The Carceral Archipelago: transnational circulations in global perspective, 1415-1960

Posted by jcm22 at Jun 02, 2017 09:30 AM |
The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities featured research project this quarter (June 2017) under the direction of principal investigator Professor Clare Anderson.

Anderson, Clare (School of History, Politics and International Relations) ‘The Carceral Archipelago’, ERC (€1.5m). is a resource funded by the ERC, as part of Professor Clare Anderson’s major €1.5m funded project, ‘The Carceral Archipelago’. The aim of the project is to write the first global history of penal colonies. The project team is building on specific regional literatures, and working in archives all over the world, in order to piece together the scope and scale of convict transportation. The project starts with Portugal’s first use of convicts for colonisation purposes in North Africa in 1415, and ends with the dissolution of Stalin’s gulags in the 1960s. The team is exploring how convict transportation and penal colonies intersect with larger histories of imperialism, unfree labour, coerced migration, confinement and incarceration. This includes research on their relationship to other forms of punishment, indentured labour, enslavement, indigenous reservation and settler societies.

Penal ColoniesThe Carceral Archipelago spans all the global powers engaged in transportation for the purpose of expansion and colonisation – including the European Empires, Russia, Latin America, and Japan. Its aim is to foreground penal colonies in world history as engines of global change, and to define their long-term impacts on economy, society and identity in a range of global locations.

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