We are workers, not slaves: Examining forced labour in Argentina and in the UK

Hosted by the Nottingham branch of the Geographical Association – School of Education and School of Geography

Presented by Dr Nick Clare, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

With almost forty five million people across the world classed as modern slaves, why is this horrific reality seemingly on the rise? Which groups of people are most vulnerable to it? In which sectors is it most common? In which countries do we find the highest levels?

This session will answer these questions through a focus on Nick’s research in Argentina and the UK, and show how geography is at the forefront of the fight against modern slavery.

Dr Nick Clare joined the School of Geography in 2016, having previously worked at t he Universities of Leeds and Sheffield. His research interests lie at the intersections of urban geography, critical economic geography, migration studies, and the study of social and labour movements. Predominantly focusing on Latin America, his research draws on a range of critical qualitative methods, emphasising both the potentials and challenges of ‘militant research’.

Nick’s doctorate focused on the relationship between migrants and social/labour movements in Buenos Aires, paying particular attention to the political and territorial subjectivities of these migrants, as well as their regular exclusion from many of these movements. Drawing on a range of anarchist and autonomist Marxist theories, Nick developed a radical reading of territory which framed the intersectional, urban struggles of different migrant groups. He has taught extensively on topics including economic geography, global political economy, urban geography, qualitative methods, and development.

This talk is suitable for geography A Level students and will take place online using Microsoft Teams.

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