Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.


The BCDSS film screening and discussion series is organized in cooperation with Bonner Brotfabrik, a local independent cinema and cultural center. The program showcases numerous forms and perspectives of strong asymmetrical dependencies through the medium of film, allowing for a sense of immediacy. The film screenings are followed by talks with the audience and members of the BCDSS. Everyone is welcome to take part!

Regardless of culture, region or era, human oppression can be found anywhere in the world. They appear in the shape of slavery, serfdom, debt bondage, forced labor and child labor, human trafficking, domestic violence or sexual exploitation. Strong asymmetrical power relations and dependencies seem to be a universal social phenomenon.

The Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) at the University of Bonn is one of only three Clusters of Excellence in Germany in the field of humanities. Our international researchers explore the phenomenon of slavery and other forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies from numerous perspectives within the humanities and social sciences. In doing so, we want to bring to the fore the lives of the various oppressed people. Through their perspectives, the prevailing view of history is extended and revised, as besides slavery, further forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies come into view, such as serfdom, debt bondage, forced labor and child labor, human trafficking, domestic violence or sexual exploitation. This gives way to many pressing questions:

What are the mechanisms behind the hierarchisation of society? In what way do historic dependency relations affect our lives today? What can we learn from the past? Which forms of strong dependencies, oppression and hierarchisation do we have on our doorstep? Do we nurture them in any way?

Past Film Screenings and Discussions

The association Förderverein Filmkultur Bonn carries out participatory film work that is firmly based at the cultural centre Brotfabrik Bonn and at the same time extends far beyond the site. For over 30 years, the association has been organizing the Bonn International Silent Film Festival in the university's arcade courtyard. One of the tasks of the Förderverein Filmkultur is to provide the city of Bonn, as well as districts within the city that are further away from culture, with a renowned platform to enable artistic, political and international discourse using the medium of film.

For more talks, join Kinosophie "Philosphische Filmbetrachtungen" every second Thursday at Kino in der Brotfabrik.

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