Lori Labotka, a temporary faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, organized a panel on the Anthropology of Prisons for the 2015 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, held in Denver, Col. on November 18–22. Her panel, titled “Joining the Conversation: Anthropological Inquiry into Mass Incarceration,” was sponsored by the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology.
The panel included scholars from anthropology and sociology and a human rights worker to foster dialog on the role of ethnography in understanding mass incarceration across the globe and advancing social justice for prisoners.
Labotka also presented her research on U.S. prisons on the panel. Her paper, titled “You’re Being Advised: The Role of Tickets in Prison Punishment,” explored the on-the-ground implications of prison punishment policies for women incarcerated in minimum-security conditions.