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Excellence Strategy – The Cluster of the Text-oriented Sciences successful

On September 27th of 2018 the University of Bonn received the decision of the commission of the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” to fund six Clusters of Excellence at the University of Bonn – more than at any other university in Germany. With the Cluster “Beyond Slavery and Freedom: Asymmetrical Dependencies in Pre-Modern Societies” the Faculty of Arts was able to celebrate a successful cluster in which six Departments of the Faculty are participating.

Dependency research so far has almost exclusively dealt with slavery on the American continent or in antiquity. The cluster “Beyond Slavery and Freedom: Agency within Asymmetrical Structures of Individual and Group Dependencies in Pre-modern Societies” seeks to broaden this perspective in terms of content, space and time. The cluster strives to become an internationally visible and renowned center for dependency and slavery research. Its main contribution will be to bring together an extraordinary network of academic disciplines. The University of Bonn is ideally suited for this endeavor given that it boasts a wide range of so-called small subjects. A fellow program, a graduate school, a postdoctoral program, the establishment of an international master's program and a global research network will provide a new generation of researchers. Anyone who wants to do research in this field in the future should first think of Bonn. Cluster speakers are Prof. Dr. Stephan Conermann, Prof. Dr. Karoline Noack and Prof. Dr. Konrad Vössing.

From January 1, 2019, the Clusters of Excellence will receive funding of up to ten million euros per year for an initial period of seven years. The funding of joint Clusters of Excellence further strengthens the so-called ABC region of science (Aachen, Bonn, Cologne including Jülich), says Rector Professor Hoch: “The ABC region is already one of the most research-intensive metropolitan regions in Germany and Europe."

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