The Prison and the Public is a one-day conference co-organised by the Department of Law and Criminology and the Department of English and History.

The imposition of state punishment has historically kindled the public imagination and, as such, the ‘private’ world of the prison has become increasingly exposed through a range of modes. The aim of this conference is to explore the variety of means through which the prison becomes connected with the public and vice versa.

In addition to criminological and historical analysis of the prison, the conference will focus on topics such as representations of prisons in film, TV and literature, the role of journalism in relation to the prison, visual images of and from the prison in art and photography, and the construction and purpose of prison museums and exhibitions.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Jamie Bennett (Governor of HMP Grendon, Research Associate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, and Editor of the Prison Service Journal) and Eric Allison (prisons correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, trustee of the Shannon Trust and a former prisoner).

This call for papers invites proposals from academics, writers, practitioners, artists, journalists, archivists and curators, and those who work within TV and film. Selected contributions to this conference will be published in a special edition of the Prison Service Journal.

Abstracts of 250 words and a short biography should be submitted by Friday 22 February 2013 to either Alyson Brown ( or Alana Barton (

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