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Hiding in Plain Sight: Spatial Practices of Penal Isolation in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Hiding in Plain Sight: Spatial Practices of Penal Isolation in the Era of Mass Incarceration
Room 208N, Munk School for Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place
Time: Mar 27th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 27th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Other, Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), English and Drama (UTM), English (FAS), Cinema, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Anthropology (FAS)
Lecture by Brett Storey

The Graduate Student Workshop, Centre for the Study of the United States presents:

Brett Storey, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Spatial Practices of Penal Isolation in the Era of Mass Incarceration

In the U.S. today, more people are sentenced to more time in more prisons and in greater isolation than at any other time in its history.  Story’s project investigates how isolation operates within the organization and reproduction of the contemporary American prison system: how it is produced, what effects it has, and the primary arenas or means by which it is contested or undermined. Specifically, she examines penal isolation and its contradictions at four main sites located in the contemporary landscape of the New York State penal system: in the immediate, architectural space of solitary confinement within the prison itself; in the increasingly remote siting of prisons far from prisoner families and communities; from the densely penalized space of the urban “million-dollar block”; and in the spaces of circulation between and within urban and prison space, which emerge or persist as social rebuttals to the organization of penal isolation.

Brett Story is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning, at the University of Toronto. Brett has also worked extensively as an independent documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, producing video and writing for various publications. Her latest film, Land of Destiny, is a portrait of a petrochemical town in paralysis in the wake of an epidemic of cancers.

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