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Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Marcos Leitão De Almeida
Online via Zoom
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
My work addresses a persistent problem in African history: the deep history of slavery in the Lower Congo region. While historians acknowledge the importance ...
Call for Papers: The new American Antiquarian (NAA)

Call for Papers: The New American Antiquarian (NAA), a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to reconstructing the hemispheric American past to 1825 A.D. trough the publication of critically edited source material, invites submissions for its inaugural issue. The mission of the NAA is to foster the empirical reconstruction of the American past. NAA strives to advance this object principally through the peer-reviewed publications of critically edited source material.

Out now: Podcast of Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Alessandra Batty

Alessandra Batty talks about "Tracking dependency in late-antique Roman domestic architecture: the example of the Domus del Ninfeo at Ostia (III, VI, 1-3)".  Available on our Youtube channel.

BCDSS Conference Sept. 28-30, 2021

Don't miss the BCDSS Conference on September 28-30, 2021 organized by Prof. Dr. Wolfram KinzigDr. Julia Winnebeck and Dr. Maria Munkholt.

Annual Conference "Embodied Dependencies" - NEW TIMINGS!

Please note the CHANGE OF TIMINGS:

The conference takes place Wednesday, 22.09.2021 (11:30 CEST START)  - Thursday, 23.09.2021

The two-day conference hosted by Research Area B examines “embodied dependencies” in human societies from archaeological, art-historical and anthropological perspectives, exploring their historical breadth and variety.

 

Call for Participation

This digital workshop "What is new in the Archaeology of Mobilities? Current issues, latest trends” will take place on 18 February 2022. In order to generate a creative working atmosphere, we want to conduct the workshop using the World Cafémethod. Group discussions and breakout sessions are planned. We will introduce each session with a specific query that relates to the overall workshop question. During the event, participants will discuss these questions within their group before moving on to the next table/group. At the end of the process, a plenary session will summarize the key ideas and discuss follow-up options.

The workshop will take place via Zoom. We encourage scholars from all academic levels to participate. Please register by sending a short statement of motivation (max. 200 words) by 15 January 2022 to: agkulturbewegung@agtida.de

The Early Slave Trade from Angola to Brazil and the Spanish Caribbean

New Podcast of the Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture "The Early Slave Trade from Angola to Brazil and the Spanish Caribbean" by David Wheat is available on Youtube.

Annual Conference "Embodied Dependencies"

Wednesday, 22.09.2021 (09:30 CET start)  - Thursday, 23.09.2021 

The two-day conference hosted by Research Area B examines “embodied dependencies” in human societies from archaeological, art-historical and anthropological perspectives, exploring their historical breadth and variety.

 

Congratulations to Julia Hillner, Pia Wiegmink, Claudia Jarzebowski and Christoph Witzenrath

The historians Julia Hillner and Claudia Jarzebowski as well as the American Studies scholar Pia Wiegmink will take up their professorships at the Cluster starting in fall, completing the team of professorships established as part of the Excellence Strategy. Christoph Witzenrath, also a historian, already researches and teaches at the BCDSS. At yesterday's reception at the university's Rector's Office, Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Hoch officially presented the appointment certificates to our four Cluster Professors.

June 28, 2021, 16:00 - Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Klaus Weber

June 28, 2021, 16:00 - Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Klaus Weber

DEPENDENT is the research magazine of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.

The first issue of our cluster magazine 2021 focuses on the connection of resources and asymmetrical dependencies in different societies.

In our interview section, five of our researchers are giving an insight into their research perspective.

We hope to provide you with further insight into our broad field of research.

Enjoy the read.

DEPENDENT is the research magazine of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.

Issue 2021/2 of our Cluster magazine has a particular focus on Research Area B “Embodied Dependencies”. In it, we inform you, among other things, about the concept of the BCDSS’ Growing Exhibition “Slavery in Context”, opening on 14 July, and about representations of slaves in ancient Mediterranean visual art.

Opening of the experimental, growing, decentralised exhibition on 14 July at 17:00 (CET) via livestream

Opening of the experimental, growing, decentralised exhibition on 14 July at 17:00 (CET) via livestream

Professors at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

The BCDSS is delighted to announce that as of October 2021, Julia Hillner, Claudia Jarzebowski, Pia Wiegmink and Christoph Witzenrath will hold our four BCDSS Professorships.

Julia Hillner, who will start her post in October 2021m is already at the BCDSS as a Heinz Heinen Fellow. She works predominantly on the transformations of the family and the household in the period 300–750 and how these are reflected in legal norms and practices. In addition, she also focuses on a number of related topics ranging from the urban context of the family and property holding, particularly in the late antique city of Rome, to issues of authority, hierarchy and discipline within the household and how these have influenced concepts and practices of state punishment in late antiquity.


Claudia Jarzebowski will start her BCDSS Professorship in September 2021. In her current research, she focuses on global and gender history of the early modern period, including the history of dependence and enslavement, as well as the genesis of bourgeois society. She has previously focused on the social and cultural history of the early modern period, the history of children and emotion during the period of 1450-1800, and on historical research into violence and crime.

Pia Wiegmink will start her BCDSS Professorship in September 2021. Pia Wiegmink is interested in cultural practices and narratives of nineteenth-century American slavery and dependency and their transatlantic entanglements and circulation. In previous research projects, she examined US American abolitionist literature in specific transnational contexts and highlighted the role of women as producers, subjects and audiences of abolitionist literature.

Christoph Witzenrath has been Professor at the BCDSS since 2017. His research focuses on the Eurasian steppe and its neighbors, and on the influence of nomadic-settled relations and the slave trade on social dependency and political representation. He aims to analyze Eurasian societies’ structural and cultural specificities that are characterized by a significant gap between state and dependent social groups.

July 19, 2021, 16:00 - Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Reinhard Zöllner

July 19, 2021, 16:00 - Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture by Reinhard Zöllner

International Conference on September 29–30, 2022, Bonn, Germany

Call for Paper: International Conference on September 29–30, 2022 at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies organized by Sinah Kloß, Lena Muders, and Taynã Tagliati (Research Group “Marking Power”).

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