J. Lorand Matory
Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology & History, Africa, African Diaspora, Transnationalism
Anthropology of religion, of ethnicity, and of education; history and theory of anthropology; African and African-inspired religions around the Atlantic perimeter; ethnic diversity in the African-descended population of the US; tertiary education as a culture; gender, religion and politics; transnationalism; spirit possession
J. Lorand Matory is the Director of the Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic Project and the Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. For six years, from 2009 until 2015, he also directed the University's Center for African and African American Research. Professor Matory conducts field research in Brazil, Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica and the US. Choice magazine named his Sex and the Empire That Is No More: Gender and the Politics of Metaphor in Oyo Yoruba Religion an Outstanding Book of the Year in 1994, and his Black Atlantic Religion: Tradition, Transnationalism and Matriarchy in the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé received the Herskovits Prize for the best book of 2005 from the African Studies Association. His forthcoming research on ethnic diversity at historically black Howard University was the subject of the 2008 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures and will be published by the University of Chicago Press as Stigma and Culture: Global Migrations and the Crisis of Identity in Black America. In 2013, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded him the Alexander von Humboldt Prize, a lifetime achievement award that is one of Europe's highest academic distinctions.
Of the Race but above the Race: Stigma and the Schooling of Ethnic Identity in the "Mecca" of Black Education
Areas of Interest
African culture in the Americas
religion and politics
Matory, JL. "Gendered Agendas: the Secrets Scholars Keep about Yoruba-Atlantic Religion." Dialogues of Dispersal: Gender, Sexuality and African Diasporas. Ed. S Gunning, TW Hunter, and M Mitchell. Blackwell, 2004. 13-43.
Matory, JL. "El nuevo imperio Yoruba: Textos, migración y el auge transatlántico de la nación lucumí." Culturas encontradas: Cuba y los Estados Unidos. Ed. R Hernández and J Coatsworth. Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Cultura Juan Marinello and David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2001. 167-188. Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Afro-Atlantic Culture: On the Live Dialogue between Africa and the Americas." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Ed. HL Gates and KA Appiah. Basic Civitas Books, 1999. 36-44. Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Afro-Atlantic Culture: On the Live Dialogue between Africa and the Americas, first edition." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, first edition. Ed. KA Appiah. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999. 36-44.
Matory, JL. "Afro-Atlantic Culture: On the Live Dialogue between Africa and the Americas." Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. Ed. Henry Louis Gates and K. Anthony Appiah. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999. 36-44. Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "African and Afro-Caribbean Religions in the United States." On Common Ground: World Religions in America. Ed. D Eck. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. (Essay)
Matory, JL. "Government by Seduction: History and the Tropes of 'Mounting' in Ọyọ-Yoruba Religion." Modernity and Its Malcontents: Ritual and Power in Africa. Ed. Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1993. 58-84. Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Homens Montados: homossexualidade e simbolismo da possessão nas religiões afro-brasileiras (Mounted Men: homosexuality and the symbolism of possession in the Afro-Brazilian religions)." Escravidão e Invenção da Liberdade. São Paulo, brazil: Editora Brasiliense, 1988. 215-231. Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Contradiction and Forgetting in Yewéssey Culture." Transforming Anthropology 10.2 (July 2001): 2-12. (Academic Article) Full Text Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "The cult of nations' and the ritualization of their purity." SOUTH ATLANTIC QUARTERLY 100.1 (2001): 171-214. Full Text Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Surpassing "survival": On the urbanity of "traditional religion" in the Afro-Atlantic world." BLACK SCHOLAR 30.3-4 (2000): 36-43. Full Text Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "The English professors of Brazil: On the diasporic roots of the Yoruba nation." COMPARATIVE STUDIES IN SOCIETY AND HISTORY 41.1 (January 1999): 72-103. Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Yorubá: As Rotas e as Raízes da Nação Transatlântica, 1830-1950." Horizontes Antropológicos 4.9 (October 1998): 263-292. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy
Matory, JL. "Israel and Censorship at Harvard." The Harvard Crimson Sept 14 (2007). (Scholarly Commentary)
Fogo no Ceu: O Significado Augusto das Artes Sagradas de Xango em Nigeria, Cuba, e Brasil/Fire in the Sky: the Meaning and the Majesty of Shango's Sacred Arts in Nigeria, Cuba, and Brazil (a bi-lingual lecture). Forum-Brasil. November 8, 2014
Theorizing "Culture" between Spaces: the Afro-Atlantic Example. Keynote Address at the International Research Training Group "Between Spaces". A Collaboration between the Freie Universitaet Berlin and the Colegio de Mexico. September 3, 2014
Hegel, Marx y los dioses que hacen los hombres en el Atlantico negro (el verdadero "fetiche" no visto por la teoria social europea. Keynote Address at the Cologuio Internacional: el Caribe que Nos Une at the Festival del Caribe. Casa del Caribe. Jul...