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Cell blockIn a two-part series, philosopher Lisa Guenther introduces the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario and how its history – as the former home of hundreds of incarcerated women, and the site of unethical human experiments and other forms of prisoner abuse — is woven into the civic life of Kingston, raising challenging questions about the future of the property.

What happens to the memory and the materiality of the city when we treat former prisons as “heritage buildings” and forget the life stories of former prisoners in ordert to pave the way for development?  And how is this drive for development still haunted by the history of punishment and abuse that it tries to repress?