19. April 2024

International Workshop on "Contemporary Slavery and Asymmetrical Dependency in Nigeria" International Workshop on "Contemporary Slavery and Asymmetrical Dependency in Nigeria"

A Cooperation between the BCDSS and the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Together with Prof. Dr. Chioma Daisy Onyige and our partner institution from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, we host an international workshop on "Contemporary Slavery and Asymmetrical Dependency in Nigeria."

Workshop Onyige
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Contemporary slavery remains a pressing concern in Nigeria that is intricately linked to asymmetrical dependencies. Despite the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade centuries ago, other forms of bondage persist in contemporary society, and Nigeria serves as a poignant example. This workshop aims to shed light on the underlying factors that reinforce the perpetuation of modern-day slavery in Nigeria, with a particular focus on the dynamics of asymmetrical dependency. The analysis begins by examining the historical and socioeconomic antecedents that predispose Nigeria to other forms dependency. These analytical categories such as poverty, corruption, weak governance, and socio-cultural practices have created an environment conducive to the exploitation and enslavement of individuals, particularly women, children, and the less privileged. The complex web of asymmetrical relations and diverse processes of enslavement are reproduced by institutions, beliefs, values and practices that maintain and enforce coercive relationships. The two-day workshop being organised by the Department of Sociology, University of Port Harcourt and hosted by the Bonn Centre for Dependency and Slavery studies will bring together renowned scholars and PhD students from both institutions working in the field of asymmetrical dependency to discuss the historical, socioeconomic, and power dynamics at play.


Please note: Due to very limited seating, we also offer the option of participating online via Zoom. Registration is required! 


Please register by 30 April via email to:

Jan Hörber

BCDSS Event Coordinator


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