December 20, 2021

Attending to the Moment, 3rd AoM-LS/MC in 2022

After a COVID-induced break, we are now pleased to welcome Louise Meintjes as speaker and key discussant for our 3rd Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class, 13-16 July, 2022, at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany).
June 20, 2022

Lecture 2: Multimodality in Music Ethnography

A collaborative experiment at lifting my ethnography, Dust of the Zulu, off the page into a multimedia installation raised questions about the risks, challenges, promise and pleasures of multimodal ethnographic work about song and dance. I address the process and outcome of remixing the aesthetic, sensory and political registers of the book as a form of reciprocity and participation in a public anthropology of the arts.
June 20, 2022

Lecture 3: The Bellow of the Sacrificial Ox: Sound in precarious times

I explore the aesthetic value of cattle in Zulu song and dance, including in courting and wedding rituals. Worsening drought, floods, overgrazing, unemployment and inflation (exacerbated by the pandemic’s wrath), and a legacy of violence point to a time of dire economic contraction in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal. Yet largesse that includes cattle prevails. I listen in to celebratory events to consider this seeming contradiction.