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Thinking Through Motherhood and Incarceration

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Birkbeck, University of London

Malet Street

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MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) with support from Clinks, a membership organisation that supports voluntary organisations working in the Criminal Justice System, present an interdisciplinary panel on the situation of incarcerated mothers in the UK. The panel engages this issue from academic, practitioner, experiential and policy-based perspectives. The panel will discuss and consider the following broad questions.

  • What challenges are unique to mothers in prison?
  • What work is being done to support incarcerated mothers in the UK?
  • How can the struggles faced by incarcerated mothers be taken up as a significant and under-addressed interdisciplinary feminist issue?

The panel will also address the following specific concerns:

  • Are mother and baby prison units achieving their proposed goals?
  • What kinds of prenatal and postnatal care is offered to pregnant women in prison?

What impact does incarcerating mothers have on children and their communities?

Confirmed Speakers:

Lucy Baldwin- Senior Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University, editor of the Mothering Justice collection, and former social worker and probation officer

Naomi Delap- Director of Birth Companions, an organization that provides physical and emotional support to pregnant women and mothers in UK prisons

Laura Abbott- Undertaking a doctorate in health research at the University of Hertfordshire on the experience of being a pregnant woman in prison, teacher in midwifery care, and volunteer at Birth Companions and Hibiscus Initiatives

Shona Minson- DPhil in Criminology at Oxford University, studying the impact of maternal imprisonment on children, author of the “Motherhood as Mitigation” report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform, and member of the Barnardo’s and Department of Education I-Hop Academic/workforce development task force

Anastasia Chamberlen-Lecturer at the University of Warwick in criminology and sociology, researcher on feminist theory and women’s experiences of imprisonment

Karen Graham- Lecturer in working with children, young people, and families at Newman University, researcher on education systems and prison as sites of exclusion and control

The Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London convenes an annual Summer Programme of interdisciplinary events spanning the field of psychosocial studies. The Programme provides current and prospective students, staff and the general public with an opportunity to attend lectures, seminars and conferences with distinguished speakers from the UK and abroad, and to meet with lecturers and current students on our many academic and clinical programmes.

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