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.

Flick continues her work as a Community Legal Companion as part of the nationwide CLOCK initiative; specialising in assisting sensitive and complex domestic and sexual violence related proceedings. She is trained in responding to the disclosure of sexual violence. (Savana, North Staffs)

Flick is a His Honour Jeremy McMullen QC scholar. She was 1 of 10 students in the UK to receive this scholarship in 2017 from The Honourable Society of Middle Temple.

Flick is a Co-editor and Social Media Officer of Under Construction Postgraduate Journal.

 

 

Research and scholarship

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, Judicial decision-making, Gender fluidity, Carceral Feminism, Queer Legal methods, Ethnography and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA).

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

My PhD Project challenges the rationale of “Gender-Responsive” penal strategies and technologies from a Queer perspective and I renew the case to adopt a Queer-abolitionist politic as an alternative to the carceral nation. In challenging current discourses centring on gender, womanhood, and punishment, I undertake a Foucauldian-informed Discourse Analysis of “Gender-Responsive” penal strategies and technologies at the micro-level. Simultaneously, I conduct a DA of the broader academic, political, and jurisprudential discourse at the macro-level to explore how transgender women’s identities challenge the rationale of these approaches.  In doing so, I aim to investigate how gender is both constituted by and constitutes “Gender Responsive” penal strategies at the micro-level and illuminate how these approaches threaten to deepen the marginalisation of incarcerated transgender women at the macro-level.

At the heart of this project is an abolitionist, anti-capitalist, and gender-fluid approach to facilitating justice in the transformative sense. My research is motivated by the increasing calls to develop the carceral nation through the utilisation of “Gender-Responsive” strategies in the UK, despite the portfolio of evidence demonstrating the detrimental and ineffective nature of imprisonment and punishment. My project seeks to explore the relationship between these calls for the expansion of the carceral state, specifically for those with Queer identities and the resurgence of exclusionary “feminist” approaches within the contemporary age.

My research interests include:

  • Queer and feminist analyses of imprisonment and law.
  • Marxist and Foucauldian analyses of power, law and society.
  • Abolitionist feminism and carceral feminism.
  • Anti-capitalism
  • Prison abolition.

Supervisory Team

Lead Supervisor: Dr Fabienne Emmerich (Law)

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

Teaching

Undergraduate

Legal Skills

Legal Systems

Gender, Sexuality and the Law

Postgraduate

Foundations in Law and Society Research: Theories and Concepts

Socio-legal Studies: Applications and Themes

Equality, Discrimination and Minorities

Flick contributes to a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

She is happy to supervise undergraduate dissertations within the areas of prisons, incarceration, feminist/Queer theory and human rights.

 

Further information

Research and Teaching Interests

Flick’s research and teaching interests include the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) and Queer experiences of incarceration; critical criminology, “Gender-Specific” penal strategies; feminist and Queer jurisprudence; governmentality; and biopolitics.

In 2019/2020 Flick will be convening the brand new Read and Resist! reading group as part of the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Cluster. Open to all staff and students at Keele. Clink here for more information and the full reading list. Please join us!

Flick and Fabienne are convening a Prison Abolition reading and discussion group across Stoke-on-Trent with Transformative Futures. Open to all Keele staff, students, and within the wider community Click here for the full reading list. Sign up here.

Accepted paper abstracts/conference papers

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.

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

Selected Publications

  • 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>
  • 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>
  • Adams F. Lola Olufemi: Feminism, Interrupted: Disrupting Power. Feminist Legal Studies. doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Journal Articles

  • 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, vol. 28(1), 101-105. 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>
  • 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>
  • Adams F. Book review: The Feminist and the Sex Offender: Confronting Sexual Harm, Ending State Violence. Social & Legal Studies, 096466392097178. 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

  • 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>