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Adam Fagbore, M.A.

Doctoral Researcher

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University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
"Punishment, Labour, Dependency"
Adenauerallee 18–22
D-53113 Bonn




Institutional Punishment and Organized Violence as Normative Modes of Patronage, Labor, and Governance in Pharaonic Egypt

My project will analyze the balance between the role of deliberate displays of institutional violence and how various forms of punishment acted as modes of social organization in the pre-classical world, in which state hierarchy in one context, is to be examined in relation to the degree of penetration of state power into hierarchical forms of behavior at local level, and then how this overlaps with the role of patron; client obligation, of service and handing over of production in return for physical, social, and economic protection.

These themes stand for the practicalities against which the primary material will be measured and address the nature between punishment, reciprocity, and patronage in the developments of wider diachronic shifts in the comparative context of the creation of individual, social, and spatial dependency. My wider research interests in Egyptology center on broader diachronic shifts seen in the development, conceptualisation, and suppression of royal mortuary traditions during the Middle and New Kingdoms.


  • 2019–2022       Ph.D. in Egyptology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2016–2017       M.A. in Egyptology, University of Liverpool, UK
  • 2013–2016       B.A. in Egyptology, University of Liverpool, UK

Academic Positions

  • 2019–present   Research Associate in Research Group "Punishment, Labour, Dependency", University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2014–2017       Assistant to the Curatorial staff, Garstang Museum, Liverpool, UK
  • 2013–2014       Object Handler, Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

Member of the working group Free and Unfree Labour of the European Labour History Conference (ELHN)

Selected Publications

The Amduat Tomb of Ahmose I at South Abydos: Defining Selective Archaism in Royal Funerary Architecture as Forms of Cultural Expression. (Late draft), 1–29.

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