Category Archives: 2015

CfP: Examining troubling institutions and geographies at the nexus of care and control

Call for Papers: Examining troubling institutions and geographies at the nexus of care and control

Convenors: Tom Disney (University of Birmingham) and Anna Schliehe (University of Glasgow)

Institutional spaces of care and control can be found in various settings, ranging from psychiatric establishments, centres of migrant detention, prisons, orphanages, but also encompassing environments such as schools or military academies. Building upon previous work into the geography of institutions and geography in institutions (Parr and Philo 2000: 514), we want to explore the complicated and sometimes opaque relationship between care and control. This CFP responds to recent calls in carceral geography (Moran and Turner, AAG 2016) and aims to explore the potential diversity of research in this area. The session intends to collect different perspectives on empirical and theoretical engagements with everyday life in institutional spaces, to examine the troubling relationship between care and control; where one is at risk of being transformed into the other (see Disney 2015, Schliehe 2014). Does care inevitably cede into control? To what degree does this trouble us? Do we wish to trouble our conceptualisation of care and control – shake the ideas from the Foucault’s and the Goffman’s back to life in these ever changing institutional landscapes or find new lenses to unpick these spaces? We are interested in wide ranging perspectives from different sub-fields to discuss this relationship, such as carceral geography, mental health geography, children’s geographies and architectural geography. We also welcome contributions from other disciplinary backgrounds such as criminology or arts-based research to explore innovative methodological approaches and interdisciplinary engagement with the nexus of care and control.

Papers are invited which explore:

  • Institutional spaces where care and control are seen to intersect or collide
  • Methodological approaches, ethics and researcher positionality
  • Conceptual frameworks around institutional geographies
  • Spatiality of places of care and control including tactics, agency and resistance
  • Vulnerable and marginalised groups within institutional spaces of care and control, in particular in relation to age and gender
  • Embodied experiences and corporeal practices
  • Aspects of design and spatial practice
  • Beyond the ‘traditional’ carceral environment – the boarding school, military environments, hospices, care homes

Deadline for submitting abstracts is Wednesday 10th February 2016

Please send abstracts up to a maximum of 250 words and proposed titles (clearly stating name, institution, and contact details) to Tom Disney ( and Anna Schliehe (

Dates: 30 August – 2 September 2016: Location: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Imperial College London

Further details about the conference at:


Distant Voices Festival

The first Distant Voices Festival will take place from November 5th to 9th at the CCA in Glasgow, exploring crime and punishment through music, writing and film.

Over the past 18 months, the project – a collaboration between SCCJR and Vox Liminis (a charity that aims to bring creative practice to criminal justice and its reform) – has brought together artists, criminologists, musicians, ex-prisoners and others in a creative exploration of attitudes to punishment and reintegration.

The Festival offers members of the public the chance to hear these resulting songs performed live, hear a discussion on crime and punishment with some of the country’s top crime writers, and watch a film about how people move on from crime. Ten individuals will also have the opportunity to take part in a facilitated songwriting process with Louis Abbot (Admiral Fallow) and Kim Edgar.

Full programme details, along with a video trailer, can be found at

Violence Against Women and Girls: A Workshop on the Geographies that Wound

(Original post: CRIT-GEOG-FORUM)


The Wellcome Collection, London

Monday 14th September 2015 (0830-1730)

The publication of the article ‘The Geographies that Wound’ (Chris Philo, 2005) brought attention to the interlaced geographies that create vulnerabilities for certain bodies, in certain places, over others. Ten years on, the workshop will revisit the theme of wounds and wounding with a specific focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG) – a human rights abuse often described as one of the starkest collective failures of the international community in the 21st century. While in geography the wounded body has been examined in relation to the geopolitics of conflict, asylum and garment-work (as notable but not exhaustive examples), the workshop looks to extend and deepen scholarship on precarious corporealities to lived experiences of VAWG. It also aims to counterbalance the onus in geography on war-related violence to generate greater awareness of the everyday spaces of VAWG within, but also critically beyond, (inter-) national landscapes of conflict and militarism. Bringing together geographers and inter-disciplinary speakers, the workshop aims to explore the characteristics and dynamics of the entangled spaces and scales that render women’s and girls’ bodies the place of physical and psychological harm. It will also consider the ‘treatment’ and healing of wounds through different means, a range of spaces and temporalities, and with varying outcomes.

The workshop includes keynote talks by Professor Chris Philo (University of Glasgow) and Professor Rachel Pain (Durham University).

It marks the end of a 2012-2015 study on domestic violence and legal reform led by Katherine Brickell and joint funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID).

If you would like to attend, listen to the presentations and participate in discussions please sign up through Eventbrite by 31 July at 5pm (there are 30 places available, all of which are free):

All good wishes,

Katherine (workshop organiser)
Dr Katherine Brickell
Reader in Human Geography
Department of Geography
Royal Holloway, University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX

Twitter: @k_brickell
Tel: 01784-443563
Fax: 01784-472836