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Image of Liat Ben-Moshe sitting in her wheelchair addressing a crowd of people at the University of Florida, Gainesville. A woman in the crowd is holding a microphone and asking a question to Liat.


Past Events/ Talks/ Webinars 

Resisting Carceral Sanism (September, 2023).  In this session of Socialism 23, Death Panel podcast co-host, Beatrice Adler-Bolton, is joined by Liat Ben-Moshe and Leah Harris to discuss the increasing wave of policies and legislation—from Eric Adams’ stance on involuntary hospitalization to Gavin Newsom’s Care Courts—that seek to criminalize madness and people with intellectual disabilities. They also discuss why it is so critical for the left to work against these policies, and how to understand the politics of what Ben-Moshe has termed “carceral sanism.” Livestreamed recording is captioned and ASL interpreted. Access recording by clicking below or here

Disability, Madness, Liberation: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition (Sept 3, 2022).  Talk for Socialism 22, Haymarket, Chicago. Includes discussion and definitions of ableism, "Mental Illness", deinstitutionalization, mental health in prison, labor and unions resistance to decarceration, parent and sibling movements for liberation and more. Livestreamed recording is captioned and ASL interpreted. Access recording by clicking below or here

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Beyond Alternatives: Disability, Madness and Prison Abolition (May 21, 2021). Angela Y. Davis, Beth Richie, Liat Ben-Moshe, Maya Schenwar, and Victoria Law in conversation about their books, the entanglement of punishment and treatment, the carceral state and social work, Palestine, AAPI violence and more. Recording is captioned and ASL interpreted. Access recording by clicking below or here

Decarcerating Disability: A Talk & Conversation with Dylan Rodríguez and the students of MCS 201 (“Racial-Colonial [State] Violence”) (October 2023). Discussion with Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside, on (state) violence, abolition and disability/madness. Includes captions, ASL and transcript here

Decarcerating Disability: The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at UIUC (October 2023). Themes from the book "Decarcerating Disability" with a focus on crip/mad of color critique of incarceration and dis-epistemologies of abolition. Includes captions and transcript here

SSSP 2022 Author Meets Critics: Liat Ben-Moshe, Decarcerating Disability. Society for the Study of Social Problems conference (August 2022). Organizer: Susila Gurusami, University of Illinois Chicago. Discussants: S.M. Rodriguez, London School of Economics and Political Science and Dylan Rodriguez, University of California, Riverside. The framework offered in the book is an important intersectional contribution to the study of social problems and our current political moment of activating the “Sociological Reimagination” for abolition and liberation for racial-disability justice.

Willful Subjects*: Decolonizing the Psychiatric Institution. Featuring Liat Ben-Moshe, Emily Ng, Camille Robcis, and Lara Sheehi, moderated by Ann Pellegrini. Feb 23, 2022. Part of Barnard Center for Research on Women’s The Scholar and Feminist Conference 2022 - Living in Madness: Decolonization, Creation, Healing. Recording is captioned and ASL interpreted. Access recording by clicking below or here

Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization, Disability Justice, and Prison Abolition. October 21, 2021.  Liat Ben-Moshe in conversation with Susanna Blumenthal, William L. Prosser Professor of Law and Professor of History, U of Minnesota and Nathan Stenberg, PhD Candidate, Department of Theatre Arts & Dance, U of Minnesota. Moderated by Angela Carter, Access and Inclusion Pedagogy Specialist, Minnesota Transform. Presented by the Institute for Advanced Study, Minnesota Transform: A Just University for Just FuturesCritical Disability Studies Collective, and University of Minnesota Law School. Recording is captioned and can be accessed HERE

2021 Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Inaugural Committee on Accessibility, Disability, and Inclusion Panel: Future Directions in Continental Philosophy of Disability. September 24, 2021. Speakers: Liat Ben-Moshe, UIC, “Abolition and Crip/Mad of Color Critiques; Corinne Lajoie, Pennsylvania State U: “Crip Disorientations and the Complexity of Belonging;” and Nirmala Erevelles, U of Alabama: “Crippin’ Empire: De/Colonization at the Intersections.” Recording is captioned and can be accessed HERE

 Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition. Keynote in Seattle Journal for Social Justice (SJSJ) and the American Indian Law Journal (AILJ) symposium, entitled Beyond Rights: Critical Discussions on Disability Justice, March 4, 2022. 

