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The John Rylands Research Institute

Anti-slavery activism: from modern to post-modern

Dr Nick Turnbull, Lecturer in Politics and Dr Rose Broad, Lecturer in Criminology

‘“The Public Whipping Post for Slaves at Rio de Janeiro”, 1829. Part of the Anti-Slavery Collection. [R151773.6]
‘“The Public Whipping Post for Slaves at Rio de Janeiro”, 1829. Part of the Anti-Slavery Collection. [R151773.6]

Nick and Rose are using the Anti-Slavery Collections to explain the dynamics of anti-slavery policy formulation in contemporary Europe. Over the past 20 years, slavery and exploitation has become a national priority in Britain, with the passing of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and an international priority as one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (8.7). This project examines the history of anti-slavery activism and policy in order to situate current policymaking and support an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective on exploitation.

This project is funded by a JRRI Pilot Grant and runs from September 2017 to July 2018.