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Abolitionist Intimacies

with El Jones
Hosted by Adrian Harewood

Abolitionist Intimacies

with El Jones
Hosted by Adrian Harewood
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
El Jones

Carleton University’s Adrian Harewood hosts a conversation with poet, journalist, professor and activist El Jones on her new book, Abolitionist Intimacies , which examines the movement to abolish prisons through the Black feminist principles of care and collectivity. 


Examining the history of prisons in Canada in their relationship to settler colonialism and anti-Black racism, Jones observes how practices of intimacy become imbued with state violence at carceral sites including prisons, policing and borders, as well as through purported care institutions such as hospitals and social work. The state also polices intimacy through mechanisms such as prison visits, strip searches and managing community contact with incarcerated people. Despite this, Jones argues, intimacy is integral to the ongoing struggles of prisoners for justice and liberation through the care work of building relationships and organizing with the people inside. 


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