Lukas Wissel

Doctoral Candidate

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group The Concept of Slavery in African History 
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
lukas.wissel@uni-bonn.de

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Academic Profile

My project analyzes the development and interactions of various conceptions of asymmetrical dependencies amongst actors in the contact zone of West Africa’s Lower Guinea Coast, approximately from 1680 to 1740. While the project is mainly focused on slavery as a form of strong asymmetrical dependency, it will also take into account other forms of dependencies, such as pawnship. The working hypothesis is that a specific “dependency culture” developed on the Lower Guinea Coast that was neither European, nor African, or even “Atlantic”, but “Lower-Guinea-Coastian” (understood as a purely geographical term encompassing all human actors). The project aims to describe and explain this culture and the different conceptions the various actors had, as well as the interactions of these concepts and their impact on discourses.

2021–2023
Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

2018–2020
M.A. in History, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

2013–2018
B.A. in History, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany 

2021–present
Research Associate in Research Group The Concept of Slavery in African History, University of Bonn, Germany

2019–2020
Student Assistant, Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

2019
Student Assistant, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW), Germany (at Goethe University Frankfurt), Germany

2018
Student Assistant, Historical Seminar, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

2017–2018
Student Assistant, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

2020
Prize of the Kopper-Foundation for outstanding theses (Preis des Stiftungsfonds Kopper für herausragende Abschlussarbeiten) of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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