Dr. Lotte Pelckmans is an anthropologist, interested in the crossroads between Migration and Slavery studies. She has been trained at the anthropology department of Leiden University and obtained a PhD at the African studies centre in Leiden. She has been working in Dutch, French, German and Danish Academia. Her work focuses on rights and the intersecting social and spatial mobilities of people with slave status, conflict and social media, as well as Post-slavery and Anti-Slavery Movements in West Africa and the West African diaspora. Her work has been published in Politique Africaine, Journal of African History, Revue Européenne des Migrations, etc. Lotte has also been active in divulging research results towards more broad audience media, through documentary film and interviews for TV, newspapers, radio and online platforms.
Based at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies at Copenhagen University, she is currently working on a UKRI funded project, focussing on the long history of protracted (invisible) displacements related to (legacies of) descent-based slavery in Mali (slaveryforcedmigration.org). In 2023 years, she will start a research project on court cases, and humanitarian literatures and narratives of contemporary slavery in Ghana, together with colleagues from comparative literature at Aarhus University.