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OSU ADA30 Symposium Opening Keynote: "Decarcerating Disability" by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe
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?

May 4, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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