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A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CONTEMPORARY SLAVERY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation

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Kingston upon Hull

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Free conference, lunch provided for in-person participants ---- Online tickets also available

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Climate change poses an immediate and existential threat to many of the most marginalised communities on the planet. In many parts of the world, the impacts of this global emergency are being felt right now in the form of both sudden-onset disasters and slow-onset events. The combination of these impacts with ongoing deforestation, pollution and resource scarcity is rendering livelihoods ever more precarious for millions of people in the poorest countries, and driving migration and displacement.

This situation has clear implications for development and human rights. In the words of former UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Philip Alston, climate change is “likely to challenge or undermine the enjoyment of almost every human right in the international bill of rights”. Among the human rights issues implicated are those linked to exploitation such as forced and unfree labour, human trafficking and contemporary slavery.

To date the relationship between climate change and contemporary slavery has received relatively little attention in the policy, advocacy and academic fields, however. Furthermore, mainstream approaches to both issues have traditionally favoured technocratic or legalistic approaches that place these issues within ‘siloes’, disconnected from their political, social and economic contexts.

We invite proposals for papers or presentations at a one-day inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral workshop entitled ‘Towards a Holistic Approach to Contemporary Slavery and Climate Change’. We welcome proposals relating to all aspects of these complex and wide-ranging issues, including intersecting or intervening themes such as: migration and displacement; conflict and insecurity; land, livelihoods and natural resources; ethnicity, gender and race; colonial and neo-colonial legacies.

We are interested in submissions that contribute to breaking new conceptual, methodological, empirical ground in this topic area, and in particular those that advance novel recommendations for tackling these issues at the levels of policy and practice.

Submissions are welcome from all sectors, including academics, activists, NGO practitioners, policy makers, journalists, PhD students, and others. Proposals for online participation will also be considered.

Abstracts for proposed papers or presentations (200-300 words) should be sent with a short bio to Dr Chris O’Connell, Dublin City University at christopher.oconnell@dcu.ie an Saphia Fleury, Wilberforce Institute at S.Fleury-2019@hull.ac.uk Deadline for submission: 31 July 2021.

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