CFP: Prisons, Peace, and Social Justice

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Jason L Mallory, Brooklyn College


"During the civil rights movement and the peace movement against the Vietnam War, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that the bombs we drop overseas explode in our own cities. There was hope at the demise of the Cold War that the Military Industrial Complex would be dismantled. Instead, it has expanded to many more fronts—including the domestic front, where it is paralleled by the 'Prison Industrial Complex'.... The domestic 'war on crime' calls for a domestic peace agenda" (Magnani and Wray, Beyond Prisons 2006, 4-5).

"The peace movement provides us with an analysis of events and alternative solutions to foreign policy problems. A similar nonmilitary interpretation of crime and justice issues is needed. Solutions free from the violence of caging or death are required. It is essential that [prison] abolitionists join together to begin to build that kind of movement capability. In the eyes of some, we are already bound together. They have dismissed us as 'dreamers, crackpots and sentimentalists'" (Critical Resistance, Instead of Prisons 2005 [1976], 18-19).

"The prison is like a rather disciplined barracks…." (Foucault, Discipline and Punish 1977, 233).

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (Routledge) is dedicating a special issue, "Prisons, Peace, and Social Justice," to exploring the intersection of Peace Studies and Prison Studies, two burgeoning interdisciplinary fields that promise to challenge basic assumptions about the modern world and offer radical analysis and possible solutions. Papers are welcome on any aspect of this issue's theme, broadly conceived. Submissions that address global issues and perspectives are especially encouraged. Topics may include but are not limited to:

● restorative justice ● transformative justice ● militarism and the carceral society ● theorizing the domestic and foreign "enemy" ● critiquing deterrence based arguments for war and prison ● books not bombs, education not incarceration: a penal/war economy, public education, and democracy ● peacemaking as a viable alternative to aggression and banishment ● rethinking occupation and criminality ● war at the borders: immigrant detention and the right to free movement ● forgiveness and the death penalty ● invisible legacies: psychological trauma from war and incarceration ● LGBT oppression and state violence ● capitalist globalization and the normalization of cages and weaponry ● philosophical arguments about human nature in Peace Studies and Prison Studies ● race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, and the criminalized Other ● anti-prison pacifist philosophies and practices ● prison as a tool of war, imperialism, white supremacy, and class domination ● violence of the "war on crime" against partners/spouses, children, and communities ● political prisoners and prisoners of conscience ● looking again at retributivist ethics: the past or the future? ● anti-capitalist, anti-racist, and feminist critiques of the roots of war and incarceration ● "lock 'em up" and "shoot 'em up" masculinities: toward alternative, liberatory gender constructions ● nature of things: war, prison, and environmental racism ● crosscultural analysis of non-violent, non-carceral attempts to remedy conflict with social justice ● pedagogies of peace, freedom, and reconciliation ● taking steps toward realizing the "impossible": coalition-building and other strategies for a world without walls and wars ●

All submissions are due by May 18, 2011 and should be prepared for anonymous review. Please consult the complete instructions for authors before submitting: Send papers (and abstracts of 50-100 words) to both co-editors of this special issue: Jason L. Mallory, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College, jmallor1 [at] and Mechthild E. Nagel, Professor of Philosophy at SUNY-Cortland, nagelm [at]