Cluster of Excellence “Beyond Slavery and Freedom”
The Max Planck Institute for European Legal History is participating in the recently created Cluster of Excellence 'Beyond Slavery and Freedom' at the University of Bonn. The aim of the Cluster is to overcome the established analytical slavery / freedom dichotomy by promoting 'asymmetrical dependency' as a more precise concept for historical analyses of inequalities concerning the distribution of power and resources in different societies.
The MPIeR joins the Cluster with Thomas Duve as Principal Investigator and with the Research Group 'Law and the Creation of Dependency in the Ibero-Atlantic', led by Mariana Dias Paes. The Research Group aims to analyse the role of law and normativities in creating and reshaping asymmetrical forms of dependency. One focus will be the colonial experiences in the early modern Ibero-Atlantic. Special attention will also be paid to the process of reforms that normative orders underwent during the long nineteenth century. The research being conducted by the coordinator and the PhD students consists of several case studies, which aim to localize the dependencies in different contexts and territories.