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Videos & Recordings

Here you can find a selection of our videos and recordings. For an overview of all recordings, please visit our YouTube channel. 

About the BCDSS

Reading & discussion with Mareice Kaiser

Pia Wiegmink on WDR Radio

Launch of the BCDSS Library of Ancient Slavery

Reading & Discussion with Natassa Sideri

International Cooperations at the BCDSS

Why Dependency and Slavery Studies matter today.

What we learn from Transatlantic Slavery

Freiheit, Sklaverei und Zwangsarbeit - Was lehrt uns die Geschichte?

Pfeiffer-Poensgen: Hier sehe ich, was Unis zu bieten haben!

Ceremonial opening of the Bonn Center of Digital Humanities at University of Bonn

BCDSS Joseph C. Miller Memorial Lecture Series


Elizabeth Urban on: Women at the Margins: Exploring Freed and Servile Women in Early Islamic History

Nazan Maksudyan on: Genocidal Disruption of Johannes Jakob Manissadjian’s (1862 – 1942) Lifework: A Biographical Approach to Mass Violence and Indigenous Knowledge Production

Erin Thomas Dailey on: Making Slaves in the Bedroom. Making Society in the Household. Sexual Vulnerability and Sexual Desire as Historical Agents in Late Antiquity

Margaret R. Hunt on: Lascars, Peons and Sodomy around the Red Sea in the mid-Seventeenth Century

Julia A.B. Hegewald on: Jainism under Threat: Extreme Forms of Dependency in Medieval Karnataka, South India

Manik Bajracharya on: Slavery in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Nepal

Claudia Bernardi on: “¿Que es un bracero?”. Questioning dependency and desires from the perspective of Mexican contract workers

Jane Whittle on: Gender, Freedom, and Work in Early Modern Europe

Matthew J. Perry on: Gratitude for Freedom: Men, Women, and the Looming Possibility of Re-enslavement


Rachel Sarah O’Toole on: Practicing Debt and Transforming Freedom in Colonial Peru

Nadine Riegler on " On the move. Gender and mobility in late antique letters"

Christopher Paolella on: Against Her Will and Crying Out': Poverty and Human Trafficking in Late-Medieval Europe

Mikhail Nakonechnyi: “Traverse of the Moribunds”: the journeys of invalid ex-prisoners, released from the Gulag forced-labour camps, 1930-1953

Raquel Gil Montero on: Personal service” and related coercive labor relations in the Viceroyalty of Seventeenth-Century Peru

Louise C. de Mello: A Life Story In The Guaporé Rubber Fields: Racial relations and labour coercion in the South West Amazonian commodities frontier

Alice Rio: The European slave trade and regional profiles of slavery in the Early Middle Ages

J. Nicholas Reid :Imprisonment as Historical Process: Examples from Ancient Mesopotamia

Manuela Boatcă: Romani Europeans. The Forgotten Enslavement

Enrique Martino: The Exchange Structures of the Slave Trade: Money, Means, and Metrology in Atlantic Africa

Uroš Matić: Gender as a Frame of War in Ancient Nubia

Décio Muianga & Diogo Oliveira: Slavery in Northern Mozambique, trade dynamics and past interactions in India Ocean: Ilha de Moçambique, 900 AD to 1800

Christian Langer: Egypt’s Rise as a Great Power: Slavery, Forced Migration & Accumulation of Wealth by Dispossession

Victoria Basualdo: Repression against the labor movement in Cold War dictatorships in Latin America: military and business responsibility in human rights violations in the case of Argentina (1976-1983)

Laura Putnam: Child Labor and Sexual Abuse in a Mobile World: Vexed Asymmetric Dependencies in the Post-Emancipation Greater Caribbean"

Johannes Preiser-Kapeller: "Loyal servants of the realm or swarms of locusts? Mobilisations of military and civil labour for the empires of western Afroeurasia in the aftermath of the First Plague Pandemic, 8th - 9th centuries"

Sidh Losa Mendiratta: Shaping Old Goa: Slavery, Caste and Religion in the Capital of the Estado da Índia (16 to 18th c.)

Elisa-Maria Hiemer: “You will listen to every name!” Destinies of young women working as maids in interwar Poland.

Julia Harnoncourt: Unfree labour relations in Brazil’s Amazon region


Thomas Duve: Asymmetrical Dependency: A view from Global Legal History

João Fragoso, Thiago Krause: Sugar Mill Owners, Slavery, and the Slave Trade in Brazil: Bahia and Rio de Janeiro, 1600-1750

Romina Zamora: Slavery and indigenous servitude in the southern Andes, from the Sixteenth to Eighteenth centuries

Dan-el Padilla Peralta: The Epistemics of Mass Enslavement: Some Initial Hypotheses

Alex Geurds: The basis of political power in pre-Columbian southern Central America

Mark Hauser: Perennial Problem Solving

Thomas Pierson: Legal Asymmetries and Dependencies in German Civil Service Relations since the Late Middle Ages

Rafael de Bivar Marquese: Asymmetrical dependencies in the making of a global commodity: Coffee in the longue durée

Juan Lewis: Jesus the slave owner and its implications for the history of Christianity and slavery

Nabil Matar: Mediterranean Captives in the Arabic Archives, 1517-1798

Peter Gemeinhardt: Did late ancient Christianity depend on classical Paideia, and did it ever get rid of it?

