Call for Papers – “Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking”

The Hall Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas invite you to our upcoming conference:

Beyond Discourse: Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking
April 4-5, 2019
University of Kansas

On April 4 and 5, the University of Kansas will host an interdisciplinary symposium examining human trafficking research. Kamala Kempadoo (York University) will open the symposium with a keynote address on Thursday, April 4 at 4 pm, with a reception to follow. Friday, April 5 will feature panels by regional and national scholars, including Amy Farrell (Northeastern University) and a closing keynote by Sally Engle Merry (New York University).

All papers related to human trafficking research are welcome, including but not limited to:

  • Empirical Approaches to Illicit and Criminalized Industries
  • Tracking Consequences of the Carceral Framework
  • Innovations in Critical Media Analysis
  • Ethics of Representation and Storytelling Against Narrative Tropes
  • Long Shadow of the Mann Act: Historical Precedents and Alternatives
  • Politics of Fieldwork across Ideological Difference
  • Survivor-Led Research Initiatives & Collaboration
  • Translating Critical Research to Policy Makers and Other Stakeholders.

Please join us by submitting a brief CV and a 250-350 word abstract for a panel, paper presentation, or roundtable contribution addressing these issues to by January 7. Invitations will be distributed and registration open from January 15.

For more information, please visit the symposium website:

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