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October 29-30, 2024
Virtual

Call for Proposals

Save the date for the inaugural Incarcerated Scholars Conference on October 29-30, 2024!

This virtual conference will feature currently incarcerated scholars who will share their insights on the value, methods, and future of higher education in prison. This year’s theme, Vital Voices and Visions: Insights on Higher Education in Prison, reflects on the importance of centering incarcerated students in the shaping of our field. Join us for this annual event - free and open to all!

We welcome people who are currently incarcerated (or a proxy!) to submit a proposal for a 30-minute Zoom presentation or a creative work that we may feature during the conference.

Have questions? Email us at isc@higheredinprison.org.

timeline:

  • July 17: Proposals Due
  • August 1: Notification of Proposal Acceptance
  • August 15: Registration Opens and List of Presentations Released
  • October 29-30: Conference

Submit Your Proposal Today

Presentation Proposals

We invite students and former students of higher education in prison programs who are currently incarcerated to contribute to our conference by submitting a presentation proposal. This is your chance to share your experiences, insights, and ideas with a wider audience. Each live presentation will be 30 minutes long, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the audience.

Ready to submit your proposal? Click the button below to access our online portal.

If you are unable to submit via the online portal, you can still share your ideas with us. Simply download the PDF by clicking the button below, fill it out, and email it to isc@higheredinprison.org.

Creative Submissions

Calling all artists and creatives! The Incarcerated Scholars Conference will feature art from currently incarcerated people. We encourage all forms of submissions including audio, video, performance, poetry, and more. Creative submissions will not be presented by the artist at the conference, but can be pre-recorded (if applicable) or will be displayed/presented/read by conference staff. All submissions should be under 5 minutes in duration. Written submissions should be brief enough to be read aloud in less than 5 minutes.

Ready to submit your creative work? Click the button below to access our online portal.

If you are unable to submit via the online portal, you can still share your art with us. Simply download the PDF by clicking the button below, fill it out, and email it to isc@higheredinprison.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can someone read my paper for me if I don’t have access to Zoom/internet?

Yes. Please have your proxy reach out to us at isc@higheredinprison.org to discuss making this arrangement.

What if presenters can only present at a specific time?

Please indicate all times when you are available when you submit your proposal.

What if the presenter’s facility says there can be no cross-communication?

The only communication option available during presentations will be the webinar Q&A function, which will be moderated by Alliance staff (no open chat).

Can a proxy/presenter call into the Zoom (audio only)?

Yes.

Is this open to the public? 

Yes.

Is pre-registration required? 

Yes.

What is the media release for? 

You should sign the media release if you would like:

  • your submission to be used for promotional purposes;
  • your presentation to be recorded and/or shared publicly; or
  • access to a recording of your session.

Do you have a hard copy of the media release? 

Yes, you can download the media release, call for submissions, and proposal forms at www.higheredinprison.org/isc or by requesting them via email at isc@higheredinprison.org.

Is it better for group presentation participants to be on individual or combined Zooms? 

Whichever is best for the presenters!

Are there just four panels per day? How many presenters each day?

There are four sessions of scholarly presentations and one creative presentation session each day.

Each scholarly session can accommodate one live presentation (individual or group) that includes 30 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A with attendees. The creative session will feature multiple presentations of artworks (poetry, painting, drawings, dancing, singing, music, etc.).

Creative submissions will not be presented by the artist at the conference, but can be submitted as recordings (if applicable) or displayed/presented/read by conference staff.