Accepted paper:

Heritage, memory and creative approaches to contemporary slavery as a development issue

Authors:

Lennon Mhishi (University of Liverpool)

Paper short abstract:

Using the case of the Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network (AKN), this paper explores the possibilities of utilising arts and humanities based creative strategies to tackling contemporary slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa, including mobilising memory and heritage for antislavery and development work.

Paper long abstract:

Using the case of the Anti-Slavery Knowledge Network (AKN), this paper explores the possibilities of utilising arts and humanities based creative strategies to tackling contemporary slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recognising the contestations around development and the focus on Sustainable Development Goals, the discussion attempts a critical engagement with how creative arts and humanities based methods can be utilised, working with communities, to mobilise aspects of heritage and memory to confront contemporary slavery as a development issue. This is especially important as an effort in concretising collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches to development, that are cognisant of complex pasts and presents in specific contexts that come to constitute understandings of heritage, memory and development.

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Interrogating development through stories and experiences
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