I’m really pleased to have been able to take part in a critical dialogue with Banu Bargu about our respective books. Bargu is author of the award-winning Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (Columbia UP, 2014). We reviewed each other’s work, and had a chance to respond to each other’s reviews. This is also the first review in print of Punishment and Inclusion. The exchange is currently available for free from Perspectives on Politics in their excellent special issue devoted to Prisons and Policing.
I have a modest contribution in Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration (Fordham University Press, 2015), brilliantly edited by Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman. Print copies are now out as well as ebook editions. My deepest thanks to the editors for including my essay and letting my work sit alongside such amazing other contributors!
I’ll be speaking about Punishment and Inclusion and some broader questions of critical prison theory/philosophy on Monday, March 30th at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, thanks to the good people in the Government, Global Studies, and Sociology Departments there. Anybody in the NoCo should come and join us!
If you are interested in using Punishment and Inclusion in a course, Fordham University Press has set up a link to request a free examination copy direct from the press. This is obviously only for instructors who are likely to assign the text in future courses. You can also just buy yourself a copy at 50% off the list price direct from FUP as part of their spring sale using the code SPRING3K4D15, for a limited time.
You can now purchase Punishment and Inclusion as an ebook; available in Kindle and ePub formats (from a variety of online retailers). I’d suggest buying it through an independent bookstore, if at all possible, such as Skylight Books in Los Angeles or the Seminary Co-op in Chicago.
Details on the previously announced talk at the New School for Social Research are now available. I’m being hosted by the wonderful folks in the Politics Department as part of their spring speaker series. I’ll be talking about my book on Feb. 19, 2015, at 6pm. Details on their full series is attached!
I will be making a short swing through the east coast this month, giving talks at La Salle University in Philadelphia on Feb. 17 (see attached flyer for details) and at the New School in NYC on Feb. 19 (details TBA). I’ll be talking about my book, Punishment and Inclusion, at both events, and hope folks come out to talk about felon voting rights and prison abolition.
What I’m most pleased about seeing my book land in this of the top 5 best critical theory books of 2014 is the company with which it keeps: Audra Simpson, Glen Coulthard, Sara Ahmed… a pretty incredible set of folks. And, it’s a real joy to see a “critical theory” list made up almost entirely of scholars of color doing radical theory. That is to say, this list isn’t made up of the usual suspects.
I’ve added a page to keep track of upcoming talks and lectures that I will be giving. Most of them this spring will be related to Punishment and Inclusion, but I’ll be presenting some new work as well at a few places. In particular, I’m really excited to be giving the keynote address at the University of Memphis Philosophy Graduate Student Association Conference, Beyond Bars: The Future of Prisons in February. It’s an honor to be invited and a true privilege to get a chance to talk with a bunch of very smart students and faculty there.