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20.6. On "Modern Slavery" and the Ambiguities of Debt and Dependency [Perspektiven der Moderne]

On June 20th, Julia O'Connell Davidson (University of Bristol) will give a talk about "Modern Slavery" as part of the lecture series "Perspektiven der Moderne".

20.6. On "Modern Slavery" and the Ambiguities of Debt and Dependency [Perspektiven der Moderne]

FIW lecture series summer semester 2018

The third lecture of this summer semester will take place the 20th of June at 6pm in the Bonner Universitätsforum, lecture room 0.109. Julia O'Connell Davidson, professor in social research at the University of Bristol, is going to speak about "'Modern Slavery' and the Ambiguities of Debt and Dependency".

Abstract:

This paper explores the ways in which the discourse of “modern slavery” promulgated by today’s revitalised anti-slavery movement and endorsed by political and business leaders around the world continues the narrative of modernity critiqued by dependency and postcolonial theorists. In particular, it is concerned with the kind of freedom that campaigners wish to bestow on “modern slaves”, and the very particular forms of debt and dependency that they deem intolerable. The paper briefly presents some data from my current research on the tourism economy in Jamaica to consider an alternative framing of the relationship between slavery, debt, and dependency, one that demands, among other thing, attention to the contradictions faced by those at the sharp end of global political and economic inequalities.

 

 

We will be happy to welcome you at the event. As usual, we offer drinks and a small snack afterwards.

Bonner Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, Raum 0.109

18 Uhr s.t.

The lectures at FIW can be can be counted as component D2 in the Certificate of International Competence.

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