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Research Opportunity with the Michigan-Mellon / Carceral State Project

February 11, 2020 at 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Research Opportunity with the Michigan-Mellon / Carceral State Project

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On Tuesday (2/11), the Michigan-Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis will be hosting Professor Matt Lassiter and Nora Krinitsky from the Carceral State Project for a discussion of the Project’s recent initiatives against mass incarceration, and possible ways that Taubman faculty and students might participate in them.

Documenting Criminalization and Confinementis a multidisciplinary research initiative of the University of Michigan Carceral State Project that examines the impact of criminalization, policing, incarceration, surveillance, and carceral control in the United States. The initiative comprises eight collaborative research teams spanning the domains of art and performance, history, visual culture, anthropology, literature and creative writing, architecture, public health, digital humanities, and public engagement. Documenting Criminalization and Confinementhas received major grant funding from the U-M Humanities Collaboratory (2019-2021). 

This presentation will highlight key preliminary findings of the Documenting Criminalization and Confinement research initiative and will explore the advantages and challenges of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, community-engaged research project.  Nora Krinitsky will provide a project overview, and Matt Lassiter will focus on the methods and publications of the Policing and Social Justice HistoryLab, a collaboration with undergraduate and graduate student researchers to document and map the history of police violence and misconduct in Detroit.  The presentation also will preview and invite feedback on the ongoing development of the Carceral State Project’s partnership with the Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis for a research initiative (to launch May 2020) documenting the historical and contemporary landscape of Detroit as a carceral space, with particular focus on the Wayne County Jail. 

Nora Krinitsky is the project director of Documenting Criminalization and Confinement and the interim director of the Prison Creative Arts Project.  Matt Lassiter is co-PI of Documenting Criminalization and Confinement, professor of History, and professor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP by Sunday (2/9)!


February 11, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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