Self-education and Collective Learning: Forming a critical ‘modern slavery’ study group

Pankhuri Agarwal, Maayan Niezna

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This article describes the authors’ experience in forming an interdisciplinary online study group dedicated to collective learning on modern slavery and trafficking from a critical perspective. It proposes ideas for discussions and readings along with three main principles concerning the method and approach of creating such a group that can be relevant to researchers and practitioners. First, the creation of a safe and inspiring space, the dialogues it can enable, and the approach required to create such a space in an online setting; second, attempts to tackle the big questions rather than conclusions or completed work; and third, reflexivity concerning challenges of knowledge production and distribution that critical scholars of trafficking face. A discussion on labour exploitation and the concept of ‘work’ is used to demonstrate these principles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalAnti-Trafficking Review
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2021


  • education
  • collective education
  • trafficking
  • online learning
  • big questions


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