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Cluster Magazine "DEPENDENT"

DEPENDENT is the magazine of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies which hosts the cluster of excellence "Beyond Slavery and Freedom".


The magazine DEPENDENT is published twice annually by the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS) and contains information, descriptive articles and reports about its research projects and findings, as well as its publications and events. A feature article provides insights on research into areas related to strong asymmetrical dependency. The magazine is sent out by e-mail in PDF format or in print.

Contributions wihtin the magazine identified by name reflect the opinion of the author(s) and are not to be understood as official statements by the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies (BCDSS).

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Current issue


DEPENDENT 1 | 2021
"Material Experience Makes Dependencies Real: A Resource Perspective"


Table of Contents:

Adrian Hermann:
Documenting Eploitation in the German Meat Industry: What Does Asymmetrical Dependency Have to Do with Us?

Christian Mader et. al.:
Material Experience Makes Dependencies Real: A Resource Perspective

Interview with the Research Group Leaders:
A Window on Our Research Perspectives

Anas Ansar:
Fieldwork at Home and Other Dilemmas: Visiting Refugee Camps in Bangladesh amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jahfar Shareef Pokkanali:
Dependency in Caste System

Katja Girr, Ayesha Hussain, Sinah Kloß:
BCDSS Researchers' Challenges and Coping Strategies in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty


Past issues


DEPENDENT 2 | 2020
"Slavery Without Slaves?"


Table of Contents:

Martin J. Schermaier:
Slavery Without Slaves? Law and the Legitimacy of Asymmetrical Dependencies

Lisa Hellman:
On the Political Dimension of Quarantine: A Look Back

Lotte Pelckmans:
Breaking the Silence? The Ongoing Legacies of Internal African Slavery in Mali

Interview with the International Heinz Heinen Fellows:
Our Motives for a Research Stay in Germany

Michael Zeuske:
The Long, Unfinished Search for the Humboldt House in Havana and the History of Slavery Research

Mariana Armond Dias Paes, Juelma Matos Ñgala and Maysa Espíndola Souza:
The Cluster Goes to Africa

Dita Auziņa:
Digital Methods for Safeguarding World Heritage

Dita Auziņa:
Preliminary Archaeological Fieldwork in the Miskito Coast, Nicaragua

Prof. Dr. Winfried Schmitz:
In Memoriam Heinz Heinen

Prof. Dr. Richard B. Allen:
In Memoriam Joseph C. Miller





 DEPENDENT 1 | 2020
"Strong Asymmetrical Dependencies are a Human Phenomenon"


Table of Contents:

Konrad Vössing:
Why Does Our Cluster of Excellence Need Academic Communications?

Stephan Conermann:
"Strong Asymmetrical Dependencies" Are a Humna Phenomenon

Interview with Matthias Lang, BCDH:
The Digital Transformation Process Is an Opportunity for the Humanities

Julia A. B. Hegewald:
Extreme Forms of Dependency Mirrored in the Art and Architecture of Karnataka, South India

Malik Ade:
Masquerade Festival in a Nigerian Town



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