Critical and Empirical Approaches to Human Trafficking

Program Information

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Free and open to the public!

Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas

4:00        Kamala Kempadoo Keynote
Beyond Anti-Trafficking

5:30       Reception & Gallery Tours

Friday, April 5, 2010
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Hall Center for the Humanities
University of Kansas

8:30       Opening Remarks

8:45       Roundtable

              Policing Prostitution in the Shadow of Trafficking Discourse

  • Corey S Shdaimah, chair (University of Maryland)
  • Chrysanthi Leon, chair (University of Delaware)
  • Kate D’Adamo (Sex Workers Outreach Project)
  • Claudia Cojacaru (University of Delaware)
  • Jennifer Musto (Wellesley College)
  • Menaka Ragupuran (Carleton University)

10:00     Coffee Break

10:20     First Breakout Session:

              Tracing Histories of the Trafficked Woman
              Discussant: Brian Donovan (University of Kansas)

  • Elisa Camiscioli (State University of New York at Binghamton)
     Women's Mobility, Sexual Labor, and the Historical Precedents of Anti-Trafficking Discourse
  • Alexandra Marcotte (Indiana University)
     From White Slavery to Modern-Day Slavery: The Role of Affect in Narratives in Forced Prostitution
  • Pere DeRoy (University of Kansas)
     A "Fantasy Echo": An analysis of the construction of the "trafficked women" identity in the late 19th & 20th centuries
  • Kelli McCoy (Point Loma Nazarene University)
     Lessons from the Mann Act: What the Mistakes of the Previous Century Can Teach Us Today (U.S. West Coast 1910-30's)

Making Legible Victims
Discussant: Corinne Schwarz (Marquette University)

  • Laura Fantone (University of California, Berkeley)
     Rescue Fantasies & Practice of Control: The Sexual Trafficking of Nigerian Women in Italy
  • Kimberly Walters (California State University, Long Beach)
     Performing Dignity: Anti-Trafficking NGO's & the Coerced Nature of Survivor Narratives in India
  • Jaine Danlang (University of South Florida)
     Tales of Trafficking: Performing Women's Narratives in a Sex Trafficking Rehabilitation Program in Florida
  • Stacey Vanderhurst (University of Kansas)
     Risk & Reward: Moralizing Migrant Women’s Ambition as Vulnerability 

12:00     Lunch & Amy Farrell Keynote
Thinking more broadly about human trafficking: Exploitation and vulnerabilities in work

1:45        Second Breakout Session:

                Contesting Narrative Forms
                Discussant: Stacey Vanderhurst (University of Kansas)

  • Melissa Johnson (University of South Florida)
     Somewhere Between Victim and Agent: Rethinking the Public Narrative on Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Amie Lennox (Massey University)
     Narrating human trafficking: possibilities and limitations in narrative-based research
  • Emily Coombes (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
     Online Anti-Trafficking Activism and Twitter: Investigating Survivor Led Advocacy in the Campaign Against FOSTA-SESTA

Governing Citizenship & Indigeneity
Discussant: Sarah Deer (University of Kansas)

  • April Petillo (Kansas State University)
     Refusing Political Will: Trafficking Discourse from an Indigenous Critical Perspective
  • Rachel Denney (University of Kansas)
     Vulnerable Citizenship: The Potential for Human Trafficking in the Dominican Republic
  • Rosemary Nagy (Nipissing University)
     Human Trafficking: Toward an Affinities-Based Transformative Justice


3:00       Coffee Break

3:20        Third Breakout Session:

                Critiquing Capitalism & Humanitarianism
                Discussant: Akiko Takeyama (University of Kansas)

  • Maayan Niezna (Kent Law School; Tel Aviv University) 
     Trafficking & forced labour of migrant workers - conceptual and practical challenges
  • Marty Otañez (University of Colorado, Denver)
     Tobacco Industry-Driven Labor Trafficking in Malawi: Exploratory Notes
  • Veronica Marconi (Oregon State University)
     Trafficked but Not: On Assessments of Migrant Deservingness of Anti-trafficking Assistance in Tuscany, Italy
  • Carla Hung (Duke University)
     Abolishing the Non-For-Profit for the Sake of Humanitarianism

                Serving Victims on the Frontlines
Discussant: Steven Maynard-Moody (University of Kansas)

  • Laura Dean and Julisa Sierrra (Millikin University)
     Human Trafficking Taskforces in the U.S: Overlapping Jurisdictions and Shifting Typologies
  • Corinne Schwarz (Marquette University)
     Punishment and Justice: Finding Carceral Logics in Anti-Trafficking Efforts
  • Sophie James (University of South Florida)
     Unpaid (Emotional) Labor: The True Cost of Vulnerability in Trusting Anti-Trafficking Advocates
  • Lilly Yu (Harvard University)
     The Victim-Centered Paradox: Court Based Human Trafficking Interventions

5:00        Sally Engle Merry Keynote
Building a Trafficking Crisis: The Politics of Numbers

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