Modern slavery, expertise and evidence roundtable

Tuesday 15th  May 2018, 1.30pm – 3pm, Room 216, Elmfield Building

– Professor Joel Quirk, University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
– Dr Sanja Milivojevic, La Trobe University (Australia)
– Klara Skrivankova, UK and Europe Programme Manager, Anti-Slavery International

Chairs: Dr Hannah Lewis and Professor Genevieve LeBaron

This Roundtable brings together two leading scholars of modern slavery from Australia and South Africa, and experts from Anti-Slavery International, to reflect on current efforts to address modern slavery.  Speakers will share cutting edge research and practitioner perspectives on the state of global and national government efforts to combat modern slavery, including: Are current government and civil society initiatives to measure, study, and combat modern slavery working?  Are the right actors and experts involved?  Is it dangerous to enact solutions when the evidence base on modern slavery is still so thin? This interdisciplinary conversation will benchmark the state of anti-slavery movements and governance, and chart out pathways forward.

This event is jointly organised by the Department of Sociological Studies, the Migration Research Group, and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

Please find further information and registration details here.


The politics of numbers: Modern slavery, the performance of expertise, and the marketplace of activism

Joel Quirk, Professor of Politics, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa is the author of many works on slavery and abolition, most recently Contemporary Slavery (Cornell, 2018).

Australia’s response to human trafficking nationally and regionally: the question of impact

Dr Sanja Milivojevic, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia has just published Sex Trafficking and Modern Slavery: The Absence of Evidence (Routledge, 2018, with Segrave and Pickering).


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