SlaveFree Today

Posted on Monday 7th January 2019
Usable Past

Research Unchained: The Multidisciplinary Future of Antislavery Studies

Edited by Hannah Jeffery, Rebecca Nelson, and Katarina Schwarz
Foreword by Professors Jean Allain and Kevin Bales

SlaveFree Today and the Journal of Modern Slavery are pleased to announce the publication of a special edition produced in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the Antislavery Early Research Association (Antislavery ERA), a network supported by the Rights Lab’s AHRC-funded Antislavery Usable Past grant project.  

With the growing visibility of the contemporary antislavery movement on the global stage, and the rising demand for new and revolutionary research about human exploitation, emergent scholarship in the field is becoming increasingly vital. 

This Special Issue transcends disciplinary boundaries, fuels collaboration, and brings the evolving research of early career scholars to light. Featuring the work of nineteen academics in nine papers, it incorporates fields of scholarship such as Law, American Studies, History, Geography, Social Science, and Business and gives voice to a new wave of antislavery research that connects past, present, and future. It highlights the important role of research networks at all levels of scholarship. 

It covers a wide range of topics, including contemporary slavery through an historic lens; the prohibition of labor exploitation in Italy, Spain, and the UK; strategic litigation to combat modern slavery; immigration status decisions of post-NRM victims of human trafficking; the availability of eligible benefits and impact on victims of trafficking; procedural justice, victimcentricity, and the right to remedy for survivors; antislavery methods of visual protest from 1845 to Black Power; the first survey of children’s literature on modern slavery; analysing slavery through satellite technology; and collaborating to identify, recover and support victims of modern slavery.  

This Special Issue centers survivor voices, not only in content, but by engaging a survivor-scholar in the reviewing process of each article; the first ever journal issue to do so.


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