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Full Title: Foreign National Inmates and Prison Systems: Issues, Resources and Perspectives

Location: Siena, Italy
Start Date: 26-May-2017 - 27-May-2017
Contact: Antonella Benucci
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL:,_risorse_e_prospettive%E2%80%9D.htm
Meeting Description: The “RiUscire” project (2014 – 2017) is offering a discussion forum to some experts on forms and modalities for inmates’ rehabilitation. Experts can thus share views on an analysis proposal relevant to one of the most important issues of contemporary societies interested by strong migration flows: the management of linguistic and cultural diversity in a context of marginalisation like in prison.

During the Conference three macro topics will be developed: they are linked to teaching/learning foreign and second languages in prison, the training of prison staff and teachers, and the management of cultural diversities:

European policies on integration of diversity brought by migrants;
Management of diversity and of linguistic contacts in marginalized contexts for inmates;
Measures to counter radicalization leading to violence based on intercultural education.

Call for papers International Conference “Penitentiary systems and foreign detainees: problems, resources and perspectives”

The 2017 International Conference “Penitentiary systems and foreign detainees: problems, resources and perspectives” within the Erasmus+ Ka2 Project RiUscire will be held on May 26-27 2017 at the University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy.

The increase of the presence of foreign detainees in European prisons (40% of total population) and the gradual transformation of the European prison context in a multicultural reality determines the necessity to renovate the treatment programs and a major attention to the issues of intercultural communication and social mediation.

This overrepresentation, related to marginalization processes suffered by immigrants as a group at risk of social exclusion, requires a specific analysis and interventions devoted to the improvement of communication in the whole penitentiary context. The project “RiUscire” (Erasmus+ KA2) is founded on the enhancement of the conditions of the foreign detainee’s detention and on the aim of creating a model for communication and for linguistic and socio-professional empowerment of foreign inmates, teachers and prison staff, a model extended as a good practice in different European penitentiary contexts. The experience gained in the project demonstrates that it is possible and necessary to exploit and take advantage of the linguistic and cultural superdiversity of this context in order to transform it into a place where specialized competencies and preparation to the social reinsertion can be acquired.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 28.147

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