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

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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.

Ph.D. Cultural Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. in History, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

B.A. in History, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany 

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

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

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

Student Assistant, Historical Seminar, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Student Assistant, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

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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