Prof. Dr. Carola Lentz

Anthropology
Illustration

Research interests
Nation building, ethnicity, politics of commemoration, middle classes, ethnography of the state, colonialism, land rights, theories of culture

Research areas
West Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso)

 


Carola Lentz invited to the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin

Carola Lentz, has been invited as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin from September 2017 to July 2018. While staying at the Institute, she will direct a focus group on “Family history and social change in West Africa.” In cooperation with two African scholars, Isidore Lobnibe (Western Oregon University) and Stanislas Meda (Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Burkina Faso), she will be working on a scholarly monograph and an audio-visual documentation about the history of one extended family originating in Northern Ghana and Burkina Faso.  ... 

Interview with 2014 Herskovits prize winner, Carola Lentz

ASA News Winter 2015

The ASA awarded the 2014 Herskovits Award to Professor Carola Lentz, for her book entitled Land, Mobility and Belonging in West Africa, published by Indiana University Press.

Read the interview with Professor Lentz. ... 

Conference Report: The Making of Middle Classes: Social Mobility and Boundary Work in Global Perspective

Venue: Berlin
Host/Organizer: Carola Lentz, Mainz; Jan Budniok, Hamburg; Andrea Noll, Hildesheim/Mainz
Date: 06.11.2014 - 08.11.2014

By: Lena Kroeker, Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Universität Bayreuth; Carola Lentz, Institut für Ethnologie und Afrikastudien, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz ... 

Carola Lentz receives Melville J. Herskovits Award for publication on land tenure and the politics of belonging in northern Ghana and Burkina Faso

Mainz anthropologist Carola Lentz received the 2014 Melville J. Herskovits Award for her book "Land, Mobility, and Belonging in the West African Savanna," published by Indiana University Press in 2013. The most important international African Studies book prize is named after the founder of interdisciplinary African Studies in the USA and has been awarded every year since 1965 by the African Studies Association (ASA) for the best English-language scholarly work on Africa. In its laudation, the jury praised Lentz's book as "a finely wrought and beautifully argued account" of the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial appropriation of land by immigrating agriculturalists in northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso. More than 100 publications were nominated for the prize this year, the 50th time the award has been presented. Books by European authors have rarely won to date and Carola Lentz is the first German academic to receive the Herskovits Award.  ... 

Video messages from the world: the future with/of anthropologies
On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology Professor Junji Koizumi (President, JASCA, Secretary-General, IUAES) invited all members of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) to a short video message on the future with/of anthropologies.
The Video Message of the DGV president Carola Lentz.  ... 
Current research project

Performing the nation and subnational differences in African national days
Subproject of the DFG 1939 Research group „Un/doing Differences. Practices of human differentiation“  ... 

Ways of Belonging in Africa: the Dynamics of Differentiation - to be translated

A symposium for and with Carola Lentz 
Friday, May 2, 2014
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 

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JGU Magazin 13 March 2014: Anthropologist from Mainz becomes a Ghanaian chief

It was the first time that the title of "maalu naa" had been awarded in Nandom, in Ghana's Upper West Region – and it was bestowed on Professor Carola Lentz from the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The title makes her a kind of chief, or, to be more precise, a "development chief" of a district that encompasses some 100 settlements with around 50,000 inhabitants. 

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Online Archive – African Independence Days

The online archive “African Independence Days” consists of 20,000 images from twelve African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria and Tanzania). It also includes a catalogue of documents/grey literature, newspapers and objects. The approx. 150 documents/grey literature and 6,000 newspaper articles listed can be consulted in the archives of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies. The approx. 150 objects (paraphernalia featuring anniversary logos and merchandise) are preserved in the department’s Ethnographic Collection.
The research database comprises ethnographic material which was collected as part of the research-project “The poetics and politics of national commemoration in Africa” (2009-2013). The Online-Archive is continued for Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, in the context of the follow-up research project “Marking ethnic and national differences in African national-day celebrations” (2013-2016).   ... 

Staging the State, Celebrating the Nation: The 2010 Independence Jubilees in Africa

Video-Blog: Archive for the ‘GGK/GCSC Keynote Lecture’ Category. Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Friday, August 31st, 2012 

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