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Expressions of Punishment: Emotions, Identities and Lived Experiences in English Prisons

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Academic: Anastasia Chamberlen

Anastasia Chamberlen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She conducts research into the sociology of punishment and prisons, with a focus on feminist theory and the study of emotions, embodiment and health.

Associate Artists and Organisations:
Ian Pringle - Face Up Theatre

Face Up Theatre create performances which invite their audience to engage with questions and attitudes towards social justice. Anastasia is working with Face Up to put up a production of one their workshops, called The Chamber, which focuses on enabling civic and political participation.

Saul Hewish - Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation)

Saul Hewish co-founded Rideout, which uses an arts based approach to work with prisoners and prison staff. He is a tutor in the Theatre Studies department at the University of Warwick.

Charlotte Weinberg - Safe Ground

Charlotte Weinberg is the Executive Director of the award winning criminal justice arts organisation Safe Ground. Through drama, dialogue and debate, Safe Ground, enhance empathy and encourage expression and promote social justice. They’ve developed various prison-based as well as community based programmes that focus on building relationships, aim to reduce the stigma faced by the families of people in prison, improve access to and diversify educational activities in prison, and create alternatives to traditional punishment and exclusion, proven to be so ineffective.

Anita Dockley - Howard League for Penal Reform, Emma Murray (FACT) and artist Hwa Young Jung

Hwa Young Jung is an award winning multidisciplinary designer working in the arts, cultural and sciences, facilitating collaborative workshops and projects. She’s been involved in grass-roots led community spaces, makers and artists in Manchester and the North for over five years and has worked with Anita Dockley, Research Director of the Howard League and Emma Murray from FACT (Foundation of Arts Creative Technology) to develop the Probationary Game.

What can we learn about justice from people who have been in prison? Does prison work? How might we address the problems raised by crime and punishment?

Expressions of Punishment explores prisoners’ experiences of the criminal justice system in the light of the current prison crisis. It encourages participants to consider what life inside prison is like, and to engage with questions about social justice and prison reform.

Dr Chamberlen’s events will draw on her research on experiences of imprisonment and social attitudes towards punishment, opening up the debate about the current crisis in English prisons. Her research findings will be showcased through a range of interactive activities that invite visitors to engage directly with the experiences of those caught up in the criminal justice system. These will include a Human Library with former prisoners sharing their stories and answering questions on their lived experiences, an opportunity for visitors to debate and observe a fictionalized parliamentary chamber by playing in The Chamber, and a chance to play the probation game.

These events are aimed at anyone with an interest in the criminal justice system, prisons, punishment or more generally anyone interested in issues of social inequality, political participation and social justice, including members of the public, justice practitioners and policy makers and grassroots organisations.

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