., RTI International)
Gary Cuddeback (Ph.D., MPH, MSW, University of North Carolina)
Cathie Fogel (Ph.D, R.N.C. (W.H.C.N.P.), F.A.A.N., University of North Carolina)
Christine Record (M.S.W., University of North Carolina)
Becky White (M.D., M.P.H., University of North Carolina)
Andrea Heckert (University of North Carolina

4:00-4:15pm:  Break

4:15-5:30pm:  Round of Workshops II

Workshop 3: Procedural Justice and the Global War on Terror
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 102
What are the political, legal, and moral consequences of either denying or providing a clear means to adjudicate cases of terrorism under a new administration?  This workshop will address the conundrums created by the transnational dimensions of the subjects and crimes in question—as well as the environment of secrecy and exceptionalism built up around issues of terrorism and national security. Darryl Li will discuss his work in the National Litigation Project, a free legal services clinic that specializes in post-9/11 civil liberties issues at Yale Law School since.  He was part of the team representing Ahmed Zuhair, a Saudi detainee held without charge at Guantanamo since 2002, who is the longest-running hunger striker at the facility.  He also worked with the ACLU on the lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan, a company that provides logistical flight support for the CIA’s ‘extraordinary rendition’ program.  Participants will use his work as a starting point to discuss the on-going debate on (whether) and what kind of legal processes should apply to “enemy combatants” in the U.S.’s “War on Terror.” This conversation will also consider the complications (and possibilities) that may stem from the imminent closureof the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Darryl Li (Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard
University & J.D. Candidate, Yale Law School)

**Additional Presenters To Be Announced**

Workshop 4: Literacy and Intellectual Culture in U.S. Prisons
Ernestine Friedl Building, Classroom 118
From the letters of George Jackson to hip hop-inspired artwork, U.S. prisons have been enormously generative sites of intellectual and cultural production. Over the past forty years, the conditions of incarceration have led inmates to make critical interventions in legal reform, educational policy, and social justice activism. More recently, literacy has been touted as a key component of inmates’ reintegration into society. Yet according to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey, increasing literacy rates have been offset by longer prison terms and a growing population of repeat offenders.  This workshop will consider the intellectual culture of U.S. prisons in historical context, addressing the role literacy plays in theorizing political movements, practicing social advancement, and crafting modes of spiritual and psychic healing. Participants will also consider the methodological difficulties of cultivating intellectual culture in U.S. prisons today.
Dr. Dylan Rodríguez (Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies UC Riverside)
Patrick Elliot Alexander (English Ph.D. Student, Duke University)
Solomon Burnette (B.A. Student, North Carolina Central University)
Kadji Amin (Romance Studies Ph.D. Student, Duke University)
Kinohi Nishikawa (Literature Ph.D. Student, Duke University)

6:00-7:30 pm:  Keynote Address

Richard White Hall, Auditorium (Room 107)
Duke University East Campus


Dr. Charles Price (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of North Carolina)

Dr. Dylan Rodríguez (Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside)
“From Slavery’s ‘Abolition’ to ‘Genocide Management’: The U.S. Prison Regime and the Context for Radical Activism and Scholarship”

7:30-8:30 pm: Reception & Dinner
East Duke Building, Women’s Studies Parlors
Duke University East Campus

9:00-Whenever:    Conference After-Party
Sirens Lounge
1803 West Markham Ave.
On the Corner of Duke’s East Campus
$5.00 Cover Charge at the Door


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