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Wissenschaftsrallye 2022 für Schülerinnen und Schüler (13-17 Jahre)

Das BCDSS nimmt am 7. Mai 2022 von 10h-15h wieder an der Wissenschaftsrallye der Universität Bonn teil! Dieses Jahr geht es um den Zusammenhang von Zucker und Sklaverei.

Dies Academicus - Public Lecture by Christoph Antweiler

Christoph Antweiler will address questions of "Human Norms in the Anthropocene" as part of the DIES ACADEMICUS on 18 May 2022.

Application period for Master's Programs about to start

For both, the one-year and the two-year programs, we accept applications between 9-31 May 2022 for national and international applicants and between 22-29 August 2022 for national applicants only.

The one-year Master's program in "Slavery Studies" is offered to students who have completed a four-year BA program (240 ECTS points). The two-year Master's program in "Dependency and Slavery Studies" is open to those who hold a three-year bachelor degree (180 ECTS points). 

Who's Got the Power? Book your ticket now for film series kick-off 28 April 2022

The launch of the film series marks the start of a four-year cooperation between the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) and Förderverein Filmkultur e.V. With four selected films per year, we will be exploring a variety of scenarios of strong asymmetrical dependency relationships, beginning with "La Pirogue" by Moussa Touré on April 28, 2022 at the Kino in der Brotfabrik, Bonn. The format “screening plus talk” will offer a space for researchers, film makers, and the public to enter into a dialogue.

Guest Lecture by Sruti Bala

On 28 April 2022, at 10-11.30 am (sharp), Sruti Bala (Associate Professor at the Dept. of Theatre Studies and the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam) will hold the guest lecture “The Entanglements of Theatre and Colonialism”.

Venue: In person at Heussallee 18–24 (BCDSS meeting room, ground floor) and Online via Zoom.

To register and for the Zoom link, please contact Jenny Leetsch ( or Pia Wiegmink (

Third-Party Funded Project by Bethany J. Walker

We are pleased to announce that BCDSS principal investigator Bethany J. Walker will hold the DFG fundend multi-disciplinary project “TERRSOC: ‘Reading’ Ancient Landscapes”. The project is funded under the DFG's Middle East Cooperation competition. It is a partnership between the Islamic Archaeology Research Unit of the University of Bonn and the Institutes of Archaeology at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities in Israel, and runs from 2022-2025.

More information here.

Congratulations to David Brandon Smith

We are very pleased to announce that our BCDSS doctoral researcher David Brandon Smith is third-place winner of the 2022 Lombard Prize of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) with his essay, “A Liberative Reformed Linguistic: Ecumenical Formation Programs, Gender and Sexuality.” Congratulations!

Call for Papers: Archaeologies of Dependency in Latin America

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).

Job Offer / Stellenausschreibung: studentische (SHK) oder wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (WHF) (m/w/d)

Für die Unterstützung der Forschungsgruppe „Marking Power: Embodied Dependencies, Haptic Regimes and Body Modification“ suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt und für ca. 12 Stunden die Woche eine studentische (SHK) oder wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (WHF) (m/w/d).

Job Offer / Stellenausschreibung: studentische (SHK) oder wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (WHF) (m/w/d)

Unser Exzellenzcluster „Beyond Slavery and Freedom“, ansässig im Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS), ist eine seit Januar 2019 im Rahmen der Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder geförderte Forschungsinitiative.

Für die Unterstützung der Professur Frühe Neuzeit/Dependency Studies (Claudia Jarzebowski) suchen wir zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt und für ca. 10 Stunden die Woche eine studentische (SHK) oder wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (WHF) (m/w/d).

Public Lecture Series: Control, Coercion, and Constraint II

We welcome everybody to the second part of the lecture series organized by the Centre for Religion and Society (ZERG) and BCDSS, Research Area C. Once again, will explore the role of religion in both overcoming existing and creating new forms and types of dependencies.

The lectures series will take place Tuesdays at 18:15 CET (Hörsaal XVI in the Hauptgebäude). It is a hybrid event streamed via youtube.

Revista Latinoamericana de Trabajo y Trabajadores: REVLATT

An initiative of the "Red Latinoamericana de Trabajo y Trabajadores" (REDLATT), the "Revista Latinoamericana de Trabajo y Trabajadores" is a journal devoted to the history of labor. It aims to bring together research with diverse views and perspectives about and from Latin America. Among the phenomena covered in the journal are a variety of socio-economic systems, the diverse non-evolutionary continuum of coactive labor and labor regimes, and labor precariousness as a phenomenon with a long history.

Among the articles of the third issue are an analysis of the labor and family conditions experienced by some children of African origin in Spanish America, namely the work and suicide of Diego, an enslaved child from the city of Santiago de Guatemala in the second half of the 17th century.

