Professor Veit Erlmann to teach at UCT

8 Feb 2019 - 12:30

Veit Erlmann of the University of Texas at Austin will be teaching this semester at the SACM as a Fulbright Scholar. He will be teaching an undergraduate course on the “Music of South Africa” and a postgraduate course on the “Creative Industries in Africa.”

Currently Veit Erlmann holds the Endowed Chair of Music History at the Butler School of Music where he is professor of anthropology and ethnomusicology. He studied musicology, sociology, anthropology and philosophy in Berlin and Cologne, where he obtained a Dr.phil. in 1978 and did a Habilitation in musicology in 1989 and in anthropology in 1994.

He has done fieldwork in Ecuador and in several African countries such as Cameroon, Niger, Ghana, South Africa and Lesotho. He also writes on sound, law and the history of science. Dr. Erlmann has been on the faculties of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Chicago, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the Free University of Berlin. In addition, he also taught at Humboldt University in Berlin.

He has published seven books, numerous articles, and three CDs one of which was nominated for a Grammy Award. A new book titled Lion’s Share. Remaking South African Copyright is forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Professor Erlmann is also the recipient of several prestigious awards and fellowships, including the Alan P.Merriam Prize for the best English-language monograph in ethnomusicology, the Heisenberg Fellowship and the Meractor Prize given by the German Research Foundation, and a Fulbright Scholar Award. Since 2015 he has served as editor of the journal Sound Studies. An Interdisciplinary Journal.

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