Biography

Felicity (Flick) graduated with an LLB Hons in Law and an LLM (Distinction) in Law and Society from Keele University. Flick received an internal doctoral Graduate Teaching Assistantship scholarship and embarked on her PhD studies at Keele in autumn 2018.

With Dr Fabienne Emmerich, Flick is co-founder and co-facilitator of Read and Resist! a collective and collaborative web-platform that brings together a host of diverse community voices on all aspects of transformative justice. As part of their web platform, they have a monthly open digital reading group (Read and Resist!), a blog (Write and Resist!), a podcast (Listen and Resist!), and a YouTube Channel (Watch and Resist!).We accept contributions in all mediums that centre broadly on Transformative Justice. Visit Read and Resist! to share your ideas, and find out more about how you can get involved or email at: readandresist20@gmail.com ! You can also follow Read and Resist! on Twitter and Instagram too.

Flick is currently providing research assistance on Dr Senthorun Raj’s ALT research project Affectively Queer: The Emotional Dynamics of Teaching LGBT+ Rights in Law Schools.

 

 

Research and scholarship

Thesis working title: Transcending Cisnormative Carceral State Logic: A Queer-Abolitionist Challenge to “Gender-Responsive” Penal Strategies and Technologies in England and Wales.

Keywords: Prison Abolition, Queer Abolition, Abolition Feminism, Transformative Justice, Trans women, Intersectionality, “Transformative Methodology” (Krishnadas 2008).

A Law PhD Project funded by a Keele University School of Law Graduate Teaching Assistant faculty scholarship.

Flick's doctoral project undertakes a queer-feminist abolitionist examination of prison law and penal governance strategies to explore how incarcerated trans women’s agency and subjectivity interact and how trans women are both constituted and constitute the penal system in England and Wales. Flick draws on Dr Jane Krishnadas’ intersectional “Transformative Methodology” to centre an analysis of incarcerated trans women as the “marginal” subject, to map how their identities and the cultural, materialist, and spatial have been constructed within the penal context, and to analyse the impact of the top-down structures in shaping incarcerated trans women’s identities, agency, and subjectivity at the textual level. The thesis hopes to generate fresh insights within broader discussions about gender, incarceration, power, governance, law and justice, and intersectionality. Flick’s doctoral project is principally situated at the intersections of socio-legal studies, gender, sexuality, and law; critical carceral studies and queer criminology.

At the heart of this project is a queer abolitionist, anti-capitalist, approach to facilitating justice in the transformative sense. Flick’s research is motivated by the increasing calls to develop the carceral nation through a myriad of technologies of penal power and carceral strategies, despite the portfolio of evidence demonstrating the detrimental impact of incarceration and punishment. Flick’s project is also inspired by the relationship between these calls to expand the carceral state, and simultaneously the resurgence of exclusionary feminist discourse in the contemporary age.

My research interests include:

  • Gender, incarceration and criminalisation,
  • Penal governance and prison law,
  • Prison abolition and anti-carceral approaches,
  • Queer abolition and abolition feminism,
  • Transformative justice, alternative justice, and community accountability,
  • Critical feminist and queer approaches towards incarceration, law, and justice.

Supervisory Team

Lead Supervisor: Dr Fabienne Emmerich (Law)

Co-supervisors: Dr Mary Corcoran (Criminology) SSPP
                             Dr Jane Krishnadas (Law)

Teaching

Flick contributes to a variety of core and research-led modules both at undergraduate (levels 4-6) and postgraduate taught level (level 7) including:

UNDERGRADUATE

Legal Skills
Legal Systems
Gender, Sexuality and the Law
Law and Disability
Law in Action
Law and Emotion
Dissertation
CAB: Legal Research Placement

POSTGRADUATE

LLM in Law and Society
Foundations in Law and Society Research: Theories and Concepts
Socio-legal Studies: Applications and Themes
Dissertation

MA in Human Rights, Globalization and Justice
Equality, Discrimination and Minorities

Office Hour: Please email me via f.e.adams@keele.ac.uk to make an appointment.

 

Flick is happy to supervise dissertations around gender, sexuality and law, gender, sexuality and imprisonment, feminist and queer theory, and law and society.

Further information

With Dr Fabienne Emmerich, Flick is co-founder and co-facilitator of Read and Resist! a collective and collaborative web-platform that brings together a host of diverse community voices on all aspects of transformative justice. As part of their web platform, they have a monthly open digital reading group (Read and Resist!), a blog (Write and Resist!), a podcast (Listen and Resist!), and a YouTube Channel (Watch and Resist). We accept contributions in all mediums that centre broadly on Transformative Justice. Visit Read and Resist! to share your ideas, and find out more about how you can get involved or email at: readandresist20@gmail.com You can also follow Read and Resist on Twitter and Instagram too.

