Professor Joel Quirk
|Qualifications||BA, BAHons, PhD, GDipIR|
|Organisational Unit||Political Studies|
Professor Joel Quirk is the Head of the Department of Political Studies. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Anti-Slavery Project (2011), Mobility Makes States (2015), and Contemporary Slavery (2017). Joel is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project, where he serves as Rapporteur, and is also an editor for openDemocracy’s ‘Beyond Trafficking and Slavery.’ Before moving to South Africa, he was the Deputy Director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, United Kingdom. Joel has previously held visiting researcher positions at Yale University and the University of Milano-Bicocca.
Slavery and Abolition, Human Rights and Duties Beyond Borders, Critical Humanitarianism, the Politics of Arguments, Activism and Social Movements, Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Repairing Historical Wrongs, Migration and Diaspora, Sexual Violence and Gender, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Justice, Heritage, Commemoration, Museums and Monuments, the History of Ideas, International Relations Theory, Global History and Cross-Cultural Exchange, Research Methods, Sub-Saharan African Politics and History, Post-Colonial Theories, Global Governance, the Politics of Numbers, the Prison Industrial Complex, Global Supply Chains and Decent Work, Teaching, Curriculum and Pedagogy, and the Politics of Visual Representation.
Current research projects
Beyond Trafficking and Slavery: https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery (Funded by the Ford Foundation and the ESRC).
Global Benchmarking: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/researchcentres/csgr/benchmarking/
Conjugal Slavery in War: http://csiw-ectg.org (Funded by the Canadian SSHRC).
Why Some Causes Succeed and Others Fail (book project).
Recent projects with openDemocracy
Online Policy Debate: Do the hidden costs outweigh the practical benefits of human trafficking awareness campaigns? (co-edited with Elena Shih and co-sponsored by Brown University’s Centre for the Study of Slavery & Justice and Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Centre). https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/joel-quirk-elena-shih/introduction-do-hidden-costs-outweigh-practical-benefits-of-huma
Online Policy Debate: Can corporations be trusted to tackle modern slavery” (co-edited with Genevieve LeBaron and co-sponsored by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Centre). https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyond-slavery-themes/debate-can-corporations-be-trusted-to-tackle-modern-day-slavery