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Sociology Events

October 2023

Dr. Cesraéa Rumpf, Associate Director of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago
Narratives of Identity: Faith, Recovery, and the Invasive Reach of Carceral Control
Monday, October 16 
4:00 PM, SFH 202

In this talk, author Cesraéa (Chez) Rumpf will draw upon her work with formerly incarcerated women to examine the invasive impact of criminalization on one’s very sense of identity. Based on criminalized women’s narratives and photographs they created to document their experiences of incarceration, this talk will consider what happens when faith- and abstinence-based recovery discourses become a central part of the criminalization process and how women creatively engage these limiting discourses to nevertheless claim their humanity and dignity. A free digital e-copy of Chez’ recently published book,  Recovering Identity: Criminalized Women’s Fight for Dignity and Freedom , is available at .

Courtney Irby - Associate Professor of Sociology

Department - Sociology & Anthropology