2017 Annual Bill Brown Conference, “Incarceration Across the Americas”

When February 10, 2017, 1:00 PM
Where UNC Charlotte, Center City
320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Speaker(s) Dr. Susana Draper (Princeton University)
Dr. Juanita Díaz-Cotto (SUNY Binghamton)
Registration Details & Deadlines  For more information, contact: 2017brownconference@gmail.com
Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public
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Contemporary studies of the prison industrial complex often note the impact of globalization on developing trends in carceral policy, patterns of criminalization, and the maintenance of carceral facilities and their corresponding corporate networks worldwide. Among the top ten nations with the largest total prison populations, three (the United States, Brazil, and Mexico) are located within geopolitical contexts of the Americas. Moreover, according to the World Prison Brief, five of the top ten nations with the highest rates of incarceration per capita are located in the Americas. With respect to gender, according to the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, while prison populations rise throughout the Americas, the rates of incarceration for women are rapidly outpacing those of men across Latin America, Canada, and the U.S. Lastly, regarding resistance to these trends, efforts to address the structural racism, heteronormativity, and forms of political repression operating through the prison industrial complex are often transnational in scale and scope as well.

In light of these recent trends and the many possibilities for resistance to the expansion of the prison industrial complex, the theme of the 2017 Annual Bill Brown Conference at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will be "Incarceration across the Americas: Transnational Perspectives on the Prison Industrial Complex and Globalization."

Conference Dates and Times:
Friday, Feb. 10, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 11, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Susana Draper will give the Friday Plenary Address at 4:00 PM. She is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, and the author of Afterlives of Confinement: Spatial Transitions in Post-dictatorship Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) and Constellations of 1968 Mexico: Experiments on Freedom and Democracy (under contract with Duke University Press). She is currently working on a book-length project on women philosopher-activists reflecting on care and prison abolition.

Dr. Juanita Díaz-Cotto will give the Saturday Plenary Address at 4:00 PM. She is a Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Active in human rights struggles for over 35 years—including those of women, prisoners, lesbians and gays, and people of color inside and outside the U.S.—she considers herself both an activist and an academic. Dr. Díaz-Cotto has published three groundbreaking books. She is author of Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice: Voices from El Barrio (2006) (winner of an International Latino Book Award and a ForeWord Magazine Book Award); Gender, Ethnicity and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics (1996); and editor, under the pseudonym of Juanita Ramos, of COMPAÑERAS: Latina Lesbians (An Anthology)/Lesbianas latinoamericanas (3rd ed., 2004) and Sinister Wisdom 74: Latina Lesbians (2008). She is currently working on a book on Women and Criminal Justice in Puerto Rico, 1898-2010.