JMA Chairs (guest visiting professorships)

External impetus, additional expertise and international exchange is provided by a dense network of international partners and, in particular, is enhanced through the so-called JMA chairs: i.e. professorships that are temporarily occupied by international experts and are hosted at the Johanna Mestorf Academy.

The JMA Chairs are crucial in consolidating the role of ROOTS for scientific discourse, exchange, and advancement. Together with additional DFG Mercator Fellows, Humboldt Fellows, and Humboldt Professorships, the JMA chairs both benefit from and contribute to the ROOTS research environment by conducting their own research as well as by supporting ROOTS researchers, thus inspiring new interdisciplinary research strands. This guarantees the transfer of expertise as topically bundled by the six ROOTS subclusters, as well as that of cross-sectional workgroups, advanced training, and in ROOTS field laboratories.

It is expected that young researchers, in particular, greatly profit from the exposure to such a collaborative environment, which also offers them the opportunity to be integrated into the international scientific community discourse already in an early stage of their careers.

Joseph L. Rife, JMA-Chairholder (August-December 2023)

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee USA

Marcella Frangipane, JMA-Chairholder (May-July2023)

Sapienza, Universita di Roma, Italy

Miko Flohr, JMA-Chairholder (2 May – end of July 2023)

Leiden University, The Netherlands

Axel Christophersen, JMA Chairholder (11 April - 8 June 2023)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU, Norway

Leonardo García Sanjuán, JMA Chairholder (March - June 2023)

University of Seville, Spain

Anders Fischer, JMA Chairholder (January - March 2023)

Sealand Archaeology, Kalundborg, Denmark

Gary Feinman, JMA Chairholder (November 2022 - February 2023)

Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA

Pavos Avramidis, JMA Chairholder (July - September 2022)

University of Patras, Rio, Greece

Carenza Lewis, JMA Chairholder (June - July 2022, and in Spring 2023)

University of Lincoln, UK

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, JMA Chairholder (March - May 2022)

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Charlotte Brysting Damm, JMA Chairholder (September - December 2021)

Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø

Tim Kohler, JMA Chairholder (September - December 2021)

Washington State University in Pullman, USA

Ignacio Mundo, JMA Chairholder (Nov 2020-Feb 2021)

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo at Mendoza, Argentina


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