Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2018

Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate on the Antislavery Usable Past Project (http://www.antislavery.ac.uk/), based at the University of Hull. Rebecca’s research examines the way in which museums across the UK engage with antislavery, as both an historic and a contemporary issue. She has used a mixed-methods approach to her research, working closely with museum professionals, to identify the key challenges of interpreting antislavery for public audiences. Prior to this she completed a BA Hons Degree in History at the University of York and an MA in Museum Studies at Newcastle University.

Alicia Kidd

Alicia is a third year PhD candidate, researching the relationship between conflict and contemporary slavery using empirical, qualitative research based on interviews with individuals who have fled conflict zones and individuals who have experienced contemporary slavery. She has worked in the field of contemporary slavery since 2012, and currently holds the post of Vice Chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. Alicia recently received a High Sheriff’s award in recognition of great and valuable services to the community in relation to her work on contemporary slavery.



This Special Issue transcends disciplinary boundaries, fuels collaboration, and brings the evolving research of early career scholars to light. It offers a space to hash out debates on definitions; to think about the role of technology in mapping sites of exploitation; to survey and understand the ways in which antislavery messages and strategies can be embedded in legal frameworks, multi-agency partnerships, and children’s literature; and to understand the lineage of slavery and antislavery from the past to the present. Featuring the work of nineteen academics in nine papers, it gives voice to a new wave of antislavery research that connects past, present and future and highlights the important role of research networks at all levels of scholarship.