2021 American Studies Association session: Criminal Injustice as Disability injustice: Revolting against the Carceral State. October 12 2021. Incarceration Survivors/Zero Violence Project Organizers: Imagining  Disability Justice Together: Carol Moeller, Moravian College; Hasshan Batts, Promise Neighborhood; Carceral Protectionism and the Perpetually (In)Vulnerable- SM Rodriguez, LSE; H Rakes, Oregon State University; Liat Ben-Moshe, UIC. Recording is captioned and can be accessed HERE


Caged: Disability, Incarceration and the Destruction of Life Chances. (August 13, 2021) Featuring Liat Ben-Moshe and Leroy Moore, this event draws from Disability Justice and Critical Race Theory movements to confront and delineate the harms of mass incarceration and institutionalization. Moderated by Dr. Kaaryn Gustafson. Sponsored by Repair, the UCLA Disability Studies Program, and the Center on Law, Equality & Race (CLEAR) at the University of California-Irvine. Recording is captioned 

Book Launch for the release of Intolerable, the GIP archives in English translation. The Prisons Information Group (GIP) was a radical French prison resistance network (1970's), in which Michel Foucault was involved. Moderators: Kevin Thompson (DePaul University); Perry Zurn (American University). Speakers: Liat Ben-Moshe (University of Illinois, Chicago); Bernard Harcourt (Columbia University); Ren-Yo Hwang (Mount Holyoke College); Sarah Tyson (University of Colorado, Denver); Delio Vásquez (New York University). September 3, 2021 (not recorded)

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San Diego State University's Bread and Roses Feminist Research Colloquium presents: Feminist Abolition and Disability Justice (March 23, 2021). Liat Ben-Moshe, author of Decarcerating Disability, and Subini Annamma, author of The Pedagogy of Pathologization discuss the connections between racism, gender, pathologization and criminalization, the education system, state violence, anti Asian violence and forms of resistance. Recording is captioned (live talk was ASL interpreted)

Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies: Scholar-Activism in 2021. Longmore Institute's Annual lecture (March 4th 2021). Speakers: Aimi Hamraie, Liat Ben-Moshe, Jen White-Johnson, and Milton Reynolds (moderator) explore what disability justice & scholar-activism look like in 2021. Captioned and ASL interpreted

Decarcerating Disability. University of California San Diego , part of the "Materializing Abolition: Queer and Feminist Strategies" series (February 11, 2021)

Decarcerating Disability. Duke University , Health Humanities Lab (February 17, 2021). (Recorded for registered attendees; ASL interpreted and captioned)

Disability Justice, COVID, and Abolition, An American Studies Association 2020 Freedom Course  (Nov 15, 2020). Speakers: Mia Mingus - Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, Talila "TL" Lewis - (HEARD), Liat Ben-Moshe, moderated by Connie Wun - AAPI Women Lead. Captioned and ASL interperted. 

Abolition Teach-In at UIC, Session 3 (July 9 2020). Speakers: Dr. Barbara Ransby, Dr. Susila Gurusami, Dr. Nadine Naber, Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, Dr. Ronak Kapadia, and Dr. Rahim Kurwa. Captioned. 

Chicago's Fierce Feminist Book Party with Liat Ben-Moshe, Ghassan Moussawi, Nicole Nguyen, Sekile M. Nzinga, 

A. Naomi Paik, hosted by Nadine Naber (July 24 2020). ASL interpreted and captioned. 

Virtual conversation with Liat Ben-Moshe, Dean Spade and Erica Meiners in celebration of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition, hosted by Women and Children First Bookstore. Captioned and ASL interpreted  (June 12 2020) 

Image of Liat Ben-Moshe sitting in her wheelchair addressing a crowd of people at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is presenting a critique of incarceration on a powerpoint slide.

University of Florida, Gainesville (October 2019)

Liat sits at a long table as a part of a panel discussion with two other people. Liat, a white presenting woman with short red hair and glasses, is looking at a Black woman that appears to be asking her a question or discussing a point with her.

UNC Greensboro, February 2019

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