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Resisting the Eclipse
An International Symposium on Prison Ethnography

ICCCR Annual conference 2012

18-19 September 2012
The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Keynote speakers

Yvonne Jewkes

Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester

Yvonne Jewkes is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Among her recent publications are 'Autoethnography and emotion as intellectual resources: doing prison research differently' in Qualitative Inquiry (2012) Vol. 18 (1): 63-75. Since publishing Captive Audience: Media, Masculinity and Power in Prisons (Willan/Routledge, 2002), Yvonne has written many books, chapters and articles on prisons and imprisonment including Prisons and Punishment (Sage, 2008), Handbook on Prisons (Willan, 2007), and, with Helen Johnston, Prison Readings: A Critical Introduction to Prisons and Imprisonment (Willan, 2006). Her current research mostly focuses on penal architecture, design and technology. Works include 'Penal Aesthetics and the Art of Prison Architecture', in Cheliotis, L. The Arts of Imprisonment: Essays on Control, Resistance and Empowerment (2012, Ashgate); 'Penal Aesthetics and the Pains of Imprisonment' in N. Temple, R. Tobe and J. Simon, (eds.) Architecture and Justice (Ashgate, 2012) and, with Philip Hancock, 'Penal aesthetics and the pains of imprisonment', Punishment & Society (2011) 13(5): 611-629. Yvonne is on the Editorial Board of Prison Service Journal and is Series Editor, with Ben Crewe and Thomas Ugelvik, of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology.

Lorna Rhodes

Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington

Lorna A. Rhodes is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, where she teaches medical anthropology, the anthropology of institutions, and ethnographic research methods. She is the author of Emptying Beds: The Work of an Emergency Psychiatric Unit (University of California Press, 1991) and Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum Security Prison (University of California Press, 2004). She has also published a number of articles about supermax prisons, including 'Changing the Subject: Conversation in Supermax' (Cultural Anthropology, 2005); 'Supermax as a Technology of Punishment' (Social Research, 2007); and 'Supermax and the Trajectory of Exception' (New Perspectives on Crime and Criminal Justice: Studies in Law, Politics, and Society ed. Austin Sarat, 2009). In 2008 she conducted a month of ethnographic research at HMP Grendon, where she was particularly interested in how the social emphasis of the therapeutic community contrasts with the isolation imposed by supermax confinement. Recent articles include Risking Therapy The Howard Journal, 2010, 49 (5): 451-462 and 'This Can't be Real': Continuity at Grendon Prison, in Grendon and the Emergence of Forensic Therapeutic Communities: Developments in Research and Practice (Eds: Sullivan & Shuker; Wiley Publishers, 2010). Rhodes was medical anthropology editor of Social Science and Medicine from 1989 to 1993 and currently serves on several editorial boards, including Medical Anthropology and the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

Session speakers

Rod Earle

Lecturer in Youth Justice, The Open University

Rod Earle worked throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s as a youth justice worker in the London Borough of Lambeth. In 2000 he switched direction after developing a taste for criminology at Middlesex University Centre for Criminology. He has conducted research on reforms to the youth justice system, police interview procedures and, most recently, men's identities and social relations in prison. He is currently Academic lead for Youth Justice in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the Open University. Rod recently helped to establish a Convict Criminology group that is supporting students and academics with first-hand experience of prison and other forms of criminal justice to develop criminological perspectives. His recent publications include: 'Prison and University: A Tale of Two Institutions?' in: British Society of Criminology, Conference Proceedings 2011; 'Digesting Men? Ethnicity, gender and food: perspectives from a 'prison ethnography' ', Theoretical Criminology 16(2) 140-155; and 'Who's the daddy? Ideas about fathers in a young men's prison' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 2012, 51(4) 387-399.

Coretta Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, London School of Economics

Coretta Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published extensively in the area of ethnicity, race, crime and criminal justice, including Racism, Crime and Justice (with Ben Bowling; Longman, 2002). She is currently working on a book, The Multicultural Prison: Ethnicity, Masculinity and Social Relations among Prisoners (due to be published by Oxford University Press in October/November 2012).

Abigail Rowe

Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University

Abigail Rowe is Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University. She has worked on research projects on social exclusion, maximum-security men's imprisonment and conducted ethnographic research in women's prisons in England. She has published on various aspects of imprisonment, including private prisons and women's imprisonment, including 'Sexuality, Criminality and the Women's Prison: Pat Arrowsmith's "Somewhere like This"' Prison Service Journal, 2012, vol.199, January, pp. 32-34; 'Narratives of self and identity in women's prisons: stigma and the struggle for self-definition in penal regimes', 2011, Punishment and Society, 13(5): 571-591; 'Women Prisoners' in Crewe, B. and J. Bennett (eds.) The Prisoner (Routledge, 2012); and Mehigan, J. and Rowe, A. (2007) 'Problematizing prison privatization: an overview of the debate', in Y. Jewkes and J. Bennett (eds.) Handbook on Prisons (Willan, 2007).

