Lisa Phongsavath

PhD Researcher

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Room 3.016
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
+49 228 73 62565

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Supervisors: Dr. Lisa Hellman (Lund University, Sweden), Prof. Dr. Claudia Jarzebowski, Prof. Dr. Kristina Großmann



Workshop: "Child Slaveries in the Early Modern World, 1500–1800"

Call for Papers: Conference Children, Dependency, and Emotions in the Early Modern World, 1500–1800: Archival and Visual Narratives

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Academic Profile

The Trade of Children: Family, Childhood, and Coerced Mobility in the Tai World, 1688–1840

My PhD project investigates the practices of trading children in the eighteenth-century 'Tai world' of central mainland Southeast Asia. I study the coerced and coercible movement of children in its diverse forms, including their sale as pawns and as slaves, their gifting and exchange to families and establishments, their adoption and temporary hire, as well as their abandonment and rescue. Children were displaced across geographical, institutional, and cultural lines. My research seeks to reveal the complex underpinnings of child slavery during this little-examined period of regional tension and global connection prior to colonisation and abolition.

since 2020
Ph.D. in History, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. in Global History, Free University of Berlin and Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Exchange Studies, University of Constance, Germany

B.A. in History and German Language and Culture, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

since 2020
Research Associate in Research Group Coerced Circulation of Knowledge, University of Bonn, Germany

Student Assistant in Communication and Publications, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, Germany

Junior Researcher, Facts and Files, Historical Research Institute, Berlin, Germany

German-Australian collaborative project: Child slaveries in the early modern world: Gender, trauma, and trafficking in transcultural perspective (1500–1800)

Member of Editorial Team, "Global Histories: A Student Journal"

Member of Organizing Team, "Global History Student Conference"

  • 2019. With Martina Yeo Huijun. "Review of Studying Singapore Before 18002. Guan, K.C., Borschberg, P. (eds.): Singapore: NUS Press, 2018." In Global Histories 5(1): 156–161.
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