[URBANTH-L] Call for Papers: "Anti-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice"

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Sat Feb 4 13:47:08 EST 2006

Subject: Call for Papers: "Anti-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social
From: "Tiantian Zheng" <ZhengT at cortland.edu>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 12:29:32 -0500


"Anti-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice"
Special issue for Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender
Studies. SUNY Cortland.

This special issue of Wagadu, Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender
Studies aims to explore the life experiences, agency, and human rights of
the women who are involved in a variety of activities that are characterized
as "trafficked" terrains in a deterritorialized and reterritorialized world,
in order to shed light on the complicated processes in which
anti-trafficking, human rights and social justice are intersected.  While
previous studies have highlighted popular discourses, national and
international policies, and the victimization and struggles of the
trafficked women, few studies have centered on the stories of the migrant
subjects themselves to offer a critical reading of the recent competing
definitions of trafficking and the complex ways in which the intertwined
configurations of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality complicate the
contemporary hegemonic discourse on trafficking.  This special issue will
fill this lacuna through theorizing and conceptualizing the intersecting
discourses on anti-trafficking, human rights, and social justice from the
perspectives of the transnational migrant populations.  Specifically, this
issue will include articles that will rearticulate the trafficking
discourses away from the state control of immigration and the global
policing of borders, and reassert the social justice and the needs, agency,
and human rights of migrant and working communities.  Some of the topics of
investigation may include:

a critical analysis of the conflation of trafficking with sex work in
international and national discourses and its effects on migrant women;

effects on the vulnerable population as a result of the anti-prostitution
policy and a denial of human rights of sex workers;

suggestions of more effective anti-trafficking interventions that will
ameliorate social justice and human rights of the migrant populations;

the sociocultural effects on the migrant population as a result of the
global and national laws against trafficking, immigration and smuggling;

the debate between the recognition of women's human rights to migrate and
work as sex workers and the anti-trafficking policy that classifies sex
workers as trafficked victims and slaves;

a critical analysis of the global anti-trafficking policy and the root
causes for the undocumented migration and employment;

the relationship between the human rights of the vulnerable population and
the state approaches to trafficking;

the effects upon the migrant population as a result of the ways in which the
state and international policies define "trafficked persons" and
"undocumented migrants."

the complicated intersections of forced and voluntary labor and migrations
at the national and international level.

Please send abstracts (75 words) in English and complete essays
(approximately 5,500-7,500 words) by August 1, 2006.  Submissions should be
sent electronically in MLA or APA format to zhengt at cortland.edu.

Tiantian Zheng
State University of New York, College at Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045
Office phone number: 607-753-2478
Fax: 607-753-5973
Email: zhengt at cortland.edu

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