Opening Keynote

Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe. She is posing for a picture next to a book shelf. She is wearing glasses with a multicolored necklace and a blue blouse.

“Decarcerating Disability”

by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe

May 4th, 12 PM PDT

In her book Decarcerating Disability, Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe shows how disability/mad knowledges and histories should inform analysis of the closure of carceral enclosures—such as prisons, jails, psychiatric hospitals and residential institutions for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities—through the prism of abolition. In this presentation, Ben-Moshe will discuss key findings and themes from the book, focusing on the questions: what does an intersectional mad/disability framework brings to our understanding of decarceration and abolition? How did the concept of abolition play out in different arenas of incarceration—in anti-psychiatry, the field of intellectual disabilities and the fight against the prison industrial complex? What if we understand these forces in tandem as opposed to causal effects, i.e. deinstitutionalization caused the rise of incarceration and the rise of ‘the mentally ill’ in prisons and jails? This session will be recorded.

This is a picture of Dr. Ben Moshe's book, Decarcerating Disability. It has a white background with purple lettering. There is a green spiral that is off center on the left side of the cover. The title Decarcerating Disability is imposed onto the green spiral. Near the title the green spiral become more translucent and starts to break off into pieces.

Liat Ben-Moshe is an Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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) She is an activist-scholar working at the intersection of incarceration, abolition, and disability/madness.

Please note that the opening keynote slides will only be available to download here through May 12th. For accessible copies of the slides after this date, please contact Dr. Ben-Moshe.

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