Is prison a democratic space?


Following the success of the 1st edition of SIGeP, included in the 56th International Congress of Americanists, held in Salamanca in 2018, it is an honor to announce the II International Symposium on Gender and Prison Culture (SIGeP2020), which will take place in Coimbra (Portugal) on October 16 and 17, 2020, in a virtual/online format, under the question: Is prison a democratic space?

The story of prisons is narrated under the scope of gender, in a male-female dyad, where there is no place for diversity and there are no possibilities for the full achievement of the personality.
Women are often underrepresented in a connection established between prison and the dominant patriarchal culture and legal systems, often thought from the dominant masculine. This led us to question: Is prison a democratic space?
Prison, as a solution, keep the exotic vision of reintegration, which is transversal to men and women who momentarily seek to solve their most immediate problems outside the social order.

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;
  • Index the papers submitted to SCOPUS.


  • Gender-responsive intervention in prisons
  • Women in the prison system
  • Motherhood experiene in the prison context
  • Women’s invisibilities in the justice system
  • Perceptions of female prison guards in the prison system
  • Education and training in prison
  • Prisons, mental health and exclusion
  • Police intervention and Prisons
  • Ethical challenges of academic research in a prison context
  • Ethical challenges of academic research in confinement institutions
  • Ethnographic perspectives in prison: meanings of incarceration, conceptions of justice and subjectivities
  • The use of art in the prison context
  • Prisons, criminal organizations and conflict between prisoners and and justice system operators.
  • Narratives and prison media culture
  • Regional systems of human rights and human rights violations in prison
  • Sexuality and prison
  • Massive incarceration, prison reform policies and penal abolitionism
  • Ethics in the legal system professions
  • Human rights, business and prison
  • Adolescents in the socio-educational system
  • Criminalization of drugs and incarceration
  • Prison and migrations
  • Human rights, judicialization of life, criminal procedural guarantees, punitive power and restorative justice
  • Philosophical foundations, human rights and prison policy