Round table: Work as a drama. Former prisoners’ experiences on the labour market with Ioan Durnescu

Work as a drama. Former prisoners’ experiences on the labour market

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The lack or inadequacy of professional qualifications, the absence of occupational strategies, the decoupling from the labour market, the distance between prisoners, the state, and the labour market, working without documentation, subcontracting, economic and occupational vulnerability, criminal record, the absence of a professional or occupational narrative, stigmatization and processes of auto-stigmatization are just a few of the obstacles former prisoners encounter upon prison release. Drawing on the results from the “Ethnography of Prisoners’ Transitions” research project, conducted by the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest and University of Oslo, we invite you to a debate about employment and alternative forms of work among former prisoners.

This discussion engages not only social scientists, but also professionals involved in the criminal justice system, NGO representatives, employment agencies, and politicians. Therefore, we bring together experts from institutions and organizations that are directly involved with the work experiences of former prisoners. Departing from the multiple strategies used by former inmates in order to become economically active, we hope to initiate an applied discussion on the possible policy measures available for former inmates.

The debate will take place on March 10th 2017, 10:00. 90, Panduri street, Sala de consiliu. For further information, please contact Andrada Istrate at


The Ethnography of the Prisoners’ Transitions research project aims at developing an advanced understanding of the re-entry process from the subjective perspective of prisoners themselves. The processes, interactions, meanings and conflicts involved in re-entry will be exmined from Roma and non-Roma prisoner’s point of view. Moreover, in order to assess the impact of the cultural, political and social environment on the reintegration process, the research was conducted in two countries: Norway and Romania. For more details, please consult:

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