Veit Erlmann

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Professor of Ethnomusicology

Endowed Chair of Music History

Veit Erlmann 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, Indonesia and in several African countries such as Cameroon, Niger, Ghana, South Africa and Lesotho. Dr. Erlmann has been on the faculties of the University of Natal, the University of Chicago, the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the Free University of Berlin. Among his publications are African Stars, Studies in Black South African Performance; Nightsong, Performance, Power and Practice in South Africa; and Music, Modernity and the Global Imagination, South Africa and the West; and Reason and Resonance. A History of Modern Aurality. His most recent book is Lion’s Share. Remaking South African Copyright, published by Duke University Press. Dr. Erlmann has held many visiting professorships, including at the University of Chicago, Humboldt University in Berlin, and the University of Cape Town. He also received numerous prizes and honors, such as a Heisenberg Fellowship and the Mercator Prize, the highest awards given by the German Research Foundation DFG, and a Fulbright Scholar Award.


MUS 342
Music of South Africa

MUS 342
Music in Indonesia

MUS 385J
Music and Modernity in Indonesia

MUS 385J
Auditory Culture

MUS 385J
Music and Popular Culture in South Africa

MUS 385J

MUS 385J
Music and Intellectual Property Law

Lion's Share. Remaking South African Copyright

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Contact Information


Campus location
MRH 3.134

Teaching Areas

Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Research Areas

South Africa


Sound Studies

Copyright Law

Cultural Industries


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Cologne

University of Cologne

Dr. Habil.
Free University Berlin