Martyn Hammersley

Professor in Educational and Social Research, The Open University

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: (with Paul Atkinson) Ethnography: Principles in Practice (Third edition, Routledge, 2007); Reading Ethnographic Research (Longman, 1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (Routledge, 1992); The Politics of Social Research (Sage, 1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paul Chapman, 2002), Media Bias in Reporting Social Research? The case of reviewing ethnic inequalities in education (Routledge, 2006); Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (Sage, 2008), and Methodology, Who Needs It? (Sage, 2011).

Ben Crewe

Deputy Director of Prisons Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Ben Crewe is deputy director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, is Penology director, and is an International Associate Board member of Punishment and Society, and is an editorial board member of the Prison Service Journal. He has published widely on the adult male prison estate and notions of power, including his well known book The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Laura Piacentini

Reader in Criminology, University of Strathclyde

Laura Piacentini is Reader in Criminology at the University of Strathclyde, and is perhaps best known for her work on Russian prisons and has published extensively on the subject, particularly notably in her book: Piacentini, L. (Willan, 2004) Surviving Russian Prisons: Punishment, politics and economy in transition, winner of the British Society of Criminology Book of the Year in 2005.

Alison Liebling

Professor of Criminology, Director of Prisons Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Alison Liebling, Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, is well known for her comprehensive research within prisons. She has published extensively, with particular focus on matters including suicide and self harm, prison staff and their relationships with prisoners, and the quality of prison life, and has undertaken many evaluations of initiatives and regimes operating within prisons. Professor Liebling is co-editor of Punishment and Society, and a co-editor of the Oxford University Press Clarendon Series. Her wide-ranging publications include well known works such as Liebling, A.; assisted by Arnold, H. (2004, Oxford University Press) Prisons and their Moral Performance: A Study of Values, Quality and Prison Life; Liebling, A. and Maruna, S. (eds) (2005, Willan) The Effects of Imprisonment; Liebling, A., Price, D. and Shefer, G. (2011, Willan) The Prison Officer; and Liebling, A. (1992, Routledge) Suicides in Prison.

Deborah Drake

Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University

Deborah Drake is Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University. She has worked on a number of mixed-methods research projects in high-security and local prisons for adult males, young offender's institutions, secure training centres for children and in the community with ex-prisoners and resettlement practitioners. She has also worked within community-university partnerships, having conducted qualitative research in Canada for the SSHRC-funded Community-University Research Alliance: Bridges and Foundations Project, which sought to establish and sustain culturally inclusive partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations, working to improve quality of life. She has just completed a project with Community Action Milton Keynes which aimed to contribute to knowledge on the capacities and sustainability of the 'Community Mobilisers' - a service which employs innovative methods to community development work. Deborah is co-editor (with John Muncie & Louise Westmarland) of Criminal Justice: Global and Local (Willan/Routledge, 2010) in which she is also an author. Her recently published book, Prisons, Punishment and the Pursuit of Security (Palgrave, 2012), is based on qualitative research she conducted from 2005-2008 in maximum-security prisons in England.

Jennifer Sloan

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of Sheffield

Jennifer Sloan is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield in the School of Law. She has recently completed her doctorate on 'Masculinity and the Adult Male Prison Experience' and has had work published regarding cleanliness in prisons - ''You Can See Your Face in My Floor': Examining the Function of Cleanliness in an Adult Male Prison' The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 2012, Vol. 51(4), 400-410; and 'Cleanliness, Spaces and Masculine Identity in an Adult Male Prison' Prison Service Journal, 2012, No. 201, 3-6.

Sacha Darke

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Westminster

Sacha Darke is Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Social and Historical Studies, University of Westminster. His doctoral research focused on the use of civility orders in crime prevention. He is currently researching on crime and justice in Brazil, and is a founding member of the Global Prisons Research Network. He is also on the steering committee of British Convict Criminology. In September 2010 and July 2012 he completed ethnographic studies of prisoner collaboration and self-governance in prisons in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

Tomas Max Martin

PhD Fellow, Danish Centre for Human Rights, Co-founder of Global Prisons Network

Tomas Max Martin, is an anthropologist and PhD fellow at Roskilde University and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. He is currently concluding a research project on human rights reform in Ugandan prisons. He has worked extensively as project manager in human rights implementation programmes in Africa and Asia and specializes in prison ethnography, justice sector reform and policy transfer in the Global South. Publications include "Taking the Snake out of the Basket - subordinate staff and human rights reform of in Indian prison" in Andrew Jefferson and Steffen Jensen (eds) State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South (Routledge, 2009).

