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Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery

1 October – 22 November 2019 | Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00

Free admission 

Modern slavery is one of the world’s largest and most complex human rights issues. Tackling it requires evidence from a range of disciplines and sectors across a range of methodologies. 

This event, held as part of the Festival of Social Science, provides an opportunity to hear about and discuss the latest findings, methods and ideas about understanding modern slavery, and to meet and speak with others conducting work or interested in this area. 

The symposium will be chaired by Dr Siân Oram, Senior Lecturer in Women’s Mental Health and Head of the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Susan Cooke, British Red Cross
  • Laura Hendrikx and Claire Mason, Helen Bamber Foundation
  • Alice Parker and Pinky Badhan, Cabinet Office
  • Dr Victoria Williamson, King’s College London
  • Dr Jo Birkett, University of Westminster
  • Paul Gibson, Northern College

The day will conclude with a visit to the Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery  exhibition at the Arcade in Bush House, with a chance to hear about the work that inspired its creation.

Festival of Social Science

The 17th annual Festival of Social Science takes place from 2 – 9 November 2019 with over 470 events nationwide. Run by the Economic and Social Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, the festival provides an opportunity for the public to meet some of the country’s leading social scientists to discover, discuss and debate how research affects their lives. With a range of creative and engaging events going on across the UK, there’s something for everyone including businesses, charities, schools and government agencies.

See the full festival programme and join conversations on Twitter using #ESRCFestival.


Sara Shamma: Modern Slavery is a collaboration between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and artist Sara Shamma as part of King’s Artists. It is supported by the King’s Sanctuary Programme and by the university’s Culture team.


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Event details

SW -1.09, Inigo Rooms
Somerset House East Wing
Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS