Radical transfeminist perspectives on justice

Event Date: 22 – 24 June 2017
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck Main Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:

Feminist Emergency – International Conference

Panel 12:

Radical transfeminist perspectives on justice

What are radical trans-feminist perspectives and what do they bring to current debates about criminal justice? How can trans and gender-queer feminisms help to address urgent problems around violence, prisons and police?
Trans and gender non-conforming people in Britain, particularly those from communities of colour and working class backgrounds, frequently find themselves in the crossfires of criminal justice policy and practice. Whether encountering the criminal justice system as survivors of violence, or as those who are criminalised, punished and imprisoned, most trans and gender non-conforming people find little protection or support from police, courts and prisons. Instead, the criminal justice system enacts and facilitates high levels of discrimination, violence and harm. In response, community organisers, academics and activists are asking important questions about how to challenge the limits and failures of criminal justice and what is needed to enact new and better forms of social justice.
This panel will consider what radical queer, trans and antiracist feminisms can bring to these discussions, particularly in relation to current debates around prison abolition, hate crime legislation, deaths in custody and questions of justice more broadly.
Chryssy Hunter (London Metropolitan University)
Nat Raha (University of Sussex)
Kuchenga Shenje (Activist and Writer)
Mijke van der Drift (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Wail Qasim (Activist and Writer)
Chair: Sarah Lamble (Birkbeck, University of London)



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