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Reading and Writing in Prison 4-5 June 2010
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Edinburgh Napier University
Reading and Writing in Prison
An interdisciplinary conference
This conference aims to bring together scholars, writers and practitioners to share their perspectives on the significance of reading and writing in prisons.
Writing about imprisonment raises key issues that go beyond an immediate concern with incarceration and its institutions, involving notions of subjectivity, citizenship and nationhood. Scholars and practitioners alike have long been arguing that opportunities for reading and writing in prisons can become a dignifying tool for prisoners to re-evaluate and reconstruct their lives, with positive impact on recidivism rates. The conference will act as a platform for exchange about existing scholarship and practice in the area, with the long-term goal of facilitating future research networks, publications and practical projects.
This event explicitly seeks conversations across the disciplines and between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’. Contributors are invited to address reading, writing and imprisonment in any geographical location, in both historical and contemporary contexts.
Some of the questions this conference wishes to address are: what defines the genre of prison literature or prison autobiography and how has it changed historically? How do institutional contexts and penal policies impact on reading and writing in prison? What effect do creative practice, prison education and reading groups have on groups of offenders and, conversely, society at large? What is the role of researchers and universities in contributing to debates around narratives of imprisonment, reading and writing in prison?
Possible topics include:
• Prison literature and prison (auto)biography as a genre
Invited speakers who have agreed to participate (subject to funding) include:
Contributors should submit an abstract of their proposed paper (250 words) and a brief biographical statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 March 2010.
For further information, please contact the organiser: