Is prison a democratic space?


SIGeP2020 is open to all different disciplinary views of prison in the social order, with a special focus on the treatment of gender in a developmental and multidisciplinary construction of human rights. It can be submitted proposals of theoretical studies, methodological studies or social research issues in general, as well as empirical researches.
O SIGeP2020 will bring together researchers, academics, students, practitioners, and policy makers, and will allow, beside reflecting on gender and prison culture in an international level, to:

  • Connect research and intervention within the field of prison systems;
  • Reflect on good practices and methodologies in the context of intervention with the prison population, leading to the improvement of national policies;
  • Reflect on gender influence in those systems, knowing different gender-sensitive policies;
  • Promote networking among professionals and experts in this field, developing research networks and good practices;
  • Publish a book of abstracts with Portuguese ISBN.
  • Index the papers submitted to SCOPUS, through publication in the Inclusiones journal.


  • Presential presentation. Due to the health crisis of COVID-19, the format of the event is now only virtual.
  • Online/ non- presential presentation.

2. Idioms:

  • The official languages of the SIGeP2020 are, exclusively, the Portuguese, English or Spanish. However, all abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • The papers submission for final publication will be under an own public notice. All the papers must be written in English.
  • All accepted communications will be presented in live streaming format within each Working Groups (WG) created to make schedules more flexible and give everyone the opportunity to present their work.
  • Each participant, with presential ou non-presential communication, has a maximum limit of fifteen (15) minutes to present their work. The debate will be held every 3 or 4 interventions and again before the work of each WG ends.
  • The online presentations take place by will be done through live streaming format submitting a video in mp4 format with a maximum of 15 minutes that will be published on the event’s YouTube channel and facebook page and projected during the event. Non-presential participants must sent the video to the SIGeP2020 organization until September 30th.
  • Presential presentations as well as support materials (PowerPoint and other electronic or physical elements), must also be sent to the SIGeP2020 organization until October 15th.

Information about SIGeP2020 needed to be updated due the health crisis of COVID-19. The event is now only virtual and deadline for abstract submission was extended until 31st July 2020.

Abstracts can be submitted between May 04 and June 30 July 31, 2020 on the platform. The acceptance notification will be sent until July 15 August 15, 2020.

Information about SIGeP2020 needed to be updated due the health crisis of COVID-19. The event is now only virtual and deadline for abstract submission was extended until 31st July 2020.

  • The abstract must be done according the own template available on the submission platform www.sigep.pt .
  • All proposals must be identified with the name of the Author and the co-author (up to a maximum of 4 people per abstract), the institutional affiliation (e.g FDUNL / FCT) and an e-mail address for each participant.
  • Each participant can submit a total of 3 abstracts but in just one of them can be as first author.
  • Only one of the accepted abstracts (chosen by the author) may result in a paper to be published in the SIGeP2020 final publication. The additional abstracts will be published in the SIGeP2020 abstract e-book with Portuguese ISBN.
  • The submitted abstract must has a minimum of three hundred (300) words and a maximum of five hundred words (500) and following this methodology: introduction, method, discussion and conclusion.
  • Must be indicated between three (3) and up to a maximum of five (5) keywords separated by commas.

The final publication (after the presentation) is optional and the submission guidelines will be included in an own public notice.

Dats Deadline extension
Abstract submission From May 04 toJune 30, 2020 Until July 31, 2020
Abstract decision Up to July 15, 2020 Up to August 15, 2020
Early bird registration From July 15 to July 31, 2020 From July 15 to August 31, 2020
Late bird registration From Augus, 01 to  September 10, 2020 From September, 01 to  September 30, 2020
Deadline for registration withdrawn* Until September 15, 2020 Until September 30, 2020
Deadline for video submission for non-presential October 10, 2020 The panels are now live streaming.
October 15, 2020 Elimination of presential presentation.
Publication of approved abstracts, regularly registered and effectively presented in SIGeP2020 November 10, 2020 No change
Final Publication March 2021 No change

*The registration withdrawn will be 80% refund of the registration fee paid. This reimbursement will be completed until the closing accounts of the event. No reimbursement for cancellations will be done after this date. Information about SIGeP2020 needed to be updated due the health crisis of COVID-19. The event is now only virtual and deadline for abstract submission was extended until 31st July 2020.

