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Duke HHL: Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition

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

Liat Ben-Moshe

“Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition”

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The Health Humanities Lab is happy to announce this upcoming event: a talk by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe on her new book, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition, followed by discussion with participants.

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 draws important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration.

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!”

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This event is funded with support from the Human Rights Futures grant.

Event Contact

Meyerhoff, Eli