Presentation Monograph

Title:Gender and Prison Culture: Past, Present and Future

Presentation of the publication

The story of prisons is described under the scope of gender, in a masculine-feminine dyad. In this story, women are often under-represented in an established connection between prison and the dominant patriarchal culture and legal systems, often thought of from the dominant male. Prison, as the majority solution, feeds a not-so-real view of reinsertion, transversal to men and women.
The monograph Gender and Prison Culture: Past, Present, and Future is open to all disciplinary views of prison, with a special focus on the treatment of gender in a developmental and multidisciplinary human rights construction. In this way, a broad and multidisciplinary debate is proposed from a constructivist and developmental perspective of the human rights of people in prison in general and women in prison in particular.
The publication will thus bring together proposals that embody descriptive studies on theoretical, methodological or social research issues in general, as well as empirical research relevant to gender and prison culture research, from a past, present and future perspective of the problem.
The main objective is to develop academic dialogue on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies with attention on the humanization of incarcerated populations, as well as gender issues in all their forms, at national, regional and international levels.
In these chapters, it is expected that there will be approaches to topics that reflect on good practices and methodologies in the field of intervention with inmates and that lead to the improvement of national and international policies; the reflection on the influence of gender in these systems, knowing the different intervention policies sensitive to it; on models, processes and/or institutions that reflect, among other topics, on the democratic validity of prison as a systematic and punitive element of the State, as well as the quality of life of people in prison and their interaction; on youth and involvement with the justice system; and also different intervention policies sensitive to gender.
The monograph is therefore open to multidisciplinary views and proposes to discuss the different theoretical perspectives, supported by general, legal, national and international literature and principles. Criticism of bankruptcies or policy successes in the promotion of egalitarian and inclusive societies as well as for the improvement of the justice system and the promotion of human rights in the prison field are worked on.

Keywords: Gender, prison, intersectionality, human rights, femininity


  • The articles to be submitted must be original, be scientifically rigorous and comply scrupulously with the normal editorials;
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  • Maximum of 10 pages (including all the elements that make up the text: pre-textual, textual elements and post-textual elements);
  • The articles must, besides the text, contain the following items:
    1. Title of the paper: in the written language (centered at the top of the page – top box, body 12 and bold) and title in English (centered at the top of the page – bottom box, body 12 and bold);
    2. Name of author(s) aligned to the left;
    3. In a footnote must be the qualification (affiliation and academic status);
    4. Abstract (between 200 and 400 words), 5 keywords (separated by semicolons); Both must be in the official language of the article and in English; (only if the article was not written in the latter language)
    5. Final considerations and references;
    6. No index.
    7. Images, graphics, underlining or similar are allowed.
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The submission is made by email to until 6:00 pm (Lisbon time) on the last day of the deadline – February 28th – with the subject “Call for Papers + Ref. of registration at SIGeP”.

Organizing Committee

Ana Guerreiro –
Guest assistant at ISMAI – University Institute of Maia and researcher in crime and gender. PhD student in Criminology, Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (FDUP).

Marco Ribeiro Henriques – /
Guest Assistant at Miguel Torga High Institute, Coimbra, and researcher in human rights. PhD student in law at the NOVA School of Law (NSL).

Daniela Serra Castilhos –
Assistant Professor at Universidade Portucalense. PhD in Human Rights from the University of Salamanca. Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module The European Union as a Global Player for Democracy and Fundamental Rights.