Alexander Rothenberg
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Alexander Rothenberg

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Office: room 2.009
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62455


Modern Elite Slavery? Structures and Agents in Professional Football and Sports:
Historical Continuities and Discontinuities from Antiquity to the Present

The purpose of my research is to develop a working definition of elite slavery from antiquity to the present. In examining the pressures and limitations in the lifes of athletes, this sociological-historical research aims to create a fundamentally new understanding of asymmetrical dependencies and coerced labor in neoliberal capitalism.

An important part of my work is the focus on robbed and/or casted, disciplined, trained and highly educated bodies, which were accumulated as capital by third parties on a global scale throughout history and how these bodies were and still are hurt on a psychological and/or physical level .


  • 2020–2023                 Ph.D. in Contemporary History, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2016–2020                 Ph.D. in Contemporary History, University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2008–2016                 State Examination in German and History, University of Cologne, German
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