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Call for papers: Is prison obsolete? 2016

Is Prison Obsolete?

19th, 20th & 21st October 2016

Forget reform. It is time to talk about abolishing prisons in society. So what's the alternative? This puzzling question often interrupts further discussion of the prospects for abolition. Why is it so difficult to imagine alternatives to the current system of imprisonment? What about building the kind of society that doesn't need prisons with the redistribution of power and income, and a decent sense of community that can support every member. This conference will explore and encourage discussion about abolition and alternatives to prison over three days. We look forward to your participation.

Sisters Inside's 7th International Conference on the criminalisation of women and imprisonment will be held at Royal on the Park, Brisbane on the 19th, 20th & 21st October 2016. The conference focuses on:

  • Service Provision
  • Advocacy
  • Alternatives to Prisons

The 'Is Prison Obsolete" Conference will initiate and support the development of innovative and creative responses to issues affecting women in prison throughout the world. It will provide an opportunity for individuals, organisations and governments from across the globe to come together and share information. The conference will focus on professional development opportunities for stakeholders in this specific marginalised sector.


Registration can be completed on line at ONLINE REGISTRATIONS


To present a paper at the conference please Submit an Abstract. The abstract should state the specific objectives of the paper and issues to be covered. Submission will close on the 1 June 2016 and authors of accepted abstracts will be notified of acceptance by the 30 June 2016. Please note that presenting does not cover conference registration and registration can be done online.


Women who have been in prison are encouraged to attend the daily conference. This event is FREEfor any woman who has been in prison. Registration is crucial though so please complete the Special Registration Form and return to Sisters Inside by post, fax or email.


Royal on the Park Hotel 

The Royal on the Park Hotel is an iconic hotel offering a rich history full of tradition, elegance and service. Located on the Cnr Alice & Albert Streets, Brisbane its unique outlook over the City Botanic Gardens provides a view like no other and offers guests a tranquil retreat in the heart of the Brisbane CBD that other hotels simply can't match. For accommodation bookings call the hotel direct on 07 3221 3411.

Find out more about the conference here.





Beyond ANU

Date posted

Monday, 9 May 2016

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