'Writing and speaking from a prison/camp' Roundtable

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An interdisciplinary roundtable within Language and Violence research stream Discussion included the following questions: 1. Do we all agree on what a Prison/Camp is, or does it vary depending on where the acts of imprisonment take place? 2. Are there any rules governing the microcosm of the Camp to resemble that the idea of freedom outside of it is illusory? 3. How are the spaces of the prison/camp described? What borders/boundaries are there within the camp and between the interior and exterior? 4. How do we interpret the aestheticisation in the prison/camp writing or speaking? 5. Is the voice of the prisoner being ‘taken’, ‘used’ or ‘preserved’ when someone speaks/writes on behalf of him/her? 6. What languages and/or language varieties were spoken? How is this diversity translated/mediated for people outside the camp system? 7. What linguistic tools and tropes are used to construct subject positions and/or perform counter-violence in the prison speech?
Period18 Mar 2016
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United Kingdom


  • language
  • violence
  • biopolitics