Lukas Wissel

Lukas Wissel

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group
The Concept of Slavery in African History 
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn


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 


Academic Positions

  • 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,
  • 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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