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Dr Laura Murphy

Host Institution:

Rights Lab on Modern Slavery, University of Nottingham

Dr. Laura Murphy is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University, New Orleans. In 2017-2018, she was the John G. Medlen Fellow of the National Humanities Centre in the United States.

Project Description:

During her British Academy Visiting Fellowship, she will collaborate with University of Nottingham’s transdisciplinary Rights Lab on Modern Slavery and the School of English, as she prepares a public-facing manuscript on 21st century slave revolts and contributing to the development of an archive of modern slave narratives. The monograph will analyse the strategies of grassroots resistance to modern slavery and the conceptions of freedom that emerge from that resistance.

Dr. Murphy’s collaboration with the Rights Lab at Nottingham will involve the exchange of research methods for big data digital analysis of slave narratives that will lead to the development of a “Voices for Freedom” public online archive. She will also spend one month in Ghana building international partnerships for the collection of new narratives that will benefit both the book and the archive. 


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