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Working with Incarcerated Communities: Representing Women in Prison on Screen
  This chapter considers public arts and humanities scholarship and practice in the context of penal institutions, with a focus on women’s prisons and film-making. It argues for a critical-reflective practice, highlighting the opportunities and challenges involved in university-prison engagement. The chapter offers a scholarly context for approaching the representation of incarcerated women and analyzes select examples of prison documentaries before moving on to a case study of On the Outside (2019), a film developed in conversation with women serving time at HMYOI Polmont. The case study highlights the benefits of co-creation while exposing hierarchies and other challenges that pose barriers to co-authorship in such settings. The chapter suggests new directions for the ethics and aesthetics of carceral film-making practices and prison-based public humanities.

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    05 November 2022

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    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Gray, P., & Schwan, A. (2022). Working with Incarcerated Communities: Representing Women in Prison on Screen. In A. Schwan, & T. Thomson (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (105-128). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.



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