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Research Groups

Ten Research Groups lie at the heart of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS). They investigate the various forms of strong asymmetrical dependencies that have developed across time and space. Each Research Group consists of one postdoctoral researcher (coordinator) and two PhD students.

The topics of the Research Groups are designed to provide broad conceptual entry points for the study of dependency (without copying the topics of the Research Areas). They are aimed to stimulate research with a global, trans-epochal and multi-disciplinary approach, rather than focusing on specific regions or periods. Therefore, the individual research projects of the members of each Research Group ideally deal with various historical periods and geographic contexts, while seeking all to address the key issues of the Research Group.

The coordinator will design the research profile of his/her Research Group and conduct an individual research project. The PhD students will work at their own dissertation and participate in the activities of the Research Group and the BCDSS. The members of each Research Groups are expected to contribute primarily to the outputs of one Research Area (e.g. Research Area B “Embodied Dependencies”: touring exhibition; Research Area D “Labour and Spatiality”: textbook).

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