Submissions Information

We encourage proposals from currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, people directly impacted by the carceral system, activists, community organizers, artists, designers, students, faculty, and staff from IA member campuses and beyond, and others engaged in liberatory visioning and work. We especially encourage proposals that highlight collaboration, dialogue, community engagement, and creative forms of expression. 


Session Formats

Proposed sessions should be as interactive as possible, providing opportunities for sharing and co-creating practical and theoretical frameworks for engaged art, scholarship, and design. We ask that each session include a participatory component, such as break-out conversations, facilitated dialogue, individual reflections/meditations, and healing circles.

  • Performance, Actions, and Dialogue: These sessions provide the opportunity for performance-based engagement, with special interest in innovative approaches. Sessions must include ample opportunity for discussion and feedback.
  • Roundtable: Designed to facilitate discussion around a shared topic, issue, or action, roundtables begin with short statements (5-10 minutes) in response to questions distributed in advance by the organizer. The sessions then largely consist of discussion.
  • Workshop: A facilitator sets the agenda, poses opening questions, and organizes participant activities and discussions. The session can focus on specific skill development, problem-solving, resources for higher education-community partnerships, or work and conversation on particular issues.
  • Media Session: We welcome films, video or audio clips, or projects (entire or excerpts) that use new media. The viewing of or listening to media should not take up the entire session; presenters should build dialogue or other ways of engaging the audience into their proposed session descriptions.
  • Pecha Kucha: Brief 6-7 minute thought-collages of basic concepts. One slide is visible for exactly 20 seconds and exactly 20 slides are allowed. This format democratizes the presentations by keeping speakers to the same time limit. Speakers can then integrate core concepts of their talks into the group discussion that follows.


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