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Beyond Slavery and Freedom: Asymmetrical Dependencies in Pre-Modern Societies


Our Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bonn, "Beyond Slavery and Freedom", aims to overcome the binary opposition of "slavery versus freedom". We propose "asymmetrical dependency" as a new key concept including all forms of bondage across time and space.

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Welcome Class of 2020

The BCDSS is especially pleased to welcome new Fellows, PhD and Master students from Germany, Europe and all over the world to Bonn in these special times.
It is great to have you here!

Meet our Fellows. Meet our PhDs.

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Call for papers

Covid 19 reinforced economical and social inequalities, that impacted particularly on migrant workers. The international e-symposium, organized by our Working Group Contemporary Asymmetrical Dependencies, focuses on the nexus between pandemic, migrant labor and vulnerabilities.

Call for Papers. International E-symposium. Working Group Contemporary Asymmetrical Dependencies.


The Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

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Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS)
University of Bonn
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn

Heinz Heinen Kolleg for Advanced Studies (HHK)
University of Bonn
Heussallee 18–24
D-53113 Bonn

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D-53113 Bonn

Book Purchase Proposal Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

You can make book purchase proposals for the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies using this link.

We look forward to your cooperation and thank you for your ideas!

To see which new books we have purchased so far, please click here.

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University of Bonn

The University of Bonn is a world leading research-based university and a very important institute of higher education in Germany.

Bonn University and State Library (ULB)

The ULB is the central service institution for literature and information supply.

Excellence Strategy

The funding programme of the German Ministry of Research and Education aims to enable scientific excellence in cuttig-edge research.

Funded Research

Our Cluster is funded by the German Research Foundation within the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state Governments.

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