NEWS from the BCDSS

Impressions from the Reading & Discussion with Mareice Kaiser

You can now watch a short video of the reading and discussion with journalist and writer Mareice Kaiser from 30 October 2023, held in cooperation with the Volkshochschule (‘Adult Education Centre’) Bonn.

We had the pleasure of hosting Mareice Kaiser for a captivating session on her latest book:

"How much? What we do with money and what money does to us"

Money, a subject often shrouded in silence and shame, took center stage as Mareice Kaiser delved into the intricacies of the financial narratives and emotions of individuals navigating the spectrum of wealth (and the lack of it).

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

December 2 marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. On this day in 1949, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The main objective of this day is to eradicate modern forms of slavery, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labour, forced marriage, and the coerced enlistment of children for use in armed conflict. 

New article by BCDSS Postdoctoral Researcher Josef Köstlbauer

BCDSS Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Josef Köstlbauer's new article "Subjugation by Labelling: Analysing the Semantics of Subservience in a Fugitive Slave Case from Eighteenth-Century Germany" has been published in the special issue of the ÖZG (Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtsforschung).

Book Review by Anas Ansar

BCDSS PhD Researcher Anas Ansar has recently written a review of the book "Waves of Upheaval in Myanmar: Gendered Transformations and Political Transitions" by Jenny Hedström and Elisabeth Olivius. It has been published by the International Quarterly of Asian Studies (IQAS) Autumn issue. 

"Afrika – Atlantik – Amerika" - Book Review

BCDSS Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Michael Zeuske's monograph, "Africa – Atlantic – America: Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa, the Atlantic, the Americas, and Europe," was reviewed in the magazine Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift (Volume 82, Issue 2) by Ulrich van der Heyden.

You can find the article here.

P. E. MacAllister Field Archaeology Award for Prof. Dr. Bethany J. Walker

Congratulations to BCDSS Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Bethany J. Walker on receiving the P. E. MacAllister Field Archaeology Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of ancient Near Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology. The award ceremony will be held at the 2023 ASOR (American Society of Overseas Research) Annual Meeting in Chicago on 17 November.

"The Abolitionist Civil War" - Book Launch

Join us Wednesday, November 15th at 2pm CT (3pm ET) for a Facebook Live discussion and Q&A featuring former BCDSS Bonn-Yale-Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Fellow Frank J. Cirillo and his new LSU Press book, "The Abolitionist Civil War: Immediatists and the Struggle to Transform the Union."

Facebook Event

Film Screening & Conversation: PARIS IS BURNING

Don’t miss our third and last film screening this year in cooperation with Kino in der Brotfabrik!

Co-edited by BCDSS Postdoctoral Researcher

Co-edited by BCDSS Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Jennifer Leetsch, Frederike Middelhoff and Miriam Wallraven and  published with De Gruyter’s series on Transnational Approaches to Culture

On Gender and Intersectionality: Upcoming Events 2023/24

Check out all related events for the new Academic Year!

New Article by Josef Köstlbauer

BCDSS Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Josef Köstlbauer's new article "A 'Moors' Lovefeast' and Masked Enslavement in the Eighteenth-Century Moravian Church" has been published in the Journal of Global Slavery.

"Wie Viel? Was wir mit Geld machen und was Geld mit uns macht"

Join us on 30 October 2023 for our reading & discussion on "How much? What we do with money and what money does to us."

ESTA (Exploring Slave Trade in Asia) Database Launch

As one of the collaborators of the project and international partner of the International Institute of Social History (IISH), Amsterdam, the BCDSS is very pleased to host the launch of the ESTA Database on Friday, 17 November 2023. 

(Im)materiality, new archives and the Caribbean

The next Socare Early-Career Symposium (21-22 March 2024) will be hosted by the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies.

Workshop "Beyond Environmentalism: Ecosocialism and Dependency in Anthropological Perspective"

A preoccupation with the environment is en vogue due to the acceleration of climate change in the twenty-first century, yet, it is not recent in social sciences. As a result, "environmental" and "ecological" have gained attention in public, political and academic debates, but the distinction between them in terms of praxis is not widely addressed. Ecosocialists argue that ecological concern was already present in Marx's writings and that there is a long tradition of leftist scholars addressing the topic. Thus, in this workshop we aim at having in-depth discussions on this Marxist legacy under a framework provided by the field of Anthropology. In this sense, we address contrasting and contesting notions of ecology, in particular regarding non-Western and indigenous ontologies.

Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lectures - Fall/Winter 2023

We regularly invite renowned international scholars from across the world to present their ongoing research related to asymmetrical dependency and slavery. In return we offer the possibility to publish a revised version of their lectures as part of our Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Publications.

See what's coming up between October and December!

Welcome to the new Academic Year 2023/24!

This year's thematic focus will be on Gender and Intersectionality (Research Area E)!

Panel Discussion “African-European Perspectives on Migration: Advancing the Field through Transdisciplinarity”

BCDSS PhD Researcher Ayesha Hussain joins the panel discussion during the "Global Fair" on 20 October as part of the International Days at the University of Bonn. 

New Publication by Viola Müller

Postdoctoral Researcher Dr. Viola Müller has just published a new book, Moving Workers, together with editors Claudia Bernardi, Biljana Stojić and Vilhelm Vilhelmsson.

Call for Papers - Children, Dependency, and Emotions in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800

The conference aims to foreground children’s representations, articulations, and their experiences in archival and visual narratives as modes of overcoming their assumed absences in the historical record.

Out Now: Volume 9 of the BCDSS book series "Dependency and Slavery Studies"

Congratulations to BCDSS Speaker Prof. Dr. Stephan Conermann as well as Prof. Dr. Youval Rotman, Prof. Dr. Ehud R. Toledano, and Prof. Dr. Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz (Tel Aviv University, Israel) on the publication of their edited volume Comparative and Global Framing of Enslavement

This volume explores new perspectives that comprise both historical and contemporary forms of slavery. This development, which could certainly be termed a turn in the study of slavery, has also led to an increased awareness of enslavement as a global phenomenon, calling for a comparative, trans-regional approach across time-space divides. Though different aspects of enslavement in different societies and eras are discussed, each of the volume’s three parts contributes to, and has benefitted from, a global perspective of enslavement. The contributions in Part One propose to structure the global examination of the theoretical, ideological, and methodological aspects of the "global," "local," and "glocal." Part Two, "Regional and Trans-regional Perspectives of the Global," presents, through analyses of historical case studies, the link between connectivity and mobility as a fundamental aspect of the globalization of enslavement. Finally, Part Three deals with personal points of view regarding the global, local, and glocal. 

Download Volume 9 via Open Access

Free Webinar "From Slavery to Freedom in the American South and Dutch Caribbean"

On Thursday, 12 October 2023 the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (RIAS) and The Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) in New York will organize a free 1-hour webinar titled “From Slavery to Freedom in the American South and Dutch Caribbean,” with renowned historians Manisha Sinha (University of Connecticut) and Coen van Galen (Radboud University Nijmegen). 

Conference: Slavery and Asymmetrical Dependency in the Global History of Labor - Cienfuegos 1870-1900

Prof. Dr. Michael Zeuske will be delivering a talk at the conference that is held both in Spanish and English, and co-organized by the BCDSS.

"Tori and Lokita": Film Screening and Discussion

Join us on September 28th, 2023, for the screening and discussion of this gripping movie about two young refugees from Benin and Cameroon by the Dardenne Brothers, prior to its official launch in October.  

Congratulations to Julia Hillner!

Her book Helena Augusta: Mother of the Empire was selected by the Heldt Prize Committee of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies as the Best Book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Women’s and Gender Studies (2023).

Mongolia honors Prof. Dr. Jan Bemmann

Archaeologist and BCDSS Principal Investigator Prof. Dr. Jan Bemmann as well as Dr. Susanne Reichert have received outstanding awards for their long and successful research work in Mongolia. At the Ministry of Education and Science of Mongolia in the capital Ulaanbaatar, the State Secretary M. Batgerel conferred the Polar Star on Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jan Bemmann, the highest decoration to be awarded to foreigners. He is currently working in Mongolia as part of Research Group 5438 "Urban Influence on the Mongolian Plateau: Interconnections of Urbanism, Economy and Environment", newly approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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

Everyone is cordially invited to join our workshop, "Child Slaveries in the Early Modern
World, 1500-1800," on Wednesday, October 18 from 12:00-17:00 (CET).

Congratulations to Laurie Venters!

He has just completed his PhD at the BCDSS.

Dr. Viola Müller Awarded Veni Funding by the Dutch Research Council (NWO)

Congratulations to BCDSS postdoctoral researcher Dr. Viola Müller on being awarded a Veni grant for her research project "From Slavery to Illegality? Labor Coercion and Capitalism in the Americas, 1840-1914". Veni fundings are awarded once a year by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), one of the leading funding bodies in the Netherlands.

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