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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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New 4 semester Master's Program

Apply now for our newly established Master's Program in Dependency and Slavery Studies.

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Call for Applications

We are currently offering two PhD Positions (Research Associates, 65%), for our Research Group "The Concept of Slavery in African History".
Please send your complete application documents in English, combined into one single pdf file by July 31, 2020. 

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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.
We're happy to have you here!

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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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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)

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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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