Beyond the Prison. Towards a Philosophy of Decarceration

Workshop des Forschungsinstituts für Philosophie Hannover (FIPH)
Dienstag, 9. Juni 2015, von 14h – 18h
mit Franziska Dübgen, Jeanette Ehrmann, Daniel Loick und Lissa Skitolsky

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(Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache)

The prison is a space of social exclusion, of juridical deprivation, of moral indifference, and of economic exploitation. As such, it can well be considered as the negative other of democracy and the rule of law. In this one day workshop, scholars working in the United States and in Germany will come together to share their different philosophical perspectives on the prison and their political experiences of engagement within and against the prison.

Why should the prison and criminal justice be an urgent matter of philosophical reflection? What can philosophers learn from prisoners in developing a socially grounded philosophical critique of the prison? Do conceptions of restorative justice, decarceration and abolitionism provide a viable and democratic perspective beyond the prison?


14h00   Welcome Remarks
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Manemann (FIPH)
14h15   Introduction
Jeanette Ehrmann (FIPH)
14h30   Justice as Vengeance: Mass Incarceration in the US and Social Death
Lissa Skitolsky, PhD
15h30   Intersectionality and Incarceration in the German Context
Dr. Franziska Dübgen
16h30   Milieu of Delinquency. Some Observations on Prison and Poverty in Germany
Dr. Daniel Loick
17h15   Concluding Discussion
Thinking Beyond the Prison: Restorative Justice, Decarceration and Abolitionism

Konzeption und Organisation: Jeanette Ehrmann