James Lorand Matory is a professor of cultural anthropology and the director of the Center for African and African-American Research at Duke University. With many years of field research in West Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the U.S., he is a pioneer in circum-Atlantic research, which deals with the regions bordering the Atlantic. In particular, he was able to demonstrate the historical depth of the transatlantic relations between North and South America on the one side and Africa and Europe on the other. Through his conceptualization of the "Afro-Atlantic live dialogue “between key players, practices, and ideas, Matory has done pioneering research in the field of survival and transformation of African traditions in the Atlantic world.
J. L. Matory is the recipient of numerous international research awards, including the Social Science Research Council Award (1992), the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1995-1996), the Africanist Award (2010), and the Outstanding Africana Service Award (2012).
The award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation amounting to 60,000 euros is one of the highest research awards in Germany. The Humboldt Foundation invites outstanding scholars and scientists to conduct research in Germany in collaboration with colleagues.
Time and Location
- Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 4 p.m.
- Latin America Institute, Freie Universität, Room 201, Rüdesheimer Straße 54-56, 14197 Berlin; subway station: Breitenbachplatz (U3)