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Punishing Trauma: The Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

April 26 @ 9:00 am - April 27 @ 3:30 pm

Punishing Trauma: A Conference on the Collateral Consequences of Incarceration

Although the problem of mass incarceration has recently received more wide-spread scrutiny, the negative consequences of incarceration on children, families, and communities still receive less attention and remain under addressed and poorly understood. Punishing Trauma aims to provide an interdisciplinary space for conversations between academic researchers and community-based practitioners who study, work with, and confront these pressing concerns. Academic perspectives must be in conversation with community perspectives for justice to be truly served.

Punishing Trauma will feature doctoral students in any discipline on topics examining the impact and consequences of punishment and surveillance, broadly conceived, on children, families, and communities. The conference will also feature community organizers and activists, policy-makers, and individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration and mass supervision, who are currently working to mitigate these impacts, and who bring invaluable experience and critical perspectives, linking academic and community perspectives.

Equitable responses to mass incarceration and mass supervision require transdisciplinary and community-based solutions. Punishing Trauma intends to serve as a venue for these crucial connections and conversations.

Childcare Assistance: In an effort to make our conference more accessible to all, we are seeking to provide childcare assistance for those who may need need it in order to participate in, or attend the conference.


If you may need childcare, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/OZfoeXFN4kRClJj82


In Memory of Devon Tyrone Wade, PhD
At his untimely passing, Devon Wade was completing his last year as a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. An accomplished scholar-activist, Devon’s research was borne out of, and driven by, community needs. His dissertation examined how schools develop responses to children impacted by trauma, such as having incarcerated parents.
Devon was posthumously awarded his PhD by Columbia University in May of 2018. Punishing Trauma is organized in his memory, in order to bring together like-minded scholars and activists to address the pressing issues that Devon dedicated his life to.

Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Department of Sociology, Columbia University
Department of Sociology, Barnard College
Columbia Justice Lab
Center for Justice at Columbia University



April 26 @ 9:00 am
April 27 @ 3:30 pm
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