Transatlantic Cultures of Incarceration explores written and visual responses to the experience of incarceration across transatlantic cultures and continents, with ‘incarceration’ applied to a host of historical and contemporary contexts, including prisons, pandemics, and modern slavery. Confining humans has become a common global practice, and something we have all experienced during recent COVID-19 lockdowns. This has brought renewed attention to the human experience of incarceration, bringing the hidden suffering of those subjected to incarceration worldwide to the forefront of the public imagination. Transatlantic Cultures of Incarceration works within the interdisciplinary framework of the University of Hull’s Cultures of Incarceration Centre to enable a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers to address the inhumanities and inequalities of incarceration, now and for the future.
This cluster studies cultural representations of incarceration across place and time, uncovering uncomfortable truths about human rights violations, miscarriages of justice, social inequalities and political persecution, as represented across a range of media, including in films, photography, poetry, fiction, and biography. Students will join a vibrant interdisciplinary community at the Cultures of Incarceration Centre and will work alongside partner organisations across the UK and US to pioneer important new approaches to a growing global challenge.