Imprisonment, Encampment, Incarceration


Thursday, May 11, 2017

9am – 4:30 pm           Symposium            University Club Banquet Room
7 pm                           Screening of ATTICA            4070 Vilas Hall

Symposium Schedule 

8:30 AM      Coffee, tea, and light breakfast items available

9 AM – 10:15 AM     
     A. J. YUMI LEEUW-Madison: "Ellis Island/Koje Island 1952: Detention and Diaspora in Transnational American Literature" 
     ANTHONY FONTESUW-Madison: "Carceral Continuums in Central America’s Northern Triangle" 

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM    
TOUSSAINT LOSIERUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst: "'Fit for some Third world dictatorship': The Logics of Counterinsurgency in the Past and Present of Chicago Policing"
     MICHAEL FARQUHARKing’s College London: "Law and Order in Neoliberal Egypt: Tracing Police Discourse on Crime, Security and the Entrenchment of Market Society" 

12 PM – 1:30 PM      A buffet lunch will be provided

1:30 PM – 3 PM          
     J. DANIEL ELAM, University of Toronto: "Is the Jail Notebook World Literature?" 
     GOLNAR NIKPOUR, UW-Madison: “The Criminal is the Patient, the Prison Will Be the Cure: Criminology, Prison Reform, and Cultivating Modern Citizens in Pahlavi Iran” 

3 PM Keynote Lecture
     A. NAOMI PAIKUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: “Rightlessness: Hunger Strikes, Force-feeding, and Testimony at Guantanamo” 


J. Daniel Elam teaches postcolonial literature and transnational studies at the University of Toronto. He was the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow in "Bibliomigrancy: World Literature and the Public Sphere" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015-2016. His work focuses on South Asian and transnational political writing from the 1910s-1930s, with a focus on anticolonial thought and aesthetics. He has written on Bhagat Singh, W.E.B. Du Bois, Emma Goldman, and Lala Har Dayal. He is the co-editor (with Kama Maclean and Chris Moffat) of two volumes on South Asian radical anticolonial writing, Reading Revolutionaries (2013) and Writing Revolution (2016). He is currently working on his manuscript, World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth: Anticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Democracy.

Michael Farquhar is a Lecturer in Middle East Politics in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King's College London. His first book Circuits of Faith: Migration, Education and the Wahhabi Mission, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. He is currently undertaking research on the history and politics of policing in twentieth-century Egypt, with an eye to the ways in which discourses and practices of policing have been implicated in the maintenance and refashioning of social, political and economic order.

Anthony W. Fontes  (PhD in Human Geography, University of California, Berkeley) is a Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in the Center for Humanities and the Geography department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His scholarship and teaching focus on theories of violence, illicit economies, Latin America, prison studies, and human rights. His book project—“Mortal Doubt: Gang Violence and Social Order in Post-War Guatemala”— will be published with University of California Press. Based on years of ethnographic research inside Guatemalan prisons and marginal urban neighborhoods, “Mortal Doubt” tracks the evolution of transnational gangs (known as maras) and their role in making and mooring collective hysteria over out-of-control peacetime violence. More generally, his work in Central America’s Northern Triangle maps the blurred boundaries between the underworld, the state, law-abiding society, legacies of civil war, and violence in all its forms. This research has been supported by grants from the OSF/SSRC Drugs, Security, and Democracy Program, the International Center for Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. His most recent article, “Extorted Life: Protection Rackets in Guatemala City”, appeared in the September 2016 issue of Public Culture. His work has also been published by The Guardian (UK), the Woodrow Wilson Center, and The New York Times. Read more at Anthony's website:

A.J. Yumi Lee is a Lecturer in Asian American Studies and Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW-Madison. She works on U.S. literature and culture in the post-1945 period with a critical focus on race, empire, and transnationalism, and is currently completing a book manuscript on racial legacies of the Korean War in contemporary American literature. She received her Ph.D in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and will be beginning a new position as Assistant Professor of English at Villanova University in the fall.

Toussaint Losier is an Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Dr. Losier holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, with his research focusing on grassroots responses to the postwar emergence of mass incarceration in Chicago. At the UMass Amherst, he teaches courses on African American History, Black Politics, Criminal Justice policy, and transnational social movements. His writing has been published or is pending in Souls, Radical History Review, The Journal of Urban History, Against the Current, and Left Turn Magazine.  He is co-author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement (Routledge) with Dan Berger and preparing a book manuscript tentatively titled, War for the Cities: Mass Incarceration, Black Liberation and the Remaking of the Carceral State.

Golnar Nikpour is an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Giles Whiting Foundation, and she has published in forums including the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, The Canadian Journal of History, and Tehran Bureau. She is currently finishing a book called The Incarcerated Modern: Prisons and Public Life in Iran, which challenges the notion of the prison as a place of social death, arguing instead that modern conceptions of citizenship and political emancipation in Iran have emerged in the context of modern surveillance and punishment.

A. Naomi Paik is an assistant professor of Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book, Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II (UNC Press, 2016)reads testimonial narratives of subjects rendered rightless by the U.S. state through their imprisonment in camps. She has published articles in Social TextRadical History Review, and Cultural Dynamics, has forthcoming pieces in Humanity and the edited collection, Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom, and is developing a new project on military outsourcing. Her research and teaching interests include comparative ethnic studies; U.S. imperialism; U.S. militarism; social and cultural approaches to legal studies; transnational and women of color feminisms; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration.