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Festival Concertina, 2ème édition

Nous avons le grand plaisir de partager le programme du Festival Concertina qui se déroulera du 1er au 3 juillet à Dieulefit dans la Drôme, sous la présidence de Michelle Perrot. La deuxième édition de ce festival unique en son genre sur les enfermements aura pour fil rouge l’évasion. Ce seront 50 rendez-vous dans le long week-end qui rassembleront près de cent intervenants, dont Samuel Tracol, membre du CoPALC, qui interviendra le 1er juillet aux côtés de Corinne Rostaing pour un atelier “Du bagne à la prison contemporaine : une liberté négociée”.

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Publication du dossier : “Epidémies, crime, justice”.

Nous avons le plaisir de signaler la parution du dossier “Epidémies, crime, justice” dans la revue en ligne Criminocorpus. Sous la direction de Marie Houllemare, Hélène Ménard, Jean-Lucien Sanchez et Samuel Tracol, vous y trouverez sept articles centrés sur les XIXè et XXè siècles européens. Le dossier est toujours ouvert à de nouvelles propositions d’articles.

‘Listening with our feet,’ Wednesday 11 May 2022, 7-8pm (BST)

In this online event, artist Kate McMillan will be talking about various projects exploring the postcolonial legacies of former penal colonies, prison islands alongside the ongoing use of extraterritorial detention by countries such as Australia and the United States. We will be talking about of the notion of ‘listening with my feet’ – listening as a decolonial tool on contested ground, and the influence of indigenous thinking on McMillan growing up in Australia. We will also explore McMillan’s collaborative work with Cat Hope considering ways in which systemic silencing of those both displaced and detained as part of colonial and neocolonial modes of government might be listened to differently.

The conversation will be online via YouTube.
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Slavery, Race and Citizenship in the Atlantic Regimes of Exception: Brazil, Cuba, and the US, 1776-1848

This project analyzes the intersection between slavery, race, and citizenship in the making of regimes of racial violence in the nineteenthcentury Atlantic World. It demonstrates how the Age of Revolution inaugurated a wave of emancipations in the Americas and, at the same time, a second age for bondage in the United States, Cuba, and Brazil. People of African descent resisted captivity, disenfranchisement, and state repression throughout the hemisphere. Yet slavery and racialized citizenship prevailed in these three societies. The emergence of new slaveholding classes influenced the making of constitutions and criminal law in Spain/Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. Despite the specificities of each political and racial regime, they shared one common experience. Statesmen from these nations resolved the contradictions between constitutional principles and the material reality of slavery by establishing racialized regimes of exception under the rule of law. For the people of African descent who suffered under these regimes, the exception was the norm.

Marcelo Ferraro is a Historical Injustice and Democracy Postdoctoral research Associate at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Ferraro completed his PhD at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2021, having previously received his master’s degree in Social History and his B.A. in History, Law, and Social Sciences at the same institution. His dissertation developed a comparative study on the intersections between slavery and criminal justice in Brazil and the southern United States. He is currently working on his first book on slavery, citizenhip and racial violence in Brazil, Cuba and the United States during the long nineteenth century.

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Conversations in Portuguese on Sound & Image

We are really glad to share Dr. Glória Alhinho next event. Every Thursday, she explores different academic, scientific, and artistic encounters that help create new perspectives to look at our world. It aims to make us question our own responsibility in the way we grow and share knowledge.

For the section on March 17th, she’ll hold a discussion with Virgínia Bessa, Professor at the Institute of Brazilian Studies, University of São Paulo, Graduate Program in Music at Unicamp, and founder, coordinator and writer of the Teatro Musicado, database in São Paulo (1914-1934):

If you have questions about this event, please contact Glória Alhinho at

Camila Similhana, nova membra do CoPALC

Camila Similhana é historiadora, doutora em História pela Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), mestra em Ciências Sociais pela Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, bacharela e licenciada em História pela mesma instituição. Atualmente desenvolve residência pós-doutoral junto ao PROMESTRE-FaE/UFMG.  Inicialmente se dedicou ao estudo da segurança pública mediante recorte de gênero nas décadas finais do século XX, migrou para a repressão aos grupos étnicos, mais precisamente as comunidades ciganas,
no final do período imperial brasileiro. Desde o ingresso no doutorado, tem se dedicado à pesquisa da história das prisões no Brasil, mais especificamente as cadeias locais mineiras por meio do estudo do fundo da Chefia de Polícia do Arquivo Público Mineiro, buscando, contudo, dialogar com o que é produzido sobre temas semelhantes nos demais estados brasileiros.

