Research of the BCDSS
With its research the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies 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.
Master Programs
Join the "Dependency and Slavery Studies" degree program and Master "Slavery Studies" degree program. The application is possible between May 10 and June 30, 2021, and again from August 23, to August 30, 2021
Growing Exhibition
Research of the BCDSS
Master Programs
Growing Exhibition

The Cluster of Excellence "Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies".

The BCDSS is hosting the Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom: Asymmetrical Dependencies in Pre-Modern Societies".

With its research the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies 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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Transforming Spirit Bodies

International Conference on September 29–30, 2022 at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies organized by Sinah Kloß, Lena Muders, and Taynã Tagliati (Research Group “Marking Power”).

Professors at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

The BCDSS is delighted to announce that as of October 2021, Julia Hillner, Claudia Jarzebowski, Pia Wiegmink and Christoph Witzenrath will hold our four BCDSS Professorships.

Julia Hillner, who will start her post in October 2021m is already at the BCDSS as a Heinz Heinen Fellow. She works predominantly on the transformations of the family and the household in the period 300–750 and how these are reflected in legal norms and practices. In addition, she also focuses on a number of related topics ranging from the urban context of the family and property holding, particularly in the late antique city of Rome, to issues of authority, hierarchy and discipline within the household and how these have influenced concepts and practices of state punishment in late antiquity.


Claudia Jarzebowski will start her BCDSS Professorship in September 2021. In her current research, she focuses on global and gender history of the early modern period, including the history of dependence and enslavement, as well as the genesis of bourgeois society. She has previously focused on the social and cultural history of the early modern period, the history of children and emotion during the period of 1450-1800, and on historical research into violence and crime.

Pia Wiegmink will start her BCDSS Professorship in September 2021. Pia Wiegmink is interested in cultural practices and narratives of nineteenth-century American slavery and dependency and their transatlantic entanglements and circulation. In previous research projects, she examined US American abolitionist literature in specific transnational contexts and highlighted the role of women as producers, subjects and audiences of abolitionist literature.

Christoph Witzenrath has been Professor at the BCDSS since 2017. His research focuses on the Eurasian steppe and its neighbors, and on the influence of nomadic-settled relations and the slave trade on social dependency and political representation. He aims to analyze Eurasian societies’ structural and cultural specificities that are characterized by a significant gap between state and dependent social groups.

Growing Exhibition

Opening of the experimental, growing, decentralised exhibition on 14 July at 17:00 (CET) via livestream

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Child Slavery in Seventeenth-Century Crimea
Online
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Childhood and children are new areas of research in Ottoman social history. Despite increasing interest in the history of children, we have still not ...
Cultural Heritage and Slavery: Perspectives from Europe
Online via Zoom
01:00 PM
In the context of the global Cultural Heritage boom, where local, national, and global identity constructions are involved and intertwined with interests in ...
Digital Humanities on Slavery
Online via Zoom
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
As part of the activities of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) of the University of Bonn, in collaboration with the European research ...

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