[URBANTH-L]CFP: Anti-Trafficking, Human Rights and Social Justice

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Thu Feb 9 17:08:18 EST 2006

"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 Sociology/Anthropology 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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