CFP: [American] Incarceration Nation: Voices from the Early American Gaol

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Richard Bell
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The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Library Company of Philadelphia, in
cooperation with the Department of History of the University of Maryland, College Park and the
Department of English of the College of New Jersey, will convene a conference in Philadelphia,
April 3-4 2009, on the experience of the incarcerated in jails and prisons in early America.

While scholars have paid lavish attention to the political and ideological underpinnings of the
development of prison infrastructures and supervision programs, the experience of those
incarcerated in jails and prisons has so far escaped sustained examination. On the occasion of
the 180th anniversary of the opening of Eastern State Penitentiary, this conference will explore
issues of incarceration in early America from the perspective of inmates, visitors, and workers on
the inside of early jails and prisons. Subjects of particular interest include:

ʉۢ ritual and spectacle
• fictive incarceration experiences
• images of incarceration
• material culture
• psychological dimensions of captivity
• hygiene and sanitation
• mimetic corruption
• infrapolitics of confinement
• sexuality and violence
• the experiential dialectic between the body and the state
Please send 250 word abstracts and a brief c.v. to the McNeil Center (
no later than Friday January 18 2008. Priority will be given to proposals advancing innovative
thinking based on unpublished research. Any questions should be directed to the conference
organizers Michele Lise Tarter ( and Richard Bell (

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