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Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
International Conference
Welcome to the BCDSS

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.

SEHEPUNKTE June 2022 issue: Slavery in the Context of the Ottoman Empire in Ten Contributions

Recent Research on Slavery and Other Forms of Strong Asymmetric Dependence VI: The Ottoman Empire, edited by the Ottoman Slavery Forum led by Veruschka Wagner.

30 June: We the Cimarróns - Film by award winning director and BCDSS fellow Emma Christopher

Join the screening of We the Cimarróns on Thursday, 30 June 2022, at 20:00 CET by award winning director and BCDSS fellow Emma Christopher. This is the second film in our dependency-related film series cooperation "Who's Got the Power" with Förderverein Filmkultur Bonn

At the post-screening talk, we will get a chance to listen to Emma, the director/producer, as well as Garciano and Efrén, two Yurumanguireño leaders featured in the film. They will provide us with an insight into the making of the film and give us their personal accounts of the threats that the Yurumangui community, descendents of enslaved people from West Africa, is facing today.

To round off the evening: Join our RECEPTION at the cinema foyer for some further talks and networking.

Please scroll down for more details (trailer, tickets, registration). 

“Reshaping Freedom: Harriet Tubman's Abolitionism and the Path to Citizenship”

Join the 2022 Juneteenth Lecture “Reshaping Freedom: Harriet Tubman's Abolitionism and the Path to Citizenship” given by Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens on June 22, 2022 at AmerikaHaus NRW, in cooperation with the Bonn Center for Dependendy and Slavery Studies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the Research Unit Voluntariness Erfurt|Jena|Oldenburg.

As a historian of slavery and medicine, drawing on the the life of freedom-fighting abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens explores how both freedom and citizenship functioned in the lives of antebellum-era African Americans when most were considered chattel and ineligible for the rights of citizenship. Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens holds the Linda and Charles Wilson Professorship in the History of Medicine, and is Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Wednesday, June 22nd 6p.m. at Niebuhrstraße 5, 53113 Bonn, and via Zoom.

New Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and German Global History

The international conference takes place on July 6–8, 2022 at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies. It is jointly organized by Claudia Jarzebowski, BCDSS, and Pia Wiegmink, BCDSS, Susanne Lettow (FU Berlin) and Heike Raphael-Hernandez (University of Würzburg).

Please register via mail by 1 July 2022.
Contact: Gular Bayramli

Iris Därmann: Reading and Discussion (in German)

Wir freuen uns, am Montag, dem 4. Juli 2022, die Kulturwissenschaftlerin und Philosophin IRIS DÄRMANN anlässlich einer Lesung bei uns zu Gast zu haben. Frau Därmann, Professorin für Kulturtheorie und Kulturästhetik an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin, wird im Festsaal der Universität Bonn zwei Passagen aus ihrem Buch Undienlichkeit, Gewaltgeschichte und Politische Philosophie (Matthes und Seitz, Berlin 2020) vorstellen.

On Monday, 4 July 2022, we have the pleasure of hosting a reading by cultural studies and philosophy scholar IRIS DÄRMANN. Iris Därmann, Professor of Cultural Theory & Cultural Aesthetics at Humboldt University Berlin, will present passages from her book Undienlichkeit, Gewaltgeschichte und Politische Philosophie (Matthes und Seitz, Berlin 2020) at the Festsaal of the University of Bonn.

Im Anschluss an die Lesung werden zwei Vertreter*innen der Universität Bonn, BIRGIT MÜNCH (BCDSS Investigator, Professorin für Kunstgeschichte und Prorektorin für Internationales) und CHRISTOPH ANTWEILER (Professor für Südostasienwissenschaften und BCDSS Principal Investigator) sie zu ihrer Sicht auf die Geschichte der Gewalt befragen. KONRAD VÖSSING, Professor für Alte Geschichte und BCDSS Co-Sprecher, wird durch die Diskussion führen. Das Publikum ist herzlich eingeladen sich zu beteiligen. Kenntnis des Buches wird nicht vorausgesetzt! Im Anschluss an die Lesung findet ab ca. 19:30 Uhr ein Empfang statt, zu dem alle Teilnehmer*innen herzlich eingeladen sind. Wir freuen uns auf einen regen Austausch!

Following the reading, two representatives of Bonn University, BIRGIT MÜNCH (BCDSS Investigator, Professor of Art History and Vice Rector for International Affairs) and CHRISTOPH ANTWEILER (Professor of Southeast Asian Studies and BCDSS Principal Investigator) will question Iris Därmann on her view of the history of violence. KONRAD VÖSSING, Professor of Ancient History and BCDSS Co-Speaker, will lead through the discussion. The audience is very welcome to participate. Knowledge of the book is not a prerequisite! The reading will be followed by a reception starting at around 7:30pm, to which all participants are cordially invited. We look forward to a lively exchange!

Time / Uhrzeit:
04.07.2022,  18:15 - 21:00 CET

Location / Ort:
Festsaal, Universität Bonn, Am Hof 1, 53113 Bonn

Booking / Reservierung:
To secure a place for the reading and reception please register by email (with your name and email address) to:
Zur Platzreservierung für Lesung und Empfang bitten wir um Registrierung per Email (mit Angabe des Namens und Emailadresse):

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Niebuhrstraße 5
53113 Bonn

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University of Bonn
Heussallee 18–24
53113 Bonn

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