Religion, Abolition, Mass Incarceration
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013,
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House, Cornell University

PANEL 1 (Friday, 9:00am-10:30am): Activating Religious Potentialities

Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester, “The Rise and Fall and Rise of Radical Prisoners’ Religion”
Sarah Haley, UCLA, “Abolition Dreams: Gender and Southern Carceral Resistance, 1890-1936”
Mecke Nagel, SUNY Cortland, “The Ethic of Ubuntu and the End of Penality”

PANEL 2 (Friday, 11:00am-12:30pm): Secularized Religious Ethics and Prisoner Solidarity

Paula Ioanide, Ithaca College, “Atoning for White Racism: Developing a Spiritual Framework for Prison Abolition”
Joy James, Williams College, “Memory, Shame and Rage in Prison Abolitionism”
Dan Berger, University of Washington—Bothell, “A Belief in Living: Prison Radicalism as Secular, Ecumenical, and Something Altogether Different, 1960-2013”

PANEL 3 (Friday, 3pm-4:30pm): Methods, Poetics, & Utopias of Abolition

Lorna Rhodes, University of Washington, “Arguing Ethnography ‘Inside’ ”
Vincenzo Ruggiero, Middlesex University, “Abolitionism, Social Christianity and Mercy”
Catherine Koehler, Cornell University, ‘There but for the Grace of God, Go My Sons’: The Language of Kinship, Abolitionist Poetics, and the Decarceral State”

PANEL 4 (Friday, 5:00pm-6:30pm): Religious Workers on Decarceration and Prisoner Solidarity Movements

Sarah Small, Decarcerate PA
Laura Whitehorn & Mujahid Farid, Release Aging People in Prison
Representative TBA, Prisoners Are People Too
Clare Grady, Ithaca Catholic Workers

PANEL 5 (Saturday, 9:00am-10:30am): Theologies & Counter-theologies of Mass Incarceration
Vincent Lloyd, Syracuse University, “Political Theology, Neoliberalism, Mass Incarceration”
Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary, “Deconstructing Crucifixion & U.S. Mass Incarceration”
James Samuel Logan, Earlham College, “Toward a Christian Vision and Politics of Good Punishment in Civil Society”

PANEL 6 (Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm): States of Captivity & Religious Justice in Latin America
Chris Garces, Cornell University, “Occupying Prisons, Disappearing Publics, and the Incarnating Movement of the Squares”
Clara Han, Johns Hopkins University, “Between the Young and the Old: Affliction and Violent Death”
Kevin Lewis O’Neill, University of Toronto, “On Liberation: Crack, Christianity, and Captivity in Postwar Guatemala City”


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