Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir is a literary and cultural historian based at the
Department of English, King’s College London. She works on embodiment, memory, post-trauma, and pleasure in the global South. From 2013-2018, she directed
‘Modern Moves’, a five-year research project funded by an ERC Advanced Grant.
Modern Moves examined music and dance created globally through colonialism and
the slave trade, in order to advance a new understanding of modernity based on affiliation and embodied pleasure. For her innovative and boundary-crossing work, Ananya was awarded the Infosys Science Foundation’s 2017 Infosys Humanities Prize and, in October 2018, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Humboldt Research Prize, Germany. She is currently writing the book, ‘Alegropolitics: Connecting on the Afromodern Dance Floor’.