Prison systems and prison architecture: how are they related? A European perspective

Since its inception, the Portuguese Prison Photo Project has sought to shed light on prison buildings and environments. The photographs taken over the last years depict these places where, for long periods, people are required to share their lives in cramped surroundings, unfriendly cells, and environments. These photographs explore the lived architecture, question how prison architecture is conceived, and point toward the importance of researching the design of new prisons.

Based on this background, this international conference entitled “Prison systems and prison architecture: how are they related? A European perspective” aims to explore the relationship between prison architecture, its design and some central elements inherent to the functioning and experience of prison systems, such as adaptation processes, relationships, emotions, prison organization and management or detention regimes. Furthermore, rather than focusing on a specific national context, this conference was conceived to promote a comparative analysis and reflection on the experience of different countries regarding these elements.

Thus, we invite you to submit an abstract proposal for the thematic sessions of this conference on the following topics:

- Prison architecture and design;

- Prison organization, management, and technical support;

- Prison environment;

- Inmate experiences;

- Detention regimes

Other related topics will be considered in additional thematic sessions. So, please feel free to submit a proposal on other topics.

All abstracts must include: a title, an abstract (≤ 250 words), authors, affiliations, 3-5 keywords.


Important Deadlines:

Call for abstracts: June 20, 2024.

Notification Abstract Acceptance: July 14, 2024

Registration: July 15–31, 2024 (mandatory, but no fees required!!!)

Final Program: September 30, 2024 

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