Johannes Auenmüller: The Display of Social Relations and Dependencies: Case Studies from Pharaonic Egypt

Tommaso Beggio: ... nam poenae servus est, non Caesaris. Some remarks on the so-called servi poenae

Caroline Wallis: Symbolic acrobatics and economic phenomena in early Mesopotamian states

Andrew Wells: Slavery Beyond the Human: Animals and Chattel Slavery in the British Atlantic World, 1600–1840


Pamela Crossley: Dependency and the Mirage of 'Ethnicity'

Clara Almagro–Vidal: Uneven Relationships: Exploring the Dependence of Muslims on Military Orders in Medieval Iberia

Denis Regnier: An incomplete emancipation: Unintended consequences of colonial abolition in Madagascar

Elisabeth Herrmann-Otto: Elisabeth Herrmann-Otto

Marcos Leitão De Almeida: The Problem of Slavery in the Lower Congo

Alessandra Batty: Tracking dependency in late-antique Roman domestic architecture

Manuel Barcia Paz: The Art of Healing. African Medical Practitioners in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

David Wheat: The Early Slave Trade

Truth-effects and differends. The "comfort women" and their monuments

Klaus Weber: Once a flourishing trade, then gladly forgotten

William Clarence Smith: Debt and the coercion of labour in the Islamic legal tradition

Hans Kopp: ‘Slavery’ and ‘dependency’ as interpretative tools for analysing Roman mutiny narratives

Sheryllynne Haggerty:I am so chained down by my business to this spot’ Making Money in Jamaica, 1756

Henry Lovejoy: Building West Africa Historical GIS: Mapping Enforced Internal & External Migrations

Edward B. Rugemer: Planter Power during the Era of the Haitian Revolution: Jamaica & South Carolina

Rafaël Thiébaut: Changes in Enslavement Methods on Madagascar &Slavery in the Mascarenes (1725-1810)

Ravi Ahuja: British Liner Companies and "Racial Management" in the Early Twentieth Century

Jonathan DeVore: The Apotheosis of Primitive Accumulation: Cash Transfers in the COVID-19 Crisis

Astrid van Oyen: Making Things Forget: Human & Material Dependencies in Roman Pompeii & Herculaneum


Boudewijn Sirks: The Colonate in the Roman Empire: A Balance-act Between Freedom and Bond

Claudia Rauhut: Redressing Historical Injustice: Caribbean Claims for Slavery Reparations

Klara Boyer Rossol: History and Memories of the Makua in Western Madagascar, 19th to 20th Centuries

Mary Weismantel: The Phallus of the Dead

Ana Mateos: The Color of Freedom: Two Proposals and a Subject Matter

Raquel Sirotti: Within the Law: Criminal Law and Political Repression in Brazil (1889-1930)

Ian Hodder: The Force Fields of Things: An Archaeological Focus on Sequences of Things

Reuven Amitai: A Very Peculiar Institution: Military Slavery in the Mamluk Sultanate

S. Abel: Debate Around Genetic Reconstruction of African Ancestry in Post-slavery American Societies

Jonathan Brown: Did Premodern Muslim Scholars Consider Slavery Evil?

Paola A. Revilla Orias: Historizing the Yanacona: Methodogical Decisions, Implications & Challenges

Gabriel Zuchtriegel: G. Zuchtriegel: Subalternity & Populations in Classical Greece: Social Reality & Ideological Legacy

Damian Pargas: Performing Freedom: Strategies of Escaping Slavery in the Slaveholding South

Kostas Vlassopoulos: Enslaved Persons and Their Multiple Identities in Ancient Societies

Enrique Martino: "Nothing Is Free Here": Labor Recruitment, Tessmann and the Fang in Spanish Guinea

Sidney Chalhoub: The Other Side of Silence: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Andrea Binsfeld: Dominus & tyrannos? Narratives of Slavery in Political Discourse of Late Antiquity

Bruno Lamas: The Decomposition of Capitalism, Automation and the Problem of "Modern Slavery"

David Lewis: Slavery and Ancient Greek Economic Development

Turkana Allahverdiyeva: Non-elite Household Slavery in the Eighteenth-century Crimean Khanate

Chioma Daisy Onyige: Human Smuggling & Human Trafficking in Nigeria. Research Methods and Approaches

Gwyn Campbell: Western Attitudes to Slavery in the Indian Ocean World from 1807 to the Present Day

Pierangelo Buongiorno: The "Dictionary" of Dependencies in the Roman Empire: Some Remarks


Paolo Tedesco: The Rise and Fall of North Africa’s Peasantry

Roberto Hofmeister Pich: Ideology of Black Slavery

Charles Ramble: Of Human Bondage in the Nepal Himalaya

Richard B. Allen: Slaves, Convicts, Indentured Laborers

BCDSS Exhibitions

Exhibition opening

"Resources of Power - Objects Talk about Slavery and Dependency" Exhibition

Sammlungsobjekte und das Prinzip "Transparenz und Rückgabe"

BCDSS Livestream Opening Growing Exhibition


"Islamic Feminism and Dependency," 7 March 2024

International Workshop on “Islamic Feminisms and Dependency” Part of a two-day event series marking International Women’s Day 2024

"Slavery and Dependency: New Perspectives on Cultural Heritage and German Global History," 6-8 July 2022

Keynote by Renate Duerr

Keynote by Manisha Sinha

Keynote by Jennifer Morgan

Cluster Opening Conference 6-7 November 2019

Opening Conference Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

Trevor Burnard: The Demise of the Royal African Company 1672–1708

Michael Zeuske: The Second Slavery as a Global Phenomenon:

Maria Agren: Service, Help and Delegation: Labor Relations in the Past

Lecture Maria Fernanda Ugalde: Gender Inequalities in Pre-Hispanic Times

Fernanda Pirie: What Did It Mean to Be a Slave?

Lecture Noel Lenski: Original Sin, Ancient and Modern:

Rudolf Stichweh: Theories of Asymmetrical Dependency

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