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Sex Trafficking and the Making of a Feminist Category of Analysis

CWGS/Rapoport Center Research Cluster on Women, Gender, and Human Rights

Tue, February 8, 2011 | GEB 4th Floor Conference Room

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Dr. Jennifer Suchland, Ohio State University

Tuesday, February 8, 4:30 -6pm, GEB 4th Floor Conference Room

 CWGS/Rapoport Center Research Cluster on Women, Gender, and Human Rights

What is at stake in how we define and combat sex trafficking? Since the end of the Cold War, the issue of sex trafficking has been dominated by debates regarding agency and violence against women.  My talk will discuss why this is the case looking specifically at how a "violence against women" approach to anti-trafficking can privilege particular understandings of trafficking that obscure the role of the state and transnational flows of capital in sustaining the informal and formal economies that make up sex trafficking.  I ask how we can advance a human rights approach to anti-trafficking that links economic and sexual rights.


Dr. Jennifer Suchland is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University.  Her research is on comparative gender studies and issues of culture, law and political discourse.  Her most recent essay, "Is Postsocialism Transnational?", is forthcoming Summer 2011 in “Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society.”  She will be discussing research from her current book project which includes work on the evolution of global anti-sex trafficking discourse and its impact on postsocialist Russia.  


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