SG | Modern Slavery: Untying the Knots of Slavery

Pulitzer Prize nominee author of Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, Prof. Kevin Bales is special guest speaker.

Organisator Studium Generale

do 15 maart 2018 20:00 tot 00:00

Locatie The Spot, Orion, building number 103

Celebrated scholar, Prof. Kevin Bales, is the global authority on modern slavery and the mechanisms at play keeping it alive in the 21st century. His leadership in combatting modern manifestations of slavery and extreme exploitation is recognized worldwide. Take this unique opportunity to hear the Pulitzer Prize nominee author of Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy as he explores modern slavery in relation to globalization / North-South dynamics, trade relations and questions of power and capital.

His un-nerving tour highlights not only the inherent characteristics of slavery embedded in production, consumption, labour relations but also focuses on hope and opportunities to improve social justice through various levels of agency; the individual consumer, the State and the private sector.

About Kevin Bales

Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery in the School of Politics & International Relations. He was Co-Founder of the NGO Free the Slaves, the US Sister organization of Anti-Slavery International. His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy published in 1999, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has now been published in twelve other languages. Archbishop Desmond Tutu called it "a well-  researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery". A revised edition was published in 2005, and a new edition was published in 2012.

In 2008 he was invited to address the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Paris, and to join in the planning of the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. In 2006 his work was named one of the top "100 World-Changing Discoveries" by the Association of British Universities. The documentary based on his work, which he co-wrote, Slavery: A Global Investigation, won the Peabody Award for 2000 and two Emmy Awards in 2002. Bales has received many awards for his work.

He has been invited to advise the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments, as well as the governments of the Economic Community of West African States, on the formulation of policy on slavery and human trafficking. He edited an Anti-Human Trafficking Toolkit for the United Nations, and published, with the Human Rights Center at Berkeley, a report on forced labour in the USA, and completed a two-year study of human trafficking into the US for the National Institute of Justice.

He has authored many books and articles. His latest book explores the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World was published in January 2016. He is the Lead Author of the Global Slavery Index. He gained his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics.