A 50 years ‘celebration’: Examining 5 decades of Mass Incarceration and Gender Studies

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Distinguished Lecture in Psychology, featuring Raquel Matos of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, who will speak on “A 50 years ‘celebration’: Examining 5 decades of Mass Incarceration and Gender Studies.”

"2023 marked 50 years of mass incarceration, as the number of prisons and the population behind bars have dramatically increased globally over the past five decades. The early 2020s also marked half a century of research into gender, violence, and social control — a thematic focus that has defined my academic journey. As I coincidentally celebrated my 50th birthday in 2023, in this lecture I propose to reflect on the evolution of my field of study throughout my lifetime. I will begin by drawing a picture of prisons and gender and crime studies from 1973 to 2023, to discuss the advances (or setbacks) in incarceration policies and in the response to the critiques of the feminist perspectives in criminology over those 50 years. To conclude, I will question whether the starting point for the forthcoming years differs from the circumstances we faced five decades ago, regarding gender and incarceration."
Period30 Apr 2024
Held atUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County, United States, Maryland