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


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


Call for Papers: Forced Relocations – Conceptualizations, Cases and Data

On May 11–12, 2020, we organize a workshop which foregrounds the question of how to deal with forced relocations, acknowledging slave trade as only one of its many historical manifestations. We invite contributions that explore the phenomenon of forced relocation by one (or multiple) different angles. Reactions can be sent until December 31, 2019. Workshop Website

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Call for Applications

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Bonn invites applications for two W3-Professorships in Slavery and Dependency Studies. The professorships are to be filled as soon as possible. The posts are associated with our Cluster of Excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom". The deadlines for the applications are December 16, 2019.

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The Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies welcomes new PhDs and Fellows

At the beginning of the new semester, a total of 19 doctoral students, 8 senior reseachers and fellows, and some new administrative staff began their work at the BCDSS.
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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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