Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition
A talk by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe
Tuesday, April 18th 5pm
Center for British and Irish Studies, 5th floor Norlin Library
Recent scholarship and activism paint a troubling picture of mass incarceration. But disability and madness and their histories of oppression and resistance are largely missing from this analysis. For example- the erasure of the most massive exodus of people from carceral spaces in the U.S., deinstitutionalization. In contrast, Dr. Ben-Moshe shows how disability/mad knowledges and histories should inform analysis of the abolition of prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals and disability residential institutions for the liberation of us all.
About the Speaker: Liat Ben-Moshe is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist working at the intersection of disability/madness, incarceration/decarceration and abolition. She is the author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition (University of Minnesota Press 2020) and co-editor (with Allison Carey and Chris Chapman) of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave 2014). Dr. Ben-Moshe is an Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more: https://www.liatbenmoshe.com/
This event will also be broadcast as a webinar. To attend virtually click here https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/91009887576