Call for Papers on the Histories and Philosophies of Carceral Education

deadline for submissions: 
April 21, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Marcus Harmes/University of Southern Queensland
contact email: 

Call for Papers on the Histories and Philosophies of Carceral Education

The rates of incarceration worldwide continue to rise, prompting important questions about the legal and social circumstances moving so many people behind bars, and also about what happens to people during a period of imprisonment. Education in prison and of prisoners has a long history, marked by key moments in transformation as education in prison has shifted from some emphasis on religion, sin and redemption to economic rationalism.

This call for papers emerges from academics whose work in delivering education programs to incarcerated people has been long-standing and has included landmark developments, including the wholly radical introduction of digital technology into prisons for educational purposes. While much educational activity has taken place, more remains to be achieved in documenting and interpreting in scholarly writing what happens when incarceration and education intersect. It would be hoped that contributions would be lively and original interpretations of the intentions behind, history of, and philosophies underpinning carceral education.

This proposed edited collection is therefore based around the history and philosophy of prison education. Owing to the dearth of literature in this area, contributions focused on Australasia are especially welcome, but so too are contributions from a wider sphere. Proposals can address different types of education, from the delivery of actual academic content in prison to programs that address rehabilitation and programs for areas such as sex offences. Contributions from academics and from practitioners directly engaged in prison education are equally welcome.

Abstracts of 250-300 words are welcome by April 21st (email to Marcus.harmes@usq.edu.au) explaining the aim, focus and methods of the proposed chapter.

We would then be aiming for chapters of 6000 words.

We are in preliminary talks with a UK-based publisher.