Other articles focus on the contradiction between the existence of the contract of workers' engagement as an instrument of coercion and the liberal idea of the contract as a free agreement in the 19th and 20th century, or the changes and continuities of the 19th century republican guild system inherited from colonial times.

Call for Applications: The Bonn-Yale-Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Fellowship 2022-2023

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (GLC), part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, and the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS), proudly announce their Second Bonn-Yale-Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Fellowship.


Freedom, Slavery and Forced Labor - What we can learn from history

A video feature of the BCDSS

Aren't the notions of freedom and slavery a thing of the past? This is the opening question of this video feature. The viewer is carefully introduced to the complexity of questions and concepts of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.

The answer is, they are - unless we look beyond the dichotomy of slavery versus freedom and take into account the many other forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies. Forced labor, for example, is something we are familiar with today. It can often be linked to strong asymmetrical dependencies dating back hundreds of years. The Black Lives Matter movement is a very good example, it is part of the genealogy of the transatlantic slave trade. We learn that history is very present at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.


Our lead article by Rudolf Stichweh focuses on "Values, Norms, and Institutions in the Study of Slavery and other Forms of Asymmetrical Dependency." Find out in what way the paradoxical theory of "including exclusion" can be seen as the institutional form of almost all strong asymmetrical dependencies and what it means for the historical and contemporary study of societies.

Call for Papers: Competing Memories

International Conference on March 29-31, 2023 at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, organized by Sinah Kloß, Andrea Gremels and Ulrike Schmieder.

Professorial Promotion Announcement

We are very pleased to announce that BCDSS fellow Dr Fırat Yaşa has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor(History Department) by his home institution, Düzce University (Turkey).

We wish Fırat every success with his research at the BCDSS and beyond. Congratulations!


Watch our exhibition trailer

Watch our latest video on the “Resources of Power” Exhibition to find out how objects talk about dependency and slavery. Our researchers at the 'Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies' are keen to show the impact that material culture had and still has.

Professorial Promotion Announcement

We are very pleased to announce that BCDSS fellow Dr Chioma Daisy Onyige has been promoted from senior lecturer to the position of Professor of Sociology (Criminology) by her home institution, the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In fact, the promotion has been effective retrospectively from October 2020.

We wish Daisy every success with her research at the BCDSS and beyond. Congratulations!

Call for applications for ten fellowships for the academic year 2022/2023

The Heinz Heinen Kolleg – Center for Advanced Study at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) is calling for applications for ten fellowships for the academic year 2022/2023. The center brings together excellent international scholars whose research focuses on various forms of strong asymmetrical dependency and slavery in all historical periods before the 20th century, and all cultural contexts.

International Masters in Slavery, Forced Migration & Reparative Justice

As consortium partner, the BCDSS draws attention to a new joint international Masters program in Slavery, Forced Migration & Reparative Justice, starting in September 2022.

The two-year program offers a unique opportunity to study the history of slavery and reparatory justice from a global and comparative perspective, building on the expertise of seven European universities.

Find out more:  

Thank you for your contributions to a successful year 2021

On behalf of all cluster members, the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies would like to thank all those who contributed to the center's activities, as well as all those who supported us during the course of the year. 

We look forward to working with you in the coming year!

Welcome to Frank J. Cirillo

With the arrival of Frank J. Cirillo we proudly announce the new Bonn-Yale-Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Fellowship. The scheme allows us to welcome a Yale scholar (or a scholar chosen by Yale University) to the BCDSS for the duration of one year as of the academic year 2021/2022 and through to 2025. The fellowship is designed to broaden our perspectives on transatlantic slavery.

Congratulations to Béla Bodó

We are proud to announce that BCDSS member Béla Bodó was awarded the Hungarian Studies Association's book prize 2021 for his monograph "The White Terror: Antisemitic and Political Violence in Hungary, 1919-1921" by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEES). Béla Bodó is an investigator at the BCDSS.

Congratulations to Eva Lehner

This year’s Dissertation Award of the Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechter­forschung e.V. went to BCDSS member Eva Lehner for her outstanding work in the field of historical women's and gender studies. Eva, who joined the cluster in October, is a research associate in Research Area E: Gender and Intersectionality.

Slavery and Other Forms of Strong Asymmetrical Dependencies
Online via zoom
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
The workshop wants to analyze slavery and other forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies in Ottoman South Eastern Europe. We look to the Ottoman Empire from ...
Slavery in Africa: Past, Legacies and Present (SLAFCO)
University of Yaoundé ...
08:30 AM
Research on slavery in Africa has benefited from a clear dynamism in recent years, supported, partly, by international research programmes as well as by the ...
Cultural Heritage: Perspectives from the Caribbean
Online via Jitsi
03:00 PM
The workshop aims at approaching the contested heritage of slavery and memory politics in the Caribbean states from an interregional and multidisciplinary ...
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