DECARCERATING DISABILITY virtual event with The New Press and Liat Ben-Moshe

Liat Ben-Moshe will join a virtual event with The New Press on Friday, May 21 for a discussion of her book, DECARCERATING DISABILITY.
When May 21, 2021
from 14:00 PM to 15:45 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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This vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draws important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarcerationLiat Ben-Moshe will join a virtual event with The New Press on Friday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. (3:00 Eastern) for a discussion of her book, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition. She will be joined by Angela Y. Davis, Beth Richie, Maya Schenwar, and Victoria Law for a conversation about disability, madness, and prison abolition. Please register here to receive the virtual meeting information.

Liat Ben-Moshe provides case studies that show how prison abolition is not an unattainable goal but rather a reality, and how it plays out in different arenas of incarceration—antipsychiatry, the field of intellectual disabilities, and the fight against the prison-industrial complex. Her analysis of lived experience, history, and culture charts a way out of a failing system of incarceration.

"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!" —Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz

"In Decarcerating Disability, Liat Ben-Moshe carefully and incisively models an intersectional approach to abolition grounded in feminist, queer, and crip of color critique. Moving beyond demands for inclusion and critiques of overrepresentation, Ben-Moshe makes a powerful and persuasive case for a disability studies that recognizes state violence as central to its work and the carceral industrial complex as a site for queer coalitions for racial and disability justice. In so doing, she paves the way for thinking not only disability and disability studies differently, but also liberation itself." —Alison Kafer, University of Texas at Austin