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Research Area

From Slave to Coolie. Migrations, Work and Coolie Culture

Slavery was gradually abolished worldwide beginning in the late 18th century. Yet conditions of dependency and forms of employment that very much resemble slavery persist in many regions of the world to this day, with severe implications for those affected. Examples include the many millions of migrant labourers and day labourers, sometimes known as coolies, living in dire insecurity in countries of the Global South. This research area investigates slavery, forced and contract labour from 1850 to the present as well as the associated migration dynamics and transcultural processes.

Events and Publications by the Research Area

Several workshops and a joint publication have emerged from the research area: Bonded Labour. Global and Comparative Perspectives (18th-21st Century), 1st ed., Bielefeld: Transcript

Individual Projects of the Research Area Members