Southern Connecticut State University
Women’s Studies Program
The 8th Annual Women’s Studies
“Trafficking Humans:An Interdisciplinary Approach
Addressing Sex & Labor Exploitation”
To be held on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University
Saturday, October 30, 2010
INVITATION FOR PROPOSALS ON INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE WORK
The problem of human trafficking has become increasingly pandemic in recent years. Social institutions such as the government, the media, the military industrial complex, corporations, and the criminal justice system are all complicit in maintaining the silence that encompasses the sex industry. The truth is, millions of women and children are trafficked globally for commercial, sexual, labor, and service purposes. Much of the world has yet to learn that the problem of sex and/or labor slavery is a realityon both a global and a local level. There is a great necessity for global awareness and acknowledgment that humans are currently being trafficked in almost every country. As uncomfortable as the subject may make the public, we need honest dialogue or the industry will continue to thrive uninhibited. This graduate conference will serve to raise society consciousness about this current, global issue. The academy (particularly women’s studies) has the
responsibility and the resources to educate those who would listen and help put an end to labor and sexual exploitation. An interdisciplinary approach will allow us to better understand the issue and create solutions to combat it.Examining the history, economics, philosophy, and theory behind human trafficking will help us understand why the industry began and continues unabated. Sociology and psychology will aid us in understanding the demographics that are most readily targeted and how to address the traumatic effects exploitation can have on an individual’s sense of self. Outside the academy, work that is conducted in the field is generally practical in nature and yields the most concrete results (some survivor needs might include: housing, translation, legal services, crisis intervention, and safety/protection). All of these disciplines support each other in ending human exploitation of all kinds. The conference is not limited to the aforementioned
fields, however, as the problem of trafficking humans can always benefit from new perspectives.
PROPOSAL FORMAT:Faculty, staff, administrators, and community activists from all disciplines and fields are invited to submit proposals for individual papers, complete sessions, panels, or round tables. Poster sessions, performance pieces, video recordings, and other creative works are also encouraged. For individual papers, please submit a one-page abstract. For complete panels, submit a one-page abstract for each presentation plus an overview on the relationship among individual components. For the poster sessions and artwork, submit a one-page overview. All proposals must include speaker’s/speakers’ name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information (address, E-mail, & telephone number). Please also indicate preference for time of day; all attempts will be made to honor schedule requests.
PANELS:Each 50-75 minutesession usually includes three presenters and a session moderator, but individual presenters may request an entire session for a more substantial paper or presentation. Presenters are encouraged, though not required, to form their own panels. The conference committee will group individual proposals into panels and assign a moderator. Please indicate in your contact information if you are willing to serve as a moderator.
POSTERS, ART DISPLAYS, & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS:A poster presentation consists of an exhibit of materials that report research activities or informational resources in visual and summary form. An art display consists of a depiction of feminist concerns in an artistic medium. Both types of presentations provide a unique platform that facilitates personal discussion of work with interested colleagues and allows meeting attendees to browse through highlights of current research. Please indicate in your proposal your anticipated needs in terms of space, etc.
In keeping with the conference theme, suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
History of Trafficking
Philosophy of Human Trafficking
Economy of Human Trafficking
Psychology of Trafficking
Theories of Trafficking
Sociology & the Sex Trade
Human Trafficking Field Work
Activism against Trafficking
Consciousness Raising Educating the Masses
Creative Approaches to Trafficking
Artistic Expression to Fight Trafficking
Trafficking & Anthropology Legal/Policy-making & Trafficking
Sex & Labor Slavery Education
Law Enforcement & Trafficking
Research/Statistics on Trafficking
Trafficking & the Media
Global & Local Intervention
Political Science & Trafficking
Public Health & the Slave Trade
Social Work in Trafficking
Empowerment of Survivors
Non-violence & Trafficking
Human Trafficking &Women’s Studies
Religion & Trafficking Global Networking on Trafficking
Counseling Trafficking Survivors
Trafficking in the Borderlands
Trafficking & Intersectional Analysis
Human Trafficking, Human Rights
Trafficking & Globalization
Trauma Recovery in Trafficking
Prevention & Rehabilitation of Slavery Survivors
Re-entry into Society Trafficking & Government
We also invite your ideas and suggestions. Conference sessions will juxtapose cultural, generational, and geopolitical perspectives in order to examine narratives on labor and sexual exploitation of women and children. Expect to leave with new ideas about the modern slave trade and to become equipped to join the fight against the world-wide trafficking of humans.
Postmarked by September 1, 2010
Please submit proposals and supporting materials to:
Women’s Studies Graduate Conference Committee
Women’s Studies Program, EN B 229
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
Or via email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org, with attention to Graduate Conference Committee. If you have any questions, please call the Women’s Studies office at (203) 392-6133.
Please include name, affiliation, E-mail, standard mailing address, and phone number. Proposals should be no longer than one page, with a second page for identification information. Panel proposals are welcome.