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05 April 2019

Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir wins Humboldt Research Award

This prestigious award is conferred in recognition of the winner's entire academic record to date.

Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir and Professor Hans-Christian Pape
Professor of Literature, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, receives her award from Professor Hans-Christian Pape, Director of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Professor Kabir is well-known internationally for her wide-ranging work in medieval studies, postcolonial studies, and, most recently, her investigations into the Afropolitan dance floor.

Her innovative and much-acclaimed research has deeply probed the complex tensions between the affective and commercial worlds of present-day Afropolitan couple dances and the violent and diasporic histories and traditions these dances derive from and gesture towards. In Germany, Professor Kabir will focus on the transnational temporalities of the Carnivalesque in Modernity.

About the Humboldt Research Award

The award is valued at €60,000 and is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date, to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. 

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Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Professor of English Literature