Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
Enclosures: Quotidian Carceralities in the US and Occupied Palestine
“It has become so much a part of our lives that it requires a great feat of the imagination to envision life beyond the prison,” wrote Angela Davis in her call for prison abolition, Are Prisons Obsolete? In this conversation, the iconic activist and scholar is joined by Dean Amale Andraos and Gwendolyn Wright to discuss the physical structures of incarceration, and the myriad connections between militarized policing of everyday life in the US—disproportionately affecting low-income African Americans, women, and trans populations—and Occupied Palestine today.
How has punishment in the US changed since the rise of the prison-industrial complex, which includes private and public prisons, juvenile facilities, military prisons, and interrogation centers? How has it changed since 9/11? Since Ferguson? How have borders in the US and Occupied Palestine been militarized and fortified, and who builds, maintains, and profits from this system?
Finally, how can designers and planners address the many inequities of the prison system, and move from conversations of reform to the imagination of something new?