CFP : Special issue “Abolishing Detention: Bridging Prison and Migrant Justice”, Citizenship Studies — LIMITE : 30/06/2019

Infos pratiques


Recent scholarship on immigration detention diagnoses, dissects, and interprets the multiple meanings of detention sites, and what can be done about them. The discussion on why and how to abolish detention is virtually absent. The recent ‘De-Carceral Futures’ workshop invited scholars, practitioners, and people with lived experiences to discuss current and future worlds without immigrant incarceration. Some of the workshop’s outputs are already available via a Policy Options podcast and the Queen’s Faculty of Law’s archiving the keynote plenary with Jonathan S. Simon and Harsha Walia.
This special issue of Citizenship Studies will build on, deepen, and focus the ‘De-Carceral Futures’ conversation. The SI is intended to focus on how to address and remedy the conditions leading to detaining asylum seekers and other migrants, as well as what detention’s end might mean for citizenship, belonging, membership, liberty, sovereignty, and other key issues in migration and citizenship studies. Accepted papers will explore, demystify, or challenge the epistemological, legal, and moral connections threading detention to state violence at the border and in the correctional centre.

The SI will serve as a forum for a tripartite dialogue amongst penal abolitionists, No Borders and open borders theorists, and detention experts. It will traverse the theories and practices for progressive change being developed across the three fields. In taking account of subversion and resistance from above and below, the SI will provide a venue to argue how to unite social movements in the struggles against borders, prisons, and detention with a focus on the migration side. The SI will produce a more complete intellectually- and practice-based response to the complex challenges posed by global migration that is free from caging migrants.

We seek to frame the SI with an anti-racist/diversity lens and to highlight women’s voices, emerging scholars’ perspectives, and regional variation in approaches and case studies.

Key points for the SI include:
– detention’s complex relationships to other social movements;
– the underappreciated roles of women’s voices and actions in countering or resisting state violence;
– questions of global justice for local anti-detention actions;
– visions for alternative modalities of migration management that are not predicated on incarceration;
– and the interconnections between liberty, legal status and citizenship

Accordingly, the SI aims not to produce a consensus on ways to achieve migrant justice but will instead generate a potentially path-breaking space to explore different interpretations and implications of detention abolitionism.

Manuscript preparation guidelines: Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list). A typical paper should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes. Any spelling style is acceptable so long as it is consistent within the manuscript.