Flick is a member of the European Group for the Study of Social Deviance and Control and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Conference papers

Adams, F and Emmerich, F. 2021. Read and Resist!: Subverting the Master’s Tools, Reimagining Life-Affirming Abolition Feminism Futures (SLSA Conference, Cardiff, 2021)

Adams, Felicity. 2020/1. Painting the Walls Pink: “Gender-Responsivity” An Inclusive Approach? Crime, Justice and Social Harms Conference, Howard League for Penal Reform, University of Oxford, UK. *

Adams, Felicity 2020/1. Deconstructing Carceral State Tactics; Building Community: Queer-Abolitionist Praxis. Enquire conference, University of Nottingham, UK. *

Adams, Felicity. 2020. Operationalising “Gender-Responsivity” in a “Gender-Critical” Age: A platform for discrimination, exclusion, and inequality? SLSA Conference, University of Portsmouth, UK. *

Adams, Felicity. 2019. Painting the Walls Pink, White, and Blue: Challenging the Expansion of the Carceral Nation by Exploring the Relationship between “Gender-Responsivity”, Gender Critical Feminism and Carceral Feminism in the UK. Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global, University of Texas, Austin, USA.

Adams, Felicity and Coyle Stella. 2019. Queering Asher’s Baking: Restoring the Pot of Gold to the End of the Rainbow. KISI Tackling Inequalities Conference, Keele, UK.

*Cancelled due to COVID-19

Selected Publications

  • Emmerich F and Adams F. Nurture, Pleasure and Read and Resist!: Abolition Feminist Methodology for a Collective Recovery?. Feminist Legal Studies. full text>
  • Adams F. Book review: The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence. Social & Legal Studies, 096466392097178. doi> link> full text>
  • Emmerich F and Adams F. 2021. Caring, not carceral expansion! We need to transcend carcerality and embrace a politics of care. link> full text>
  • Adams F and Emmerich F. 2020. Mapping the Manifestations of Exclusion: Challenging the Incarceration of Queer People. In The Queer Outside in UK Law. Sunil Raj S and Dunne P (Eds.). Palgrave. doi> link> full text>
  • Adams F and Emmerich F. 2020. Kicking out discrimination: tougher punishments will not eradicate racism and homophobia in football. Bloglink>

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Journal Articles

  • Emmerich F and Adams F. Nurture, Pleasure and Read and Resist!: Abolition Feminist Methodology for a Collective Recovery?. Feminist Legal Studies. full text>
  • Adams F. Book review: The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence. Social & Legal Studies, 096466392097178. doi> link> full text>
  • Adams F. Lola Olufemi: Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power. Feminist Legal Studies. doi> full text>
  • Adams F. 2020. Book Review: Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser: Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto. Feminist Legal Studies, 101-105, vol. 28(1). doi> link> full text>
  • Adams FE. 2020. Emma K Russell: Queer Histories and the Politics of Policing. Feminist Legal Studies. doi> link> full text>
  • Adams F. 2020. Feminist Judicial Decision-Making as Judicial Decision-Making: A Legitimate and Valuable Approach?. The Student Journal of Professional Practice and Academic Research, vol. 2(1). link> full text>
  • Adams F. 2019. From Homophony to Polyphony: Law and Music a Consonant Duet for Future Legal Thinking and Practice?. The Student Journal of Professional Practice and Academic Research, vol. 1(2). doi> link> full text>

Chapters

  • Adams F and Emmerich F. 2020. Mapping the Manifestations of Exclusion: Challenging the Incarceration of Queer People. In The Queer Outside in UK Law. Sunil Raj S and Dunne P (Eds.). Palgrave. doi> link> full text>

Other

  • Emmerich F and Adams F. 2021. Caring, not carceral expansion! We need to transcend carcerality and embrace a politics of care. link> full text>
  • Adams F and Emmerich F. 2020. Kicking out discrimination: tougher punishments will not eradicate racism and homophobia in football. Bloglink>
  • Emmerich F and Adams F. 2020. Putting more people in cages! That's how we build our way out of the pandemic. link>
  • Adams F. 2020. Black and Trans Lives Matter: the link between policing, anti-blackness and anti-transness. Bloglink> full text>
  • Emmerich F and Adams F. 2020. Putting more people in cages! That’s how we build our way out of the pandemic. Bloglink> full text>
  • Adams F and Emmerich F. 2020. Coronavirus and the homeless: Why increasing police powers is not the answer. Bloglink> full text>