Carceral Edgelands Closing Event

Call for participation: Carceral Edgelands closing event.

Please join us for a special event on Saturday, January 7th at noon. This is an open call to share writing on the theme of carceral edgelands—a project that asks, simply: what is it like to live in the edgelands of immigrant detention? At this event we will share writing and visual work that is adjacent to incarceration, work that fleshes out worlds in proximity, the terrains vague, that exists on the margins of the carceral systems but not necessarily about immigrant detention itself. Our closing event will open with a special reading by Joseph C. Russo, author of Hard Luck and Heavy Rain: The Ecology of Stories in Southeast Texas (Duke 2022).

In the tradition of the Public Feelings writing group we will take turns reading our work to one another. Writing should be between 100 and 400 words in length and may include images. Video or sound work should be no longer than five minutes. If you are sharing video, sound, or images, please submit prior to the event. The works that are shared at this event will be reviewed for inclusion in a special issue of the journal Sociology Lens (formerly Journal of Historical Sociology).

Please reach out to Craig Campbell ( if you have any questions or if you’d like to participate.

Carceral Edgelands Closing Event
Noon on Saturday January 7, 2023
The meeting will be on Zoom.

100s for Lesley

The Bureau for Experimental Ethnography is hosting an ex-situ project organized by Yoke Sum Wong and Craig Campbell.

With the much-anticipated publication of Diary of a Detour (Duke University Press, 2020), we would like to put together a special presentation of writing in honour of Lesley Stern. This will be hosted online by the Bureau for Experimental Ethnography at the University of Texas at Austin (

For many of us who know her, as friends, students, colleagues, and ad- mirers, it is recognized that Lesley’s work has had tremendous influence across the academy, and in the public realm. She has over the years shared her time generously as teacher, writer, mentor, friend and public intellectual – always inspiring us with her remarkable scholarship and writing. In her latest book, she continues to exhort us to think beyond the chronic and to turn our attention to the immediate world of the multispe- cies and the material world of objects and things that resonate with us.

Deadline for Submissions (or at least statements of interest): December 15, 2020.

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