Seja muito bem-vinda Camila! Honra e prazer te acolher em nosso colectivo !

Call for Papers – History and Narratives, Connection between Art and Prison

The CoPALC group is very pleased to share the following Call for Papers in collaboration with UNILA, Georgetown University and the INIHLEP (UNT-Argentina). It will be published in the end of 2022 in the Revista de las Prisiones.

Scientific committee (in alphabetical order)

Glória Alhinho (Georgetown University, Washington-DC, USA)

Cristiane Checchia (Universidad Federal de Integración Latinoamericana, Brazil)

Dirceu Franco Ferreira (Universidade de São Paulo/CoPALC, Brazil)

Luis González Alvo (Universidad Nacional de Tucumán/ CoPALC, Argentina)

Mario Rodriguez Torres (Universidad Federal de Integración Latinoamericana, Brazil)

Samuel Tracol (Sorbonne-Université/CoPALC, France)

The purpose of this call for papers is to gather reflections on the relationship between art and prison. This intersection can be investigated through literacy expression, produced in and about prison, and by integrating other artistic expression, such as music, painting, photography or fashion. It addresses how art allows us to recreate or reinvent social relationships in prison space and beyond.

This call is the result of seminars organised by the Research Group on Penitentiary Colonisation in Latin America and the Caribbean (CoPALC) in partnership with the Revista de Historia de las Prisiones, the extension project Right to Poetry (UNILA), the University of Guyana and the University of São Paulo. Meetings were held during the past year, thanks to the Franco-Brazilian chairs programme promoted by the Consulate General of France in São Paulo. Through inter- and transdisciplinary work, it has become clear that art participates in the production of knowledge about prison, making it more permeable to change.

The file will welcome both academic and non-academic productions, such as artistic experiments carried out within the prison community, whether by artists, former prisoners of the system, officers or activists.

The dossier will welcome contributions in the following four languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French and English.

The articles can focus on the following topics:

1/ Art and prison: which are the artistic spaces in prison?

What space exists in prison for literature, photography, painting, cinema, etc.? How are artistic projects born and developed in prison?

2/ Art and identity: intimacy, interstices and self-expression.

How can art contribute to protecting identitary traits in prison? Can it help developping new identitary spaces within this institution?

3/ The artist and the researcher: knowing the prison through sensitive experience.

How does artistic production lead to research, and how does it express itself artistically?

4/ Art and politics: imagining a world without prisons.

How can art lead to a political and ethical reflection on prison?

5/ A history of art in prison?

What history can be written about the use of art in institutions of liberty deprivation? Which functions have been attributed to art in these institutions? How permeable is prison to artistic movements?


The scientific committee will receive the papers at the following email address until 15th of June 2022. Evaluation and selection will take place until 15th July 2022 for final editing and online publication in December 2022. Articles must be original, therefore they cannot have been published in another scientific journal. The bibliographic and editorial rules of the Revista de Historia de las Prisiones are available on the website:

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Publicação : Fronteirizaçaões – Org. Sidney Lobato

Compartilhamos a noticia do lançamento do livro Fronteirizações: experiências fronteiriças na Amazônia setentrional (séculos XVIII e XIX). O nosso colega Samuel Tracol participou desse projecto.

Essa coletânea, organizada por Sidney Lobato e editada pela Paka-Tatu (Belém), conta com 5 capítulos:

1. A sociedade e a fronteira: os vassalos e a elite militar na capitania do Pará (1700-1750) de Rafael Ale Rocha (Ufam)

2. As fronteiras abissais: nas origens do Estado de exceção na Guiana Francesa de Samuel Tracol (Universidade da Guiana/França)

3. Fronteirização em tempos de Cabanagem: apropriação geopolítica da natureza na expansão dos limites da Guiana Francesa (1835-1836) de Sidney Lobato (Unifap)

4. Prosper Chaton e a fundação da paróquia e do distrito de Cunani no Contestado Franco-Brasileiro de Débora Bendocchi Alves (Universidade de Colônia/Alemanha)

5. A República de Cabralzinho e o conflito do Amapá: disputas políticas e territoriais no Contestado Franco-Brasileiro (1891-1895) de Adalberto Paz (Unifap)