Conference schedule

Programme Highlights

We are delighted to announce the programme for Abolitionist Futures: Building Social Justice Not Criminal Justice!  The conference will include 60+ workshops, presentations and strategy sessions, plus film screenings, poetry, artwork and theatre performances.  There will also be 35 academic papers.  We have contributions from community organisers, activists, legal practitioners and academics from across five continents.

A summary of the Conference Schedule available as a PDF here.

Download the full Conference Information Pack here.
[There is also a plain, black and white version available  here.]

Friday 15 June 2018: Evening Public Event (6-9pm)

  • Building the World We Want: Prison Abolition and Gender, Racial and Economic Justice.  A conversation with Beth Richie,  Ruth Wilson Gilmore & Deborah Coles.
    [Please note the Friday evening is a free public event and requires separate registration. Click here to book for Friday ]Note: This event is fully booked/overscribed with a wait list and overflow room.   For those who are unable to get a ticket or want to tune in from around the world,  this session will be live-streamed.  Click here for Live-Stream on Friday 6pm (British Summer Time) to tune in!

Saturday 16 June & Sunday 17 June 2018 (10am – 6pm) 

Workshops, Presentations & Strategy Sessions:

  • Challenging Prisons, Borders, Colonialism and Empire
  • Resisting Immigration Detention & Militarization
  • Prisoners Families Organising for Prison Abolition
  • Alternatives to Police & Fostering Community Safety
  • Prisoners Voices & Resistance
  • Disability & Abolition
  • Community Accountability & Transformative Justice
  • Community Responses to Sexual Harassment and Violence
  • No One is Disposable: Queer/Trans Liberation and the Politics of Solidarity
  • Accountability within Leftist Groups
  • Strategic Uses of the Law for Abolitionist Ends
  • Indigenous Resistance
  • Everyday Survival Strategies: Cop-Watch, Sex Work and Gentrification
  • Confronting State Racism and Counter-Terrorism
  • Fighting Toxic Prisons: Incarceration and the Environment
  • Creative Resistance, Protest and Political Art
  • Films, artwork, poetry and performances
  • Sunday evening film screening

Saturday 16 June 2018 Evening Social & Fundraiser for Empty Cages Collective (7pm – late)

In association with Abolitionist Futures, Cradle invites supporters of the prison abolition movement to spend an evening together enjoying music, food, drinks, selfcare activities and live entertainment to raise funds for abolitionist organising supported by the Empty Cages Collective. Find out more and book tickets here.

Monday 18 June 2018: Academic Paper Sessions (9am – 6pm)

  • Anti-Carceral Feminist Abolition in Research, Practice and Organising
  • Abolitionist Research and Education: Ethics & Dilemmas
  • Abolitionist Histories I: Lessons from Past and Present
  • Abolitionist Histories II: Radical Black Struggle, Memory and Resistance
  • Confronting Spaces of Confinement and Technologies of Institutional Violence
  • Pathways to abolition: Restorative Justice and Alternatives to Criminalisation and Punishment
  • Rethinking Solidarity, Safety & Security
  • Challenging Walls, Borders and Detention
  • Contemporary Struggles and Strategies
  • Abolitionist Visions for the Future

Organisations Running Workshops

  • Asociación de Familiares Y Amigos de Prisioneros, Ecuador
  • Action for Trans Health
  • Audre Lorde Project / Safe Outside the System
  • Bent Bars Project
  • Californians United for Responsible Budgets (CURB)
  • Campaign Against Prison Expansion (CAPE)
  • Clean Break
  • Critical Resistance
  • Detained Voices
  • Empty Cages Collective
  • End Deportations
  • Fight Toxic Prisons
  • Haringey Anti-Raids Group
  • Hollaback London
  • INQUEST
  • KIN Arts Collective
  • LGBT Unity Scotland
  • London Campaign Against Police & State Violence
  • Netpol
  • NUS Black Students Campaign
  • Reclaim Holloway
  • Sisters of Frida
  • Sisters Uncut
  • Smash IPP
  • Students Not Suspects
  • Transformative Justice Kollektiv Berlin
  • Umbrella Lane
  • YG Institute

With contributors from:

Australia, Basque, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Eastern Europe, Ecuador, France,  Germany, India, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, United States, Venezuela


Note: Conference attendees may also be interested in attending the Birkbeck Department of Criminology Annual Lecture with Prof Beth Richie which will be held the evening of Wednesday 20 June 2018. The title of the lecture is: Racism, Gender Violence and the Build up of a Prison Nation:  The Case for Feminist Abolition Politics  Click here register for the Criminology Annual Lecture.