noun: the state of being confined in prison; imprisonment.
"the public would not be served by her incarceration"
synonyms: imprisonment, internment, confinement, detention, custody, captivity, and restraint
In the shadow of ramped up I.C.E round ups, heightened awareness of the prison industrial system, and increase numbers of inmates in the American prison population there still seems to be a general lack of contemporary cultural studies surrounding the visual nature of imprisonment and how it pertains to women. SVLLY(wood) Magazine seeks to fix that with vol.1 issue.3: INCARCERATION – dedicating the final issue of our first volume on women in prisons and the politics of captivity in visual media.
Incarceration can take many forms courtesy of the expanding template of the prison system. Whether it’s detention facilities for minors, for profit prisons, or immigration detention centers - the physical bounds of the carceral state ironically mirrors the diverse representation of imprisonment on screen. The copious amount of narratives and aesthetics could lay the foundation of a feminist playground for filmmakers that embrace sisterhood and rebellion yet the legacy of women locked up on celluloid promotes a heightened sense of torture and eroticism that’s eager to please the male gaze.
We’re excited to see what you pitch for this new issue and want to remind contributors that SVLLY(wood) is a multi-media platform that focuses on the written word all the while promoting original audiovisual essays, video art, photo-essays, playlists, etc.!
300-400 word pitches are being accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading: pitch: INCARCERATION along with two (2) writing samples. The pitch should outline your potential piece and how it ties into the theme of the issue. For suggestions on how to craft a great pitch check out these resources: (1) (2) LIFE HACK: think of it as writing an abstract to a larger paper!
Deadline to pitch is Friday 09/30/2017. Everyone is free to submit regardless of prior bylines. INCARCERATION will be released late November/early DECEMBER.
TOPICS WE’RE AIMING TO HIGHLIGHT:
· POLITICAL PRISONERS
ex: 3000 Nights [PALESTINE 2015], Black August [USA 2010], Free Angela and All Political Prisoners [USA 2012], The Road of Women: Voices of Irish Women Political Prisoners [IRELAND 2005]
BABES BEHAVING BADLY
women in prison [or W.i.P] is a popular subgenre of exploitative cinema, b-movies, and pornography. sometimes dedicating whole niches to the subject matter: naziplotation and jungle films for example.
ex: 99 Women [GERMANY 1969], Love Camp 7 [USA 1969], Women in Cages Trilogy [USA 1971], Bare Behind Bars [BRAZIL 1980], The Concrete Jungle [USA 1982]
· INTERNATIONAL + IMMIGRATION
ex: Sambizanga [ANGOLA 1972], Anjaam [INDIA 1994], Silent Grace [IRELAND 2004], Women’s Prison [IRAN 2002], Kaputt [GERMANY 2016]
· NUANCED CRITIQUES ON HIT TV SHOWS
ex: Orange is the New Black [USA], Wentworth [AUSTRALIA], The Handmaid's Tale [USA]
· RIOTS, REVOLTS AND REBELLIONS IN PRISON FILMS
ex: Civil Brand [USA 2002], Chained Heat [USA 1983]
· QUEERNESS IN PRISON FILMS
this can also heavily tie into W.i.P’s fascination with lesbianism and harmful tropes [i.e sadistic older butch prison guards x hyper feminine younger inmates, etc.]
ex: Caged [USA 1950], Chained Heat [USA 1983], Karmen Gei [SENEGAL 2001], Stranger Inside [USA 2001]
· REIMANGING PUNISHMENT
expanding the limitations of INCARCERATION by envisioning a world without corporal punishment on screen and i.r.l.
· CALL TO ACTION
as part of our mission to engage with on-the-ground movement work and make SVLLY(wood) an I.R.L manifestation, we’d be honored to partner up with radical prison abolition organizations, clubs, and/or networks for this issue on how to get readers more involved in this work! email, tweet, message!
· ETC ETC ETC
you can also center a piece on any of the following: CLASS, CRIME, EROTICA, IDENTITY, JUSTICE, HIERARCHY, GENDER, GLAMORIZATION, PUNISHMENT, RACE, REBELLION, SEXUALITY, SURVIVAL, SUBMISSION, and/or TORTURE
Issue.3 INCARCERATION READING SYLLABUS [links are bold]
· Criminal Justice lectures available to download and listen courtesy of WeAreMany.org
· A History of Women’s Prisons by Jessica Pishko
· Women in Prison Triple Feature By Oren Shai
· Nor Meekly Serve Her Time: Riots and Resistance in Women's Prisons by Victoria Law
· Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation by Beth Ritchie
· Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex by Eric Stanley & Nat Smith
· Are Prisons Obsolete? By Angela Davis
· The New Jim Crowe by Michelle Alexander
· August Rebellion: New York’s Forgotten Female Prison Riot by J.B Nicholas
· Mass Incarceration and Its Mystification: A Review of The 13th By Dan Berger
· Images of Incarceration: Representations of Prison in Film and Television Drama By David Wilson, Sean O'Sullivan
· The Origins of the Carceral State by Timothy Shenk & Elizabeth Hinton
· Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America Book by Alison Griffiths
Check out our LETTERBOXD x YOUTUBE SYLLABUS
In the meantime, become a pen pal to a local inmate or a female political prisoner in North Africa/ The Middle East and Iran, check out the prison arts coalition, and get involved in activism in your neck of the woods!
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