Resisting Carceral Nation States: The Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition

Next weekend (Thursday night-Sunday night) is the Fifteenth International Conference on Penal Abolition.  The conference is being held in at the University of Ottawa, on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Territory currently occupied by the Canadian carceral state.

The conference will be happening from June 12 to 15, bringing together dozens of speakers from around the world to discuss the plague of prisons, anti-prison activism, and research on the evolution of incarceration and resistance to it.

We will be tabling at the conference with lots of books from Kersplebedeb, PM Press, AK Press, and many other radical publishers, focusing on prisoners’ resistance and other struggles.

Most of the conference is happening at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences (see map), though there are also events happening elsewhere:


June 12 – Pre-conference
Artists Against State Repression: Open Stage and Art Exhibition
Café Nostalgica
603 Cumberland Street
7:00pm to 10:00pm

June 13 – Day 1
Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private, lobby – 1st floor
8:00am to 5:30pm

June 14 – Day 2
Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private, room 4004 – 4th floor
8:30am to 5:30pm

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING Alumni Auditorium in the University Centre (UCU)
The Shadow of Lucasville
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Followed by a discussion with survivors of the Lucasville uprising calling from death row at Ohio’s supermax prison

June 15 – Day 3
Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private, room 4004 – 4th floor
8:30am to 1:00pm

The conference’s schedule can be downloaded or viewed at

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