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Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition

Liat Ben-Moshe is an activist-scholar-educator-researcher working at the intersection of incarceration, decarceration, abolition, and disability/madness. Her work aims to expand what counts as incarceration to include all carceral locales (including residential institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, psych facilities, and prisons/jails) and to connect deinstitutionalization, disability, and mad movements to prison abolition activism through an intersectional lens.

Her new book, Decarcerating Disability, is a vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draw important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration. The talk by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe on her new book, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition, will be followed by a discussion with participants.

Her talk will be on Wed. 2/17, 12pm-1:30pm, via Zoom.

(*For accessibility, captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided.*)

Please register for the Zoom event at this link.

Praise for the book from Angela Y. Davis: “Decarcerating Disability is a groundbreaking feminist study of the affinities, interrelations, and contradictions between prison abolition and psychiatric deinstitutionalization. Emphasizing the need for a more expansive field of critical carceral studies, Liat Ben-Moshe compellingly demonstrates the important lessons we can discover through serious engagements with radical disability movements. Scholars and activists alike should read this book without delay!”

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/851472238974918

For more info on Dr. Ben-Moshe, see here. For more info on the book and to read the intro, read here.

This event was sponsored by the Health Humanities Lab and cosponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI with support from the Human Rights Futures grant.


February 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm