Welcome to the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

The BCDSS at the University of Bonn aims to overcome the binary opposition of "slavery versus freedom". It is a research cluster within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the federal and state governments. Our Cluster of Excellence is a joint project of researchers from many different backgrounds, including anthropology, archaeology, Asian and Islamic Studies, comparative religious studies, German medieval literature, history, and theology. We propose "asymmetrical dependency" as a new key concept that covers all forms of bondage across time and space.

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