School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Current students 




Please use the Department links below to find a specific member of staff in Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.  




Image of Andrea Nicholson

Andrea Nicholson

Research Student/Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Arts



Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (part-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

"I was free, I still wasn't free": placing expressions of enslaved people at the heart of the antislavery movement.

Research Summary

I will be gathering a new collection of contemporary slave expression, both textual and visual. Mapping to historical narrative, I aim to demonstrate that slave expression across the centuries reveals key insights and parallels that help to inform our understanding of contemporary slavery. I will also demonstrate slavery as a continuum across time, rather than reinforcing the rhetoric of 'old' and 'new' slavery, and identify key factors of slavery, testing elements of slavery that have been suggested for legal definition. My aim is to bring the survivor's voice to the fore, from which developments in law and policy on contemporary forms of slavery can be considered, and from which I can establish that narrative can influence the anti-slavery agenda, shape non-governmental approaches, and provide an argument for survivor centric law and policy. My thesis will offer a new framework- as well as new primary voices - for consideration in this intellectual field.

Research Interests

Narrative and other expressions; international and regional human rights; contemporary slavery; transatlantic abolitionism; legal definition and redress; victim's rights; challenges to the anti-slavery agenda;

Research Supervisor/s

Professor Zoe Trodd Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Centre for Research in Race and Rights, University of Nottingham

Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice, Nottingham Trent University


Andrea Nicholson, 'Transformations in the law concerning slavery: legacies of the nineteenth century anti-slavery movement' in William Mulligan and Maurice Bric (eds) A global history of anti-slavery politics in the nineteenth century. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) ISBN 9781137032591

Andrea Nicholson and Trevor Buck 'Constructing the international legal framework' in Gary Craig (ed) Child slavery now: a contemporary reader. (Policy Press, 2010). ISBN 9781847426093

Andrea Nicholson 'Reflections on Siliadin v France: slavery and legal definition' (2010) 14 IJHR 5, 705-720. ISSN 1364-2987

Selected Conference papers

Andrea Nicholson, 'Perceiving freedom; the shared lived experiences of 'old' and 'new' slaves' (Inaugural Workshop of the Antislavery Usable Past Postgraduate Research Network: Antislavery Lessons and Legacies. Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), Hull, October 2015) Funded.

Andrea Nicholson, 'The lullaby of freedom: perceptions of freedom in slave narrative' (Freedom: Bondage, Future and Selves in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa Conference, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione "Riccardo Massa", Universita di Bicocca, Milan, Italy, September 2015) Funded.

Invited. Andrea Nicholson, 'Child slavery: perceptions of the child and effective human rights protection' (The Institute for the Study of Slavery Visiting Speaker Series, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, March 2011) Nottingham.

Andrea Nicholson, 'Legacies of the anti-slavery movements of the 19th century for the development of the law in the 20th' (The Global History of Abolitionism and Anti-Slavery Movements, Culture, and Politics in the Nineteenth Century Symposium, University of Dublin, Dublin, April 2010)

Invited. Andrea Nicholson, 'Modern challenges for international laws on slavery' (Visiting speaker, De Montfort University, Leicester, Leicester, September 2010)

Andrea Nicholson, 'Generality, specificity, and effect: issues of transformation in the law concerning women and slavery' (Trafficking: Women, Children and Exploitation conference, Feminist Legal Research Unit, Liverpool University, 10 March 2010)

Andrea Nicholson, 'The law and the protection of women from slavery and slave-like practices' (Economic History Society Women's Committee 20th Annual Workshop, Free Labour? Women and Work in Slave and Post-Slave Societies, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull, Hull, November 2009)

Andrea Nicholson, 'Definitions of slavery: recognising the modern victim' (Child Slavery Now: Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE), University of Hull, Hull, November 2008)

Additional Information

Andrea Nicholson is the Head of Academic Postgraduate and Practitioner Portfolios at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. She has taught and led modules on the law of trusts, public law, jurisprudence, public international law, humanitarian law, and international human rights at both undergraduate, and postgraduate level. She also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research.

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact us

Page setup