ERC Advanced Grant to Professor Ashleigh Harris


ERC Advanced Grant is intended for active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last ten years, and the averaget grant is 2,5 million EUR. Under the call 2022, 218 researchers from 20 countries will share 544 million EUR.

Ashleigh Harris receives the grant for the project African Literary Metadata (ALMEDA). The project aims to develop new metadata for African literature, which, unlike previous colonial systems, does not focus on books. It also includes less formal literary forms, such as spoken word poetry, street theater and a variety of online genres. The goal is to make African literature more searchable, by creating and linking metadata.

The project is an attempt to respond to the problem that a large part of African literary culture is easily lost. In addition, the project will explore how the western world's contemporary understanding of the concept of 'literature' has developed alongside colonialism.

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Last modified: 2021-02-12