Due date for contribution proposals: Thursday 15 February 2018
15-18 June 2018, London (UK)
Angela Davis posed the question “Are prisons obsolete?”
We say “YES!”
We invite communities and organisers to join an international gathering of people who are working to build a world without prisons. Over four days we will come together to strategise and debate, exchange ideas and build stronger relationships in our shared struggles.
We welcome proposals for:
- Workshops: skill-shares, strategy sessions, teach-ins, trainings, question-and-answer sessions, structured debates, activities for young people and children
- Presentations: talks, panels, roundtable discussions, reflections on organising successes and challenges, academic papers
- Art: music, poetry, dance, story-telling, film screenings, visual arts and info-graphic displays
We seek contributions that address the harms done by policing, prisons, immigration detention, surveillance and other forms of punishment.
We especially welcome sessions that focus on solutions and alternatives, including strategies for housing, health and well-being, economic and racial justice, community accountability, gender safety, youth empowerment, education, land rights and environment.
We encourage proposals that make connections between the harms of criminal justice and larger systems of oppression, such as racism, poverty, colonialism, gender and sexual injustice and disability-related discrimination.
We particularly welcome contributions from current and former prisoners, detainees and their families.
The conference will open with a public forum featuring local and international speakers on the Friday evening. Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to workshops, presentations, film screenings, artwork and other contributions. Monday will host a symposium for academic papers focussed on how academics can support movement building (e.g. fostering activist research agendas, reflections on scholar-activism, translating research into action, etc).
We invite contributions that relate to one of the four main themes below:
This theme is about questioning the assumption that prisons, police and surveillance can make us safe. It is about understanding the harm that criminal justice systems do to people, families and communities. It will ask how and why criminal justice institutions were put in place and whether society could exist without them.
This theme focuses on how criminal justice systems can be resisted by people both within and outside. It will consider how we have resisted throughout history, how people affected by criminal justice are resisting now and how we can build resistance for the future.
This theme explores how we can dismantle criminal justice institutions and change the ideas, attitudes and systems in society that reinforce punishment and imprisonment. It will look at what strategies we can use to move towards abolition and to improve the lives of people affected.
This theme is about building effective alternatives to prisons, policing and punishment — now and for the future. It will explore what societies could look like without prisons and other criminal justice institutions. It will look at how we can build safe, healthy and flourishing communities for everyone.
Instructions for Contributors:
Please send proposals for contributions by 15 February 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include:
- Your name and email contact
- A title for your session or contribution
- Description of what your contribution will cover (200 words max)
- Type of session (i.e. workshop, presentation, art or academic paper, etc.)
- How much time you will need? For example, a 20 minute speaking slot; or a 1-hour, 1.5-hour or 2-hour workshop; or space for a display
- Which of the four themes your contribution most closely fits within
Proposals from prisoners, detainees and those without email access can be sent by post to: ICOPA 2018 c/o CCJS, 2 Langley Lane, Vauxhall, London SW8 1GB
Download the call for contributions (pdf).