i-Poems Finishing Time
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Criminalised individuals remain one of the most vilified, marginalised and excluded social groups. 

This is particularly felt and enacted on release from prison, yet limited attention is paid to the lived experience of the ‘pains of release’ and a neglect of narratives from former prisoners. 

‘Finishing Time’ is a two-year project (2018-20) funded by a discretionary grant from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF), that aims to explore the lived experience of resettlement into the community after punishment. To date, through a series of in-depth interviews ten men have mapped their resettlement journeys using images, photographs and timelines to help organise their memories and encourage a temporal sense of how their lives may have changed. These interviews produced pertinent themes, particularly for those more recently released who documented a sense of isolation and feelings of fear and shame.
i-Poems created from the interview transcripts, give authenticity to the voices of those participating in the research constituting one element of the Voice Centred Relational Method (VCRM). Following this method, ‘i-poems’ are created from the ‘I’, ‘we’ and ‘you’ statements as they appear in the transcripts and become powerful personal statements of intent that prioritise the voice of the narrator. The power of the i-poem is intensified when it is the voice of the original speaker being recorded. 

These audio files have been used to produce short films created with additional elements such as their timelines, photographs and some artistic videography interpretations. In an attempt to give voice to one of the most vilified and marginalised social groups, the research has become a process of making and unmaking, organising and arranging a kind of temporal bricolage that reveals alternative rehabilitative conceptualisations of wellbeing and meaning beyond the notion of released subjects as risky and potentially transgressive. Instead, there is vulnerability and resilience.

i-Poems is available from Saturday 7 November at 09:00 and runs for the duration of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. Access: www.finishingtime.online

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Biography: Dr Julie Parsons

Julie is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She recently completed an Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) mid-career fellowship (2016-17), working on a Photographic electronic Narrative (PeN) project with men released on temporary licence from the local prison and others serving community sentences on placement at LandWorks, which is ongoing. This followed a Sociology of Health and Illness (SHI) Foundation Mildred Blaxter fellowship (2015-16), exploring commensality (eating together) as a tool for health, well-being, social inclusion and community resilience at LandWorks. Her book Gender, Class and Food, Families, Bodies and Health (Palgrave MacMillan 2015), was shortlisted for the Foundation of Health and Illness (FHI) book prize in 2016. 

She is convener of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Food Study Group, and a member of the BSA Auto/Biography study group, the BSA Medical Sociology study group and the British Society of Criminology.

Biography: Rob Giles

Rob joined the University of Plymouth in 2005 having previously worked as a 3D crime scene reconstruction specialist on over 30 cases 2003-05. Rob has worked in partnership with Professor Kim Stevenson as director to produce an international award winning documentary ‘How Do You Fix a Town Like Plymouth?’ in 2018 and was cited as an inspirational member of University of Plymouth staff as a result in 2019.

Rob is a University of Plymouth BSc (Hons) Media Lab Arts graduate.

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