Chris Garces

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

Chris Garces teaches in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. His ethnographic interests range from the study of politics and religion - or contemporary political theologies - to the unchecked global development of penal state politics, and the history of Catholic humanitarian interventions in Latin America. Publications include "Mauss Redux: from warfare's human toll to l'homme total" (with Alex Jones) Anthropological Quarterly, 2009, 82(1); and "The Ethical Turn… to Saintliness? an ethnographic provocation" Anthropology and Humanism, 2007, 32(2).

Andrew Jefferson

Senior Researcher, Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, Denmark

Andrew M. Jefferson is Senior Researcher at the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims, and specializes in the study of places of detention and criminal justice reform processes in the global south. Utilising an expansive, trans-disciplinary approach, Dr Jefferson uses ethnographic observations to challenge common sense assumptions informing reform practices. Dr Jefferson is co-founder of the Scandinavian Studies of Confinement Research Network and the Global Prisons Research Network, and co-editor of State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South. Publications include "(Re)Searching for persons in practice: Field-based methods for critical psychological practice research" with Lotte Huniche in Qualitative Research in Psychology 1-2, 2009; "The political economy of right: exporting penal norms to Africa" Criminal Justice Matters, Politics, Economy and Crime, Nr 70; "Prison Officer Training and Practice in Nigeria: contention, contradiction and re-imagining reform strategies", Punishment and Society: the international journal of penology, 2006, 9 (3); and "Introduction" and "On hangings and the dubious embodiment of statehood in Nigerian prisons" in State Violence and Human Rights: State Officials in the South, edited with Steffen Jensen (Routledge, 2009).

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay

Assistant Professor, University of Delhi

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay teaches Sociology at Miranda House, University of Delhi. Her research interests are in the areas of prison studies, organizational sociology, gender and masculinities, urban sociology and visual anthropology. Her doctoral work has been published as Everyday Life in a Prison: Confinement, Surveillance, Resistance (Orient Blackswan, 2010).

Thomas Ugelvik

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo

Thomas Ugelvik is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is currently working on ethnography of state power with a particular focus on foreign prisoners and the relationship between the prison and the immigration detention system. He has published articles on different aspects of everyday life in prison, such as food-related resistance in prison, imprisonment as masculinity challenge and the "othering" of fellow prisoners as ethical self-work. He is co-editor (with Jane Dullum) of Penal exceptionalism? Nordic Prison Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2011).

Gilles Chantraine

Researcher, Centre National de la Recherch? Scientifique (CNRS)

Gilles Chantraine is a sociologist doing research with the CNRS - CLERS?. His publications include Par-del? les murs, exp?riences et trajectoires individuelles en maison d'arr?t (Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 2004), a book which received the Le Monde award for academic research and the Gabriel Tarde special award of the French Criminological Association. From 2005 to 2011, he was editorial director of the bilingual international journal Champ penal/Penal Field.

Gilles' work focuses on the contemporary transformation of prisons (France), a subject that lies at the junction between the sociology of total institutions, the sociology of individual prison experiences and the sociology of professions. Contrary to a certain type of reassuring, purely utilitarian criminology that focuses on the criminal and their 'personality', flaws, 'pathologies', 'dangerousness' and chances of 'redemption', he instead analyses the social, structural and longitudinal processes that link the lives of individuals to the penal system and prison.

Gilles conducts theoretical and/or transversal examinations of the current state of research in prisons, on the history of prison's social functions, on the use of law in prison, on suicide prevention practices in prison; and on the sociology of risk in the penal and penitentiary fields. Currently, he is interested in prison reforms in Argentina and Algeria. Selected English publications include:

B?rard J., Chantraine G., 2012 (forthcoming), Prison Politics. The French Penal System and the Punitive Turn. Red Quill Books Edition, Canada.

Chantraine G., 2010, "French Prisons of Yesteryear and Today: Two Conflicting Modernities. A socio-Historical View", Punishment & Society, Sage Publications, 12-1, pp. 27-46.

Chantraine G., 2009, "The Post-Disciplinary Prison", in Harcourt B. (Ed), Discipline, Security and Beyond. Rethinking Michel Foucault 1978 & 1979 College de France Lectures, Chicago, Carceral Notebooks n?4, pp. 55-76.

Chantraine G., 2009, "Juveniles in Detention: Narratives from Prison and Imprisoned Narratives" Penal Issues, XXII.2., http://www.cesdip.fr/spip.php?article437

Last updated: 17 February 2015

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