Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation


The Child Labour in Global Slavery Project

16 March 2017

Child Labour in Global Society is a long-term project on making sense of child labour as ‘slavery’ in modern and modernizing societies under globalization. As reflected in its publications, the project is a critical response to the modern educational regime, compulsory schooling and the ‘slavery industry’ in what is rapidly becoming a single global social space – or global society – around Western capitalism, liberal democracy and individualism; to prevailing – every day and authoritative -- notions of ‘slavery’; to definitions of ‘slavery’ in international law; to approaches to ‘educational labour’, including in international human rights law; and to cultural, common-sense and professional perspectives on ‘slavery’ and ‘educational labour’, in the light of which it is arguable that children’s ‘slave labour’, perhaps especially in modern societies, is grossly under-estimated and otherwise greatly, if conveniently, misrepresented. The project is run by Professor (Dr) Paul Close, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Wilberforce Institute. Further details and accompanying article can be found here. Paul can be contacted via: Paul.Close@open.ac.uk

Ann Ohear collection transferred to Hull History Centre

1 March 2017

In 2011 a noted scholar of west African but particularly Nigerian cultural history, Dr Ann Ohear, approached WISE with a view to depositing her manuscripts on Yoruba and other cultures at WISE. Hull History Centre has now undertaken the task of cataloguing them further, preparing them for scholars to view and publicising their presence and availability. Some of Ann’s personal library remains at WISE. Watch this space for further news.

Alicia Kidd Vice Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership

5th August 2016

We are delighted to announce that Alicia Kidd, a PhD student at WISE, has now taken up the position of Vice Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. The Partnership provides a framework to bring together all the organisations across Humberside who may come across, or have some responsibility towards, tackling modern slavery. We are excited that Alicia will be taking the work of WISE into the local community. Follow the Partnership's work on twitter @humberantislave.

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