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Visiting Fellows 2011-2012



Dominique Moran, University of Birmingham

“Welfare, Gender and Agency: Women’s Imprisonment in Russia”
Fellowship period: August 1 – September 30, 2011

Dominique Moran is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK, where she is also a member of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES). She gained her PhD in Human Geography from Oxford University in 2001, and her research since then has pioneered geographical enquiry into poverty, marginalisation, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the post-socialist region. Her current work in carceral geography draws upon a recently completed ESRC-funded collaborative international interdisciplinary project blending human geography and criminology/prison sociology in the study of the Russian penal system to investigate geographies of imprisonment for women.

Her recent publications include: Moran, D. J Pallot & L Piacentini (2011) ‘The Geography of Crime and Punishment in the Russian Federation’ Eurasian Geography and Economics 52 1 79-104, and Moran, D., Pallot, J. & Piacentini, L. (2009) Lipstick, Lace & Longing: Constructions of Femininity inside a Russian Prison, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 27(4) 700-720

Abstract of current research:
This research project will examine welfare, gender and agency within Russian women’s prisons. It will extend and develop an existing programme of work (funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, conducted with Professor Judith Pallot at Oxford University and Dr Laura Piacentini at Strathclyde University in the UK) exploring women’s experience of imprisonment in contemporary Russia. Whereas the existing research project focused on the geography of imprisonment (the impact of distance between home and the place of incarceration on women’s experience of imprisonment and their reintegration into society after release), the research for this Fellowship will centre more closely around the experiences of women inside places of incarceration, and relate this to wider developing debates within human geography and gender studies. Specifically, it will engage with women’s use of penal space inside prison; challenging the assumed binary between ‘public’ and ‘private’ spaces in prison, and the associated corporeal experiences of imprisonment in relation to pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood, adolescence and ageing, to explore the ways in which women in Russian prisons internalise or contest the penal regime in their everyday existences.

The project will draw upon extensive qualitative research materials generated through the ESRC project, and will comprise of an intensive period of engagement with data analysis and writing. The data comprise interviews with over two hundred female prisoners, interviewed both during incarceration and after release, as well as interviews with prison officers and local inhabitants of several Russian penal regions. The research will generate research contributions with a strongly theoretical focus, in the development of ‘carceral geography’. The strong regional focus of this work in Russia speaks not only to Area Studies literatures, but also to a broader, cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary audience in geography, gender studies and prison sociology.

Email: d.moran [at]
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