peripheries 7
jails unprisoned
october | 2021

Peripheries, our bi-annual, thematic magazine published in four languages, is, above all, an agency of ideas. Characterized by its plurality of genders, languages, and narratives, and a conceptual, critical, vindicating, and propositive character in the field of alternatives, Peripheries combines multiple dimensions and perspectives, thus overcoming narratives of mere denunciation and grievance. This is our central understanding and launching point for Peripheries 7, Jails unprisioned dedicated to an active hope for a “world without prisons,” and the recognition of the potencies present in spaces of confinement.

This edition has a propositive perspective, highlighting alternatives to incarceration and standing as a counterpoint to the hegemonic punitivistic logic. We thus value dimensions of critical academia, good journalism, and artistic production, as well as testimonies of experience and reflections from within the prison system.

In this way, we will bring visibility to the experiences and propositions of different subjects, individuals, and collectives, in the textual genres proposed below, with greater emphasis given to those who have passed through situations of incarceration and those that act in this social field, as well those that operate in the system, editorial and artistic collectives, human rights defenders, representatives from the judiciary, and State agents that deal with the issue of prisons.

The reality of policies of social, ethnic, racial, and gender-based segregation, as well as the effective loss of citizenship (even upon returning to society), form the basis of the propositive character of Peripheries 7. At the same time, this issue will propose paths for overcoming the contemporary phenomenon of imprisonment. In effect, if punitivism drives incarceration, its counterpoint stands firmly on the side of the right to liberty, valuing alternative conceptions of conflict resolution and safeguarding human dignity.

Such readings broaden our comprehension of both mass and selective incarceration, as well as the viability of decarceration, as experiences in different territories and countries demonstrate.

editorial guide 

Peripheries takes the manifestation and appreciation of the Potency of the Peripheries as its guiding editorial line. Collaboration proposals submitted should consider and attend to this principle. For more information see the Letter from Maré and "The Paradigm of Potency and the Pedagogy of Coexistence."

We wish to emphasize that the concept of the Periphery should be considered broadly, extrapolating the urban sphere and contemplating non-hegemonic peripheral realities. As such, we consider the Periphery to include populations and territories composed of the indigenous, quilombolas, religious/ethnic minorities, and Romani peoples, as well as questions of ethnicity and race, gender, LGBTQ+, refugees, and migration.

proposals and submissions

Submissions will be accepted until August 1 at Peripheries accepts submissions in Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French in accordance with the details specified below in each editorial category.

The Journal accepts submissions that have appeared elsewhere for publication (maximum one other publication platform).

  • article
    article up to 2500 words.
  • short story
     short story up to 2000 words.
  • statement
    personal statement containing up to 2500 words.
  • photographic essay
    Collections of photographs on the same theme, containing between 5 and 10 images, with an introductory text. Photographs should be sent in low resolution for consideration. In case of approval, we will send technical specifications for publication. 
  • visual arts
    Image production — comics, cartoons, graffiti, painting, engraving, wood engraving, artistic interventions, interventions in space, and all other image-based artistic expressions —, with an introductory text. Images should be sent in low resolution for consideration, with due credit when necessary. In case of approval, we will send technical specifications for publication.

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peripheries 6

Jorge Barbosa


Patrícia Santos


Fernando Fernandes


Daniel Martins de Araújo

Executive Editor and Translator

Juliana Barbosa

Illustrator and Designer

Mariane Del Rei

Communication Coordinator

Piê Garcia

Social Media

Paloma Calado


Bira Carvalho

Photo Curator

Felipe Moulin


Edmund Ruge

Translator and Proofreader

Jemima Alves


Déborah Spatz

Translator and Proofreader

Ana Rivas

Translator and Proofreader

Mariana Costa


Jackson Schmiedek


Stephanie Reist


Rane de Souza


João Calixto


Gabriela de Sousa Nunes


Lemuel Robinson


Erina Tolandal

Communication assistant

Kevin Boreh

Communication assistant

Editorial Board

Alberto Aleixo


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Conceição Evaristo


Cleber Ribeiro

Institute for Thought and Action in Defense of Democracy

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Danieli Balbi


Eliana Sousa Silva

Redes da Maré | UNIperipheries

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fernanda Nobre

Fundação Tide Setubal

São Paulo, Brazil

Gersem Baniwa

São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Amazonas


Henrique Frota

Pólis Institute

São Paulo, Brazil

Jailson de Souza e Silva


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Johan Leman

Foyer vzw

Brussels, Belgium

Luciana Ribeiro


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Marcelo Paixão

University of Texas


Marta Lança



Maryuri Grisales

SUR Journal - Conectas

São Paulo, Brazil

Miguel de Barros


Guinea Bissau

Neiva Vieira


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pablo Vitale

ACIJ - Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Raquel Willadino

Observatório de Favelas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sai Bourothu

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative


Sofia José Santos

CES - Center for Social Studies

Coimbra, Portugal

Tatiana Moura



Tiganá Santana


Theresa Williamson

Catalytic Communities

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Zukiswa Wanner

Afrolit Sans Frontieres

South Africa| Kenya

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Anelise Estivalet
Audrey Brodu
Bruna Macedo de Oliveira
Bruno Ferrão
Bruno Thomassin
Catalina Estrada
Catalina Portales
Cecilia Dinardi
Chloe Villalobos
Cinthia Itati
Daniela Yumi Fujiwara
Débora De Aranha Haupt
Desirée Poets
Diego Giovanni Vargas
Enora Lessinger
Eulálio Marques Borges
Gabriela Minuzzo
Gabriela Nascimento
Gabriela Ullauri
Gisele dos Santos Nascimento
Giulia Gambassi Mendes
Jávier Méndes
Jéssica Pessoa
João Daniel Martins Alves
Jonis Qasim
Jose David Rosales Alferes
Julia Spence
Julian Konopelsk
Laura Chaillet
Lemuel Robinson
Louis Souleliac
Luciano Santos
Mariana Komatsu
Maria do Rosario Piloto Martins
Mario René Rodríguez Torres
Marion Mercader
Mark Prunella Miller
Miguel Bravo Madrid
Miguel Bustamante
Milena do Carmo Lima
Mirella do Carmo Botaro
Mohammad Mobasheramini
Nasser Alswan
Nazmul Haque
Nedzad Dahic
Nicolas Quirion
Rafael Magalhães
Renata Peppl
Rocio Esther González Fariña
Rosa Faria
Samuel Van Ransbeeck
Santosh Kumar
Shawn Provost
Sol Ahumada
Suelen Ramos
Tomas Amorim
Vargas Rodríguez

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