Race, Mental Health and State Violence


Event Date: 9 – 10 April 2018
Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Sq
London WC1E 7JL

Birkbeck School of Law presents:

Race, Mental Health and State Violence

A Two-Day Symposium

There are many ways to understand how the state regulates and controls those within its domain along and between the lines of race and mental health. Whilst these two categories cannot be disentangled from the myriad other ways in which we are called upon by the state, reading race and mental health together may allow us to revisit the ways the state positions many of us along the axes of atavistic and civilized, fragility and strength, capability and incapacity, malice and disinterest, redeemable and irredeemable. A close and creative analysis of these logics, their contemporary and historic manifestations, and forms of resistance to these such logics may help us to imagine the possibilities for a different type of future world. These will be the themes of this two-day symposium.

Whilst the first day is dedicated to engaging with policy and legal frameworks for understanding the interaction between the state (predominantly policing institutions) and civilians at the intersection of race, gender and mental health, the second day aims to examine ‘the state’ more broadly. Using a range of disciplinary perspectives from the humanities, arts and social sciences, the second day aims to critically examine the field of tension at the interface of the state logics of race and mental health.

PROGRAMME(.pdf)

DAY 1 – 9th April 2018

Welcome by Monish Bhatia (Birkbeck) and Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck)

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Keynote 1
Marcia Rigg (UFFC and Sean Rigg Justice Campaign) – The Death of Sean Rigg: 10 Years On
DISCUSSANT: Deborah Coles (Inquest)
CHAIR: Nadine El-Enany (Birkbeck) University of London
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ADDITIONAL MATERIAL:
Press conference on Angiolini Review:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Angiolini Review [Full text]
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Panel 1: Critical Intersections

Fatima Rajina (SOAS) – Intersections of Muslimness, Race, Gender & Mental Health
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Vanessa-Eileen Thompson (Goethe University Frankfurt) – Arrested Safety: Intersectional Police Violence, Neoliberal Securitization and Abolitionist Visions

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Zin Derfoufi (University of Warwick) – Reinstitutionalization in an age of deinstitutionalization
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Dinesh Napal (SOAS) – Law and Violence at the Intersection of Race and Mental Health in the Custody Environment
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Panel 2: Immigration Control

Andreja Mesaric (The McPin Foundation) – Race, Mental Health and Immigration Control: Insights from Community Based Peer Support
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Monish Bhatia (Birkbeck) – Mental Health and State Violence in the Asylum Process

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Keynote 2
Camille Nelson (American University, Washington DC) – Racializing Disability, Disabling Race
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Day 2 – 10th April 2018

Panel 3: Detention

Serene John-Richards (Birkbeck) – Risk-Assessments and Pre – Emptive Detentions: A Genealogy of Institutional Racism

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Kristine Harris (Medical Justice) – Mental Health and Immigration Detention
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Panel 4: Coloniality

Leticia Paes (Birkbeck ) – The Colonial Logic of the Mental Health System

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Eddie Bruce-Jones (Birkbeck) – Returnees during Indenture: Mental Health and Colonial Enterprise
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Keynote 3

La Marr Jurelle Bruce (University of Maryland) – How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind

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