Parrhesia and Prison

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Abstract

A prisoner is rarely in a position to engage in dialogue with society regarding his or her experience of prison as it is lived. Such conversations require parrhesia - ‘speaking one’s mind’ or ‘fearless speech’—on the one hand and listening on the other. Working as a teacher and artist with prisoners for over ten years, video-artist/filmmaker Jonathan Cummins aimed to create a space, which was autonomous to the gaze of the prison, a place where participants were free to speak and enquire on their terms. What emerged was a collaborative process where the balance of knowledge and its framing relied on the prisoner. The films that developed from this engagement offer us new insights about prison and prisoner in a process that positions prisoner as citizen.

Conference

Conference
Experiencing Prison: 6th Global Conference. Probing the Boundaries
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period6/05/158/05/15
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prisoner
correctional institution
artist
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conversation
video
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citizen
teacher
experience

Keywords

  • Prison. Parrhesia. Paramilitary. Political prisoner. Ireland. Art. Film. Ideology. Listening. Pedagogy.

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Cummins, J. (Accepted/In press). Parrhesia and Prison. In Unknown Host Publication
Cummins, Jonathan. / Parrhesia and Prison. Unknown Host Publication. 2015.
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Experiencing Prison: 6th Global Conference. Probing the Boundaries, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 6/05/15.

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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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