We examine contemporary antislavery influencing techniques, argumentation, rhetoric, visual culture, and adaptations of past antislavery methods. We are examining the dynamics behind the antislavery imagination: the literary, visual and rhetorical culture of contemporary antislavery. Our team is assessing the efficacy of antislavery campaigns and tactics; exploring which laws, definitions, philosophies, literary devices, images, opinion-building activities and organisational strategies were useful to earlier antislavery generations, and how they might be useful for contemporary abolitionists in adapted form; and placing contemporary antislavery in a multi-century history of activist print culture, visual culture and performance techniques.
As we work to achieve the goal of ending slavery, we need to listen to the antislavery ideas and solutions of enslaved people themselves: what do survivors suggest would enable their communities to become not just slavery-free but slavery-proof? We are creating, analysing and utilizing the first major development resource of contemporary slave narratives. We argue that contemporary slave narratives are a central facet of the antislavery agenda and we place survivors' ideas, including those of children, at the heart of the antislavery movement. This includes a mapping of survivor accounts onto the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to answer the question: which SDG achievements are more likely to prevent or end enslavement, from the point of view of slaves themselves? Underpinning all our work to uncover the Survivors’ Solution for ending slavery is our support for a Survivor Alliance: an international survivor-led organization that focuses on leadership development and capacity building for survivors of slavery and human trafficking.