The Criminalization Subcommittee will focus on the ways that carceral logic and ideological commitments to punishment have become a site for activist and academic resistance. It will address how cultural, legal, and militarized forms of policing work to discipline, violate, and characterize people through gendered racist notions of normativity, including the policing of specific bodies, places, (perceived) bodily movements/behaviors, and institutional sites
(e.g. school, office, prison, stage, playground). To radically confront “criminalization” is to deal with the lived, ongoing historical connections between domestic war, incarceration, and the still-unfolding logics of racial chattel and settler conquest/colonization.