Kinderuni Bonn 

Kinderuni gives children aged 8-13 a chance to attend an academic lecture, just like a university student!
In 2023, the events took place on Monday evenings from 17:15 to 18:15 between 16 January and 27 February.
Dr. Viola Müller gave a thrilling lecture on the History of Sugar.

Sugar is in chocolate, cola, gummy bears, and adults use it to sweeten their coffee. It also hides in yogurt, tomato sauce, and chips. Sugar is everywhere. But has it always been around? Where does it come from? Did it always look the same? Who made it in the past, and who is making it today?
Dive into the history of sugar!

© V. Müller

The History of Sugar, Monday, 13 February 2023

Lecture by Dr. Viola Müller

Viola Franziska Müller is a historian whose research interests include global history, slavery, labor coercion, inequality, illegality, im/mobility, race, resistance, and urban history. Viola has studied people who escaped US-American slavery in the nineteenth century and found refuge in the cities of the slaveholding South. Her book Escape to the City: Fugitive Slaves in the Antebellum Urban South (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022) provides an encompassing analysis of their social worlds and labor prospects in the rapidly changing economic, demographic, and political landscape of the urban South. Her new project deals with the labor conditions in cities of the late-nineteenth-century Americas. Taking a transnational comparative approach, it focuses on discriminative legislation, industrialization, urban labor markets, and the social dimensions of capitalism. In the center of Viola’s research are always those men and women who were marginalized and have left few traces in the historical archives.

Recommended Reading

The World of Sugar
© Belknap Press
Sweetness and Power
© Penguin Books

Kinderuni Bonn 2023

16 January 2023 to 27 February 2023
Mondays from 17:15–18:15
Kreuzbergweg 28
53115 Bonn (Poppelsdorf) 
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