April 26, 2013 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This multidisciplinary workshop convenes activists and scholars working on issues relating to human trafficking, sexual exploitation of domestic minors, labor, and migration in the United States. Bringing together anti-trafficking advocates -- at NGOs, state social services, shelters, and health and legal clinics -- and scholars from the humanities, law, and social sciences -- especially those with expertise in feminist theory, critical race studies, queer studies, and youth and new media studies -- we aim to understand the phenomenon of trafficking in historical perspective, embracing dialogue and friction between different points of view.
Questions we are keen to address include: Is the language of “trafficking” useful? What does this terminology include and exclude? How does trafficking discourse intersect with legal discourse? What role does technology play in facilitating and disrupting problematic practices? What are the social and political challenges to constructive dialogue about trafficking? How can questions of identity politics and feminist activism intervene in policy discussions about technological determinism and complicate notions of “empowerment?” By hosting this event at MIT we hope to highlight the role of technology in influencing sex trafficking discourse.
Registration is now closed. Thank you!
Please contact Mitali Thakor if you have questions.
Women’s & Gender Studies | Department of Anthropology
Banner photo by Mitali Thakor.