Dr Andrew Slack

(Former)

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Overview

I completed my PhD in Politics at the University of Manchester in December 2016. I also hold an Honours degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in Postcolonial Politics from Abersytwyth. Having been a Senior Teaching Assistant and then Teaching Associate, in January 2019 I took up the post of Lecturer in International Politics.

My doctoral research looked at responses to 'modern slavery' or 'human trafficking' as a performative intersection of desire, ethics, and ontology. I focused on constructions of 'modern slavery', 'trafficking', 'victimhood' and vulnerability in relation to demanding and giving accounts of the self. Empirically, I addressed US responses to online sex trafficking, philanthro-capitalist and faith-based charitable efforts, and pragmatic approaches to legal assistance, responsibility and hospitality in a hostile, securitized immigration environment.

My research interests are in critical, poststructural, postcolonial, feminist and queer theory more broadly. I am interested in empirical areas including security, vulnerability, gender and sexuality, sex work, migration, and charity. I am particularly interested in efforts to 'help', to do good, and to be responsible for/to others.

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