Modern Slavery

Yasmin Dalsgarð, Simone Harlev Lund & Marie Schou Tornøe

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This paper aims at investigating the figure of the slave represented in the exhibition Stop Slavery!, with a focus on whether this figure is problematic when dealing with definitions of modern slavery. It explores the many facets of the figure while relating the issue of how something is represented, to the culture and society, which produce it, which will be done through decoding the selected material. As no representation is neutral, it will be examined what message the exhibition is trying to convey, viewing the exhibition as a political project. The investigation of these issues is done through a representational analysis of the figure of the slave, which showcase the ambiguity of the figure in the struggle to make meaning. Additionally, the paper seeks to discuss the problems, which arise when relating this figure to the term ‘modern slavery’ and speaking about it in contemporary discourse. The paper comes to show that, as the definitions of modern slavery has a certain fluidity to it and is difficult to define, the representation of the slave also varies depending on the missions of the new abolitionists, in the contemporary discourse in which it is being spoken about.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
Antal sider39
VejledereBjörn Hakon Lingner