Prof. Dr. Carola Lentz
Professor at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
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Carola Lentz is professor at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. Her research focusses on West Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso), and she is particularly interested in ethnicity and nationalism, the politics of memory, the history of chieftaincy and colonial history, labour migration and mobility, land rights, social stratification, and the emergence of a middle class. Her book Land, Mobility and Belonging in West Africa (Indiana University Press, 2013) received the Melville Herskovits Award by the African Studies Association of the US. Together with the Australian historian David Lowe, she recently published Remembering Independence (Routledge, 2018). She was fellow at a number of institutes for advanced study, among others the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2017-18) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2000-01). In June 2014, she was elected member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities as whose vice-president she serves since 2018.