Friday, September 19, 2008

Deadline Sept 25: Incarceration CFP

Anthropology News welcomes proposals for our January 2009 issue on incarceration. All proposals related to this theme will be considered for our In Focus Commentary, Field Notes and other sections. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

* Prison industries
* Prison overcrowding
* Reentry/reintegration
* Torture and interrogation
* Extradition/rendition
* Immigrant detention
* Political imprisonment
* Psychiatric confinement
* Prison power structures and social networks
* Expressions and limits of state authority

We are particularly interested in receiving Teaching Strategies proposals from anthropologists with experience teaching in prison environments.

To participate, email a 300 word proposal and 50-100 word author bio to Anthropology News editor Dinah Winnick ( by September 25. Selected authors will be invited to submit articles of 1000-1400 words (for commentaries) or 400-1000 words (for other content). See our website for details.

1 comment:

A. Muhammad Ma`ruf said...

There can be an informal, blog discussion, separate from the proposed, more formal AN discussion. As R.A. has said here in February, blogs may “allow a much more interactive and dynamic conversation to take place among members--and anyone else who is interested in what anthropology is all about.”

I have some recent volunteer, and past regular teaching load, experience in “prison anthropology”. However, research about prisons and prisoners has not been my goal.

In both prison situations in which I have found uses for my anthropology, the direct and organized contact with a different kind of Muslim history and language, has attracted my interest and curiosity.

I have kept a rather detailed journal of my recent experience of over 4 years, as a once-a-month visitor at a New Jersey correctional facility, as well as of changes in my syllabus, centered around the “translation” of the theory of adab. Adab is well-known in some traditional Islamic schools of thought, but it is not yet part of the culture of English only speaking Muslims, for instance in the US.

This blog announcement has made me go back to my old notes on Islam and US prisons, as well as search the Internet. I was pleasantly surprised to find Gabrielle Marranci’s

"Living Islam in Prison: faith, ideology, and fear."

Dr. Marranci writes about a 4-year study in the British prison system. His writing includes discussion of British experiences and issues related to Muslims and prisons, rather familiar to me in the US, but in a different way.

A shorter account is available in