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Malik Ade, M.A.

Doctoral Researcher

Malik Ade

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
"Dependency, Gender and Labour in the Household"
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn




The Domestication of Women:
Gendering Labor, Wages, and Social Space in an African Society, ca. 17th to 19th Century

My current research project aims to understand gender relations in the process of social reproduction and community (re)formation of an interior Yoruba group of West Africa. In other words, the project seeks to investigate the relationships between men and women in managing the socio-political situation of the 19th century in their quest for societal protection, preservation and community building. In doing so, the project critically studies written documents, oral traditions and indigenous institutions to find out: how political, social and economic imperatives of the 19th century affect gender relations; how social status and gender intersect in shaping the roles of men and women during this period; what (gendered) institutions and practices were retained or maintained to manage the affairs of the different communities within the region in question; and how the contingencies of the period affect these institutions and practices?

Period: 18th–20th centuries
Region: Africa
Specialization: Cultural History; Social and Economic History; Intellectual History; Gender History; Global and Imperial History


  • 2019–2022        Ph.D. in History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2015–2017        M.A. in African Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • 2011–2013        B.A. in English, History and Religion, University of Hannover, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2019–present   Research Associate in Research Group "Dependency, Gender and Labour in the Household",
                             University of Bonn, Germany


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