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Thinking Through Motherhood and Incarceration

Thinking Through Motherhood and Incarceration

June 8, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm


MaMSIE (Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) with support from Clinks, 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?

Anne Fox, Chief Executive, Clinks will be chairing the event. For more information on speakers, click on the programme tab. 

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The meeting will be chaired by Anne Fox, Chief Executive, Clinks

2 PM: Arrival and coffee

2:10: Opening remarks

2.20 - 3.30: Panel 1
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
Anastasia Chamberlen - Lecturer at the University of Warwick in criminology and sociology, researcher on feminist theory and women’s experiences of imprisonment

Discussion and audience Questions

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45 - 5:00: Panel 2
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
Karen Graham- Lecturer at Newman University
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

Discussion and audience questions

5:00: Close