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St Mary's Academics to Present Panel on Modern Slavery at ESSHC Conference in Valencia

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Staff from St Mary’s University, Twickenham will be presenting an interdisciplinary panel of papers at the prestigious European Social Science History Conference in Valencia on Saturday 2 April 2016. The panel will follow on from research presented at the recent two-day study event on 9th–10th March at St Mary’s, as part of the work of the University’s Centre for the Study of Modern Slave. The panel is being hosted by Inga Thiemann, Research Associate at the Centre, and will address ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Trafficking of Women and Children’. From the School of Management and Social Sciences, Dr Chi Maher, Lecturer in Business Management, will discuss partnership and management arrangements by local authorities and third sector organisations to support victims of human trafficking. Mark Mackarel, Co-Director of the Centre of Law and Culture at St Mary’s, will present a review of the specific recognition in law of women and children as victims of human trafficking. From the School of Arts and Humanities, Dr Carole Murphy, Programme Director for Criminology and Sociology, will give a paper outlining findings from a qualitative study of female ‘survivors’ of trafficking in the UK. Dr Jon Hackett, Programme Director for Film and Screen Media, will discuss recent representations of human trafficking in transnational cinema. Dr Carole Murphy, Director of the Centre, said: “Communicating our research at this conference is a great opportunity to represent the interdisciplinary academic output from the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery at St Mary’s University. Disseminating research to a wider European audience in this way will draw attention to the work of the Centre, and will raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking more broadly.” Abstracts of the papers and further details are available from the conference website: https://esshc.socialhistory.org/esshc-user/programme/?day=55&time=144&session=2711&network=375  
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