Book Launch and Discussion
Michael Zeuske and Christoph Witzenrath on their latest publications
Heinz Heinen Fellowships
Call for applications
Launch of the Library of Ancient Slavery (LibAncSl)
The library of the former Mainz Academy project Forschungen zur antiken Sklaverei ('Research on Ancient Slavery') is now available to the students, fellows and faculty members of the BCDSS and the HHK as a reference library.
Welcome to the BCDSS
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Book Launch and Discussion
Heinz Heinen Fellowships
Launch of the Library of Ancient Slavery (LibAncSl)
Welcome to the BCDSS

Welcome to the Cluster of Excellence at the 
Bonn Center for Dependency & Slavery Studies 

"Beyond Slavery and Freedom:
Asymmetrical Dependencies in Pre-Modern Societies"

We are a research cluster within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments.

We investigate profound social dependencies such as slavery, serfdom, debt bondage, and other forms of permanent dependency across epochs, regions and cultures. 

Our focus lies "beyond slavery and freedom", i.e. we aim to overcome the binary opposition of "free" and "unfree".

Instead, we propose the new key concept of "asymmetrical dependency" to explore all forms of bondages across time and space.

Thank you for a successful year 2022!

Thank you all for a successful year 2022!
We would like to thank everyone for their commitment to and support of the cluster's activities. We hope you have happy and peaceful holidays.

Reading & Discussion with Natassa Sideri

Debt Bondage
Watch what playwright Natassa Sideri thinks about our reading and discussion evening on her play "Gefesselt" 

Exhibition opening

Women's emanciption and Jewish assimilation
"All they wanted was to study..." exhibition opening at Frauenmuseum Bonn

News
How some enslaved Black people stayed in Southern slaveholding states – and found freedom

BCDSS Postdoctoral Researcher Viola Müller has just published her article "How some enslaved Black people stayed in Southern slaveholding states – and found freedom" about fugitive slaves in cities of the US South as a parallel story to the much better known Underground Railroad.

To read the full article, click here.

Deadline extended! Call for Papers: Archaeologies of Dependency in Latin America

The deadline is extended to March 1st, 2023, to submit an abstract for the international conference on September 7–8, 2023 at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, organized by the research group The Archaeology of Dependency (ArchDepth): Resources, Power and Status Differentiation (Christian Mader, Claire Conrad, and Tamia Viteri Toledo).

Book Launch and Discussion

Join us for the presentation and discussion of the first two monographs in our De Gruyter book series Dependency and Slavery Studies on Friday, March 3rd, at 14:00-16:00 CET.

New Friday Seminar Series

Formerly held on Wednesdays, the new Friday Fellows and Alumni Seminars provide first hand insight into current research projects by BCDSS Fellows and Alumni. Now open to the general public, the aim is to make the Cluster’s scholarly work more visible nationally and internationally, and to promote a dialogue between our BCDSS scholars and the wider public.

Book Launch of "Helena Augusta: Mother of the Empire" by Julia Hillner

The Zentrum für Religion und Gesellschaft (ZERG) will host a presentation of BCDSS member Prof. Dr. Julia Hillner's latest book.

January 18, 2023 - Launch of the Library of Ancient Slavery

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Library of Ancient Slavery at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies!

Events
Friday Seminar with Özden Mercan
Heussallee 18-24 or ...
04:00 - 05:30
This week, Özden Mercan is looking forward to a lively discussion of and feedback on her project on premodern Mediterranean forms of unfree labor and its ...
Book Launch and Discussion
Heusallee 18-24
02:00 - 04:00
We invite our authors, Prof. Dr. Michael Zeuske & Prof. Dr. Christoph Witzenrath, to present their respective publications and engage with the content of each ...
Friday Seminar with Cristina Mocanu
Heussallee 18-24 or ...
04:00 - 05:30
This week, Cristina Mocanu will present her project “Productive and Reproductive Labor of Roma Slaves in Moldavia (before 1830s)”. She will explain how these ...
Viola Müller to attend the Kinderuni!
Kreuzbergweg 28, Bonn
05:00 - 06:00
On February 13, 2023, Dr. Viola Müller will represent the BCDSS at the Kinderuni, where she will give a lecture on the History of Sugar. Abstract: Sugar ...
Book Launch of "Helena Augusta" by Julia Hillner
Festsaal, Universität ...
06:15
Prof. Dr. Julia Hillner's latest book, "Helena Augusta: Mother of the Empire" will be presented, including a reading, followed by a discussion and a reception.
Launch of the Library of Ancient Slavery
Heusallee 18–24
04:15 - 07:00
One of the largest libraries on ancient slavery in the world with its rich holdings has moved from the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature to the Bonn ...
Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Elisa-Maria Hiemer
Online via Zoom & On ...
04:15 - 06:00
Deprived of basic rights and sometimes even their proper names, female domestic workers fell victim of sexual abuse and had to fear unwanted pregnancies. Dr. ...
Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Sidh Losa Mendiratta
Online via Zoom & On ...
04:15 - 06:00
Old Goa developed as one of the major port cities of the Indian Ocean during the sixteenth century, as the Portuguese attempted to control maritime trade ...

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