David Knight Launches New Workshop in Collaboration with NYU

The new Carcerality, Law, and Punishment Workshop will be co-convened by members of the sociology departments at Columbia and NYU. 

Ari Galper
September 28, 2023

The Carcerality, Law, and Punishment Workshop is co-convened by members of the sociology departments at Columbia University as well as New York University, with participation from other units at each respective university.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together scholars and centers that do resonant work on the criminal legal system for a deeper and more focused dialogue on new directions in the field. We also intend for this workshop series to be an opportunity to foster inter-unit and cross-university conversation and collaboration.

This semester the workshop meets typically on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The workshop will alternate between the Columbia and NYU campuses. 

The first workshop will meet next Thursday, October 5th at 5:30-7 p.m. at 295 Lafayette Street (Puck Building), Memorial Room 4130. At this workshop, we will discuss a draft introduction of a new book entitled Abolition Labor: The Fight to End Prison Slavery, written by Andrew Ross, Tommaso Bardelli, and Aiyuba Thomas. The chapter is attached. Food will be served from A Wise Choice Food Solutions.

The workshop is supported by the generous sponsorship of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University.

Please contact David Knight at [email protected] if you are interested in the workshop or have further questions.


Fall Schedule:

October 5 -  Andrew Ross (NYU), Tommaso Bardelli (NYU), and Aiyuba Thomas (NYU/Columbia). Book manuscript discussion: Abolition Labor: The Fight to End Prison Slavery.

November 2 -  Joss Greene (UC Davis). Book manuscript discussion: Gender Bound: Prison, Trans Lives and the Politics of Violence.

November 16 -  Kelley Fong (UC Irvine). Book talk: Disciplining Families: Motherhood in the Shadow of Child Protective Services.

December 5 - Michael Walker (University of Minnesota). Book talk: Indefinite: Doing Time in Jail.