Save the Date – Extraction: Abolition Geography and the Problem of Innocence

Ruth Hopkins at ConHill

When: 22 June 2015

Where: Constitution Hill, 1 Kotze St, Johannesburg

Time: 17:30 for 18:00

A public lecture by Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Professor of Geography at the City University of New York) and an introduction from Ruth Hopkins (Wits Justice Project). This lecture examines the gendered role of mass criminalisation and incarceration in the everyday life of contemporary racial capitalism, demonstrating how and why – on both conceptual and practical levels – extraction links gold and prisons. Read more about the event, here.

Hopkins will talk about SA prison conditions, focusing on her research into a prison in Bloemfontein run by international security firm G4S, and on the public perception of criminal justice issues.

Ahead of the event, read some of Hopkins’ related research:

Mangaung’s hellish prison: G4S not held accountable for human rights violations

Private security industry under fire

South African prisoners sue G4S over torture claims

Mangaung prison is a private hell

G4S accused of holding South African prisoners in isolation illegally

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