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


  • Maayan Niezna
  • Pankhuri Agarwal



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.


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Author Biographies

Maayan Niezna

Maayan Niezna is a doctoral researcher at Kent Law School, University of Kent, and a Research Fellow at TraffLab (ERC). She worked on issues related to trafficking at the Office of the National Anti-trafficking Coordinator, Israeli Ministry of Justice; UNHCR-Israel; and the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants-Israel, where she led the legal work on trafficking and slavery. Her research focuses on the elements of trafficking for labour exploitation.

Pankhuri Agarwal

Pankhuri Agarwal is a doctoral researcher in Sociology at the University of Bristol. She has worked on migration, informal labour, legal aid, and gender with NGOs, unions, and government ministries in India. Her PhD research is a multi-sited ethnography of how internal migrant workers navigate the legal system in India. She focuses on their experience with state bureaucracy, time, and anti-trafficking laws.




How to Cite

Niezna, M., & Agarwal, P. (2021). Self-education and Collective Learning: Forming a critical ‘modern slavery’ study group. Anti-Trafficking Review, (17), 133–139.