  • Registration in SIGeP2020 is personal and unique for each author and/or co-author (if existing) of the accepted abstract.
  • The withdrawal of the registration will be accepted until September 15 September 30, 2020 and the authors will be refund in 80% of the fee paid.
  • After this date, the withdrawal does not confer the right to refund any amount without a reason for the responsibility of the SIGeP2020 organization.

Registration, in any format (presential or non-presential), includes:

  1. Free access to SIGeP2020;
  2. Publication of abstracts effectively presented in an e-book with Portuguese ISBN;
  3. Articles will be published in SIGeP2020 proceedings format with Qualis system and Web of Science (SCOPUS).
  4. Executive dinner (October, 16);
  5. Official documentation;
  6. Certificate of presentation(s) in SIGeP2020;
  7. Letter of acceptance of the communication (after registration);

Registration, in any format (presential or non-presential), does not include:

  1. Travels;
  2. Accomodation;
  3. feed;
  4. Other topics that are not included under the heading “Registration in any format in SIGeP2020, includes”.

There are 3 6 registration grants to be awarded for abstract proposals submitted with a single author. Interested participants must attach a motivation letter and CV to their abstract. The grant only applies to the registration fee.

Evaluation Guidelines:

  • Quality of the proposal;
  • Collaboration with SIGeP2020 organization.
  • Only the presented communications will have certificate.
  • The certification of the publication takes place through the publication. Certificates of paper approval will not be sent for final publication in the annals of SIGeP2020.


10000Early bird registration From August 15 to August 30, 2020


12000From September, 01 to September 30, 2020

Nota: “In the event that the event is canceled the amount paid as registration fee will be fully refunded to the registered persons”

  1. Gender-responsive intervention in prisons
  2. Women in the prison system
  3. Motherhood experience in the prison context
  4. Women’s invisibilities in the justice system
  5. Perceptions of female prison guards in the prison system
  6. Education and training in prison
  7. Prisons, mental health and exclusion
  8. Police intervention and Prisons
  9. Ethical challenges of academic research in a prison context
  10. Ethical challenges of academic research in confinement institutions
  11. Ethnographic perspectives in prison: meanings of incarceration, conceptions of justice and subjectivities
  12. The use of art in the prison context
  13. Prisons, criminal organizations and conflict between prisoners and justice system operators.
  14. Narratives and prison media culture
  15. Regional systems of human rights and human rights violations in prison
  16. Sexuality and prison
  17. Massive incarceration, prison reform policies and penal abolitionism
  18. Ethics in the legal system professions
  19. Human rights, business and prison
  20. Adolescents in the socio-educational system
  21. Criminalization of drugs and incarceration
  22. Prison and migrations
  23. Human rights, judicialization of life, criminal procedural guarantees, punitive power and restorative justice
  24. Philosophical foundations, human rights and prison policy


  • The conference will be in the live streaming format, through the streamyard platform.
  • There will be more than one parallel session at the same time.
  • Each presenter has a maximum of 15 minutes to present.
  • At the end of each parallel session, the chair will give 5 minutes for questions and debate.
  • Participants with presentation should be at the parallel session, at least, 5 minutes before the beginning.


For those who do not want to participate thought live streaming format, there exist specific rules:

  • The video must have a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • Presentation Rules: Title of the Presentation and Identification of the authorship at the beginning. Acknowledges must be at the final of the presentation.
  • The only acceptable format is .mp4.
  • The file name must be the abstract reference (e.g. 029M22020).
  • Presenters must send the video through platforms such as wetransfer, google drive, etc.
  • The organizing committee will upload the recorded video at the official website: sigep.pt, youtube channel and official facebook page.
  • The video must be sent up to october